Bruce Museum/Seaside Center calendar of events

The following is the calendar of events from January through March at the Bruce Museum and Seaside Center.

Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, brucemuseum.org, 203-869-0376

Bruce Museum Seaside Center, Tod’s Driftway, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich  

Every Friday, 12:30 pm, and Tuesday, 1:30 pm. Docent-led Exhibition Tour. Approximately one-hour tour of Museum galleries. No reservation required. Free with admission.

Every Tuesday and Friday, 2:30-2:45 pm. Marine Tank Animal Feeding.  

January

Sunday & Monday, January 1 & 2. Bruce Museum closed.

Sunday, January 1, 9:00 – 11:00 am. First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point. Co-sponsored by Wild Wings and Bruce Museum. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and meet near southern concession stand. Free. No registration required.

Sunday, January 1, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center. Polar Bears. Held at Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich. Warm up with polar bear activities all afternoon. At 2 pm, watch a video that follows scientists who, with the help of Inuit hunters, study the health and future of polar bears off the coast of Greenland. Free. No registration required.

Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Bruce Beginnings. Children, ages 3-5, and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. Free and no advanced registration is required. Changing topics: Snow Tracks, Museum I Spy, Triassic Creatures, Making Marks, Minerals Rock.

Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:00 – 10:45 am. Bruce Beginnings, Members Only. For Bruce Museum members only. Children, ages 3-5, and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. Free with admission and no advanced registration is required. Changing topics: Snow Tracks, Museum I Spy, Triassic Creatures, Making Marks.

Sundays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours. Designed for children aged 6-10 and their families, these tours will provide an interactive, discussion-based tour of the museum’s current exhibitions led by a museum educator. This program is free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.

Sunday, January 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Art Adventures: Enchanting Lands. A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. In this program, participants will have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.

Thursday, January 12, 9:45 – 10:45 am. Bruce Beginnings Jr. This hour-long program, held on the second Thursday of each month, provides a welcoming and engaging museum experience for toddlers, ages 10 months -24 months, and their caregivers through hands-on play and exploration. Sessions are inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibits. Free with admission and no advanced registration is required.

Monday, January 16, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Family Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Bruce Museum is open today. Fun family activities from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm are free with admission. African and African-American storytelling performance by Eshu Bumpus at 11:00 am and again at 1:00 pm. Eshu Bumpus captivates his audience by telling tales leavened with music, humor and mystery. His stories encourage laughter, creativity and participation. Eshu is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist and a master at physical characterization, who has performed in 26 states across the country. Limited seating.

Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Film Screening and Artist/Curator Discussion. The Stamford Photography Club, in cooperation with the Bruce Museum, presents From Darkroom to Daylight, a documentary film by Harvey Wang. Offered in conjunction with the Bruce Museum’s exhibition Towards Abstraction, 1940 -1985: Brett Weston Photographs from the Bruce Museum Collection, the program includes the screening and discussion with filmmaker Harvey Wang and Bruce Museum Deputy Director Susan Ball, exhibition curator. Harvey Wang’s film From Darkroom to Daylight explores the transition in photography from film to digital. The film (and book of the same name) features interviews & profiles with important figures in the field of photography. Each shares their personal perspective on this monumental shift in the practice of photography, and how it has influenced their work. The stories are told through studio visits, artists’ work and archival imagery. Advance registration suggested on Bruce Museum Eventbrite: Free for SPC and Bruce members, $10 for non-members. At the door: $10 SPC and Bruce members, $20 non-members.  

Sunday, January 22, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Art Adventures: Photography.

A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. In this program, participants will have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.

Wednesday, January 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Evening Art Lecture. Reflections on Monet’s Water Lilies by Dr. Paul Hayes Tucker, professor of art at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Claude Monet: Life and Art, Monet at Argenteuil, Monet in the ‘90s, and Monet in the Twentieth Century. Claude Monet’s most famous paintings arguably are the nearly 200 he executed of his water lily garden in Giverny from approximately 1900 until his death in 1926. This lecture will examine the intricacies of these remarkable works and their many levels of meaning. The lecture is held in conjunction with the Bruce Museum’s exhibition Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master. Advance registration suggested on  Eventbrite.com: Free for Bruce members, $10 for non-members. At the door: $10 Bruce members, $20 non-members.

Sunday, January 29, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Science Sunday: Mass Extinction. A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advance registration is required.

