Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann at the Bruce Museum

This spring and summer the Bruce Museum located on One Museum Drive in Greenwich will be awash in the vibrant hues of
Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann.

Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann, is the first ever exhibition to focus on the artist’s varied and under-appreciated public
mural projects that will be on view at the Bruce Museum through September 6. The show will then travel to The Patricia
and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL (October 10, 2015 to January 3, 2016), and to the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (January 22 to April 10, 2016).

Awakening Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) Awakening, 1947 Oil on canvas, 59 ¼  x 40 ¼ in. Private Collection Photograph by Paul Mutino  Works by Hans Hofmann used with permission of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust

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Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)
Awakening, 1947
Oil on canvas, 59 ¼ x 40 ¼ in.
Private Collection
Photograph by Paul Mutino
Works by Hans Hofmann used with permission of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust

A towing figure among the New York School painters and one of the most important teachers and theoretician of the Abstract
Expressionist movement, Hans Hoffman is well known for his dynamic approach to color. The centerpiece of Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann will be nine oil studies by Hofmann,each seven feet tall, for the redesign of the Peruvian city of Chimbote. This was Hofmann’s extraordinary collaboration, in 1950, with Catalan architect José Luis Sert – the man who designed the
Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair in 1937, for which Picasso’s great mural Guernica was conceived. Although never realized, this visionary project was to include a huge mosaic wall – a freestanding bell tower in the town center – designed by Hofmann, which would incorporate not only his own highly evolved notions of Abstract Expressionist visual dynamics, but also forms symbolic of traditional Peruvian culture, religion and history.

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Although now nearly forgotten, Hofmann also created two huge public murals in Manhattan. In 1956, for the developer William Kaufman, and in collaboration with the noted pioneer modernist architect William Lescaze, Hofmann created an astonishing, brilliantly colored mosaic mural, wrapped around the elevator bank in the main entrance hall of the office building at 711 Third Avenue. Two years later, in 1958, commissioned by the New York City Board of Education, Hofmann created a 64-foot long and
11-foot tall mosaic-tile mural for the High School of Printing (now the High School of Graphic Arts Communication) on West 49th Street.
These large scale stunning works will be brought back to life at the Bruce Museum via varied painted studies, mosaic maquettes, photos, and ephemera – as well as studies for a mural for an unrealized New York apartment house of the same period – which will show Hofmann’s working methods.

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A scholarly catalogue has been created for the exhibition, with a foreword from the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, and essays by Curator Kenneth Silver and Mary McLeod, Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. Public programming planned for the exhibition includes the 2015 Bob and Pam Goergen Lecture Series, with lectures by Curator Kenneth E. Silver on Tuesday, May 5; Stacey Gershon, principal at Stacey Gershon Fine Art/MLG Art Advisory on Thursday, June 11; and Mary McLeod, Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Columbia University, on Thursday, June 25. All lectures will be held at the Museum and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

About the Bruce Museum
The Bruce Museum is a museum of art and science and is located at One Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22 years, $6 for seniors and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376 or visit the website at http://brucemuseum.org. For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Monroe Through Time’ to be launched at The Castle June 7

Hollywood icon Jimmy Cagney, master swindler Phillip Musica and operatic diva Lisa Roma appear in a gallery of illustrious personalities in “Monroe Through Time,” an illustrated chronicle of Monroe’s historic legacy to be launched June 7 (Sunday) at the landmark Castle on Route 111.

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Their association with Monroe is detailed in a 100-page book assembled by the Monroe Historical Society that also reaches into the past of two additional women of accomplishment, Mary O’Hara, the author of the classic “My Friend Flicka,” and reclusive inventress Annie Moss.

What the houses and public buildings and landscape of Monroe looked like as far back as two centuries ago in contrast with how those same sites appear today is the theme of the publication and a backdrop for the profiles of celebrities—and notorious figures–who lived in town.

For the book launch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Monroe Historical Society has assembled a package for the public-at- large, offering:

Tours of The Castle that developer John Kimball purchased from the Sisters of Nazareth in 2013 and has converted into his home and office space, preserving the native stone exterior, Dutch oven in the basement and fireplaces inlaid with rose quartz from an open pit mine off Webb Circle.

A copy of the book (published by Foothill Media, Concord, MA) with a wrap-around color cover depicting a bird’s eye view of the

Monroe Center Green in 1940 created in acrylic by David Merrill of Southbury who grew up in Monroe and recalls, as a boy, playing pick-up football on the green.

Lunch under an all-weather tent on the grounds of the castle, also free parking.

Membership in the Monroe Historical Society (established 1959), a volunteer-driven nonprofit dedicated to conserving Monroe’s heritage and the proprietor of three historic buildings.

Samplings of two beers developed by the Veracious Brewing Company (on Route 25) with names linked to Monroe’s heritage: a pale ale called “1823 Inc.” (the year Monroe was incorporated) and “Owd Boreas,” a double-red ale named after the rooster that supposedly belonged to