February

Wednesdays, February 1, 8 15, 22, 10:00 – 10:45 am. Bruce Beginnings, Members Only. For Bruce Museum members only. Children, ages 3-5, and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. Free with admission and no advanced registration is required. Topics will rotate between art and science: Minerals Rock, Let’s Look!, The Skin I’m In, Artful Stories

Thursday, February 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Evening Art Lecture. Title TBA, by Dr. Erica E. Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The lecture is held in conjunction with the Bruce Museum’s exhibition Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master. Advance registration suggested on Eventbrite.com: Free for Bruce members, $10 for non-members. At the door: $10 Bruce members, $20 non-members.

Sunday, February 5, 9:00 – 11:00 am. First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point. Co-sponsored by Wild Wings and Bruce Museum. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and meet near southern concession stand. Free. No registration required.

Sundays, February 5, 12, 19, 26. 11:30 am – 12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours. Free with admission, no registration required. Best for ages 6-10.

Sunday, February 5, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Art Adventures: Loose Landscapes. A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. In this program, participants will have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.  

Mondays February 6, 13, 27, 10:00 – 11:00 am. Monday Morning Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.

2/6 – Dr. Susan Strauber, Professor of Art History at Grinnell College, on Impressionism

2/13 – Alison Hokanson, Assistant Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the works by Sisley in the Met.

2/27 – Laura Dickey Corey, PhD candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, on Mary Cassatt’s continuing ties to the US, in her art, life, and art advising, even while taking up permanent residence in France.

Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Bruce Beginnings. Children, ages 3-5, and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. This program is free with general admission and no advanced registration is required. Topics will rotate between art and science: Let’s Look!, The Skin I’m In, Artful Stories, Seaside Sights and Sounds

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Science Lecture. From Molecules to Mass Extinction: Using Chemical Clues to Unlock the Secrets of the Past. Dr. Jessica Whiteside, Associate Professor, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton. Light refreshments and open galleries at 6:30 pm, lecture at 7:00 pm. Members free, non-members $15. Reservations suggested; call 203-413-6757 or email [email protected]

Thursday, February 9, 9:45 – 10:45 am. Bruce Beginnings Jr. This hour-long program, held on the second Thursday of each month, provides a welcoming and engaging museum experience for toddlers, ages 10 months -24 months, and their caregivers through hands-on play and exploration. Sessions are inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibits. Free with admission; no advanced registration is required.

Sunday, February 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Science Sunday: Triassic Creatures. A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advance registration is required.

Sunday, February 12, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Fred Elser Second Sunday Science at the Seaside Center. Sex in the Sea.Perfect for Valentine’s Day! At 2:00 pm, scientist, author and researcher Marah Hardt will talk about her popular science book Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep, exploring the weird and wild reproductive habits of marine animals  and why  understanding these strategies matters. Fun marine valentine activities for all ages all afternoon.

Sunday, February 19, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Family Studio Workshops: Exploring Impressionism. This program is a full 1½-hour workshop designed for families with children 5 and older. Fee: $7 per person for members and $15 for non-members. Please register in advanced eventbrite.com by Thursday, February 16. Decisions about whether or not the Family Studio Workshop will run will be made at this time.

Monday, February 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Afternoons at the Bruce: Painting En Plein Air. Spend the afternoon off from school discovering, learning and creating! Workshops are designed for grades K-5 and explore the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Bundle up, we will be venturing outside! Members $15; non-members $25. Advanced registration is required at eventbrite.com, space limited. Please register by Thursday, February 16.

Sunday, February 26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Art Adventures: Picture Perfect. A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. In this program, participants will have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.

March

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:00 – 10:45 am. Bruce Beginnings, Members Only. Children, ages 3-5, and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. Free with general admission and no advanced registration is required. Topics will rotate between art and science: Seaside Sights and Sounds, This Land is Your Land, Paleontology Pals, Making Faces, Spring has Spring

Thursday, March 2, 11:30 – 3:00 pm Art of Design. This benefit event features a distinguished group of panelists exploring the intersection of art and design for a conversation on how successful design is approached in today’s complex world. The discussion may cover a range of fields such as culinary arts, fashion, luxury goods, landscape architecture and high-end car design. Tickets required. For more information, contact Lindsay Saltz at 203-413-6761.

Sunday, March 5, 9:00 – 11:00 am. First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point. Co-sponsored by Wild Wings and Bruce Museum. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and meet near southern concession stand. Free. No registration required.

Sunday, March 5, 1:00-4:00 PM. “Framing Nature” Graduate Student Symposium. Moderated by Dr. James Henry Rubin, Professor at Stony Brook University, New York. Offered in conjunction with Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master, MA/ PhD students will present interdisciplinary papers that engage the multifaceted ways that artists and architects frame nature in their work. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899): Impressionist Master. Advance registration suggested: Free for Bruce members, and students and educators with ID, $10 for non-members. At the door: $10 Bruce members, and students and educators with ID, $20 non-members.

Sunday, March 5, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center. Testing the Waters Panel Discussion. Held at Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich.  Learn about assessing the water quality of Long Island Sound and nearby waters, and using citizen science to restore clean water to the Sound. Hear from Save the Sound Executive Director Curt Johnson, Earthplace’s Harbor Watch Director Sarah Crosby, Greenwich Health Department’s Division of Environmental Services Director Mike Long, Greenwich Shellfish Commissioner Roger Bowgen and Greenwich Conservation Director Denise Savageau. Panel discussion 2:00 -3:15 pm, plus family activities 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Free. No registration required.

Sundays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours. Free with admission, no registration required. Best for ages 6-10.

Sunday, March 5, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Art Adventures: Gallery Sketching. A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. In this program, participants will have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.  

Monday, March 6 10:00 – 11:00 am. Monday Morning Lecture Series. Heidi Hirschl, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA, will speak about her work on the recent exhibition Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty and Degas’s engagement in printmaking and Impressionist prints generally. Free and open to the public.

Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Bruce Beginnings. Children, ages 3-5, and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. Free with general admission and no advanced registration is required. Topics will rotate between art and science: This Land is Your Land, Paleontology Pals, Making Faces, Spring has Spring

March 9, 9:45 – 10:45 am. Bruce Beginnings Jr., This hour-long program, held on the second Thursday of each month, provides a welcoming and engaging museum experience for toddlers, ages 10-24 months, and their caregivers through hands-on play and exploration. Sessions are inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibits. This program is free with admission and no advanced registration is required.

Thursday March 9, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Lifetime of Looking: Sites and Sounds. For adults with memory loss and their caregivers. Reservations required at [email protected] or 203-413-6741.  

Sunday, March 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Science Sunday: Time in the Touch Tank. A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advance registration is required.

Sunday, March 12, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Sunday Afternoon Lecture Series. (Additional dates, April 2, 9).Dr. Jenny Parsons, Assistant Curator, Florence Griswold Museum, will speak about American Impressionism in conjunction with Bruce Museum’s exhibition Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Science Lecture and Fossil Identification Session. Nicholas G. McDonald, author of Window into the Jurassic World. Bring your fossils to be identified by a paleontologist! Fossil ID session, open galleries and light refreshments 6:00 – 7:00 pm, lecture 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Members free, non-members $15. Reservations suggested; call 203-413-6757 or email [email protected]

Sunday, March 26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Art Adventures: Portrait Studio.

A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. In this program, participants will have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.

Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Live Interactive Panel: Giants of the Animal World. Meet the world’s experts on the largest dinosaurs, sharks, birds, and more and ask YOUR questions in this interactive panel. Light refreshments and open galleries at 6:00 pm, panel begins 6:30 pm. Members free, non-members $15. Reservations suggested; call 203-413-6757 or email [email protected]

Thursday, March 29 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Evening Art Lecture. Peter C. Sutton, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce Museum, will lecture in conjunction with the Bruce Museum’s exhibition Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection. Advance registration required on Bruce Museum Eventbrite.com.

Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center will feature a program on Polar Bears Jan. 1.

Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center will feature a program on Polar Bears Jan. 1.

Bruce Beginnings for children, ages 3-5, and their caregivers features an exploration of the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities.

Bruce Beginnings for children, ages 3-5, and their caregivers features an exploration of the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day The Bruce hosts African and African-American storytelling performance by Eshu Bumpus.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day The Bruce hosts African and African-American storytelling performance by Eshu Bumpus.

The Stamford Photography Club, in cooperation with the Bruce Museum, presents From Darkroom to Daylight, a documentary film by Harvey Wang on Jan. 18.

The Stamford Photography Club, in cooperation with the Bruce Museum, presents From Darkroom to Daylight, a documentary film by Harvey Wang on Jan. 18.

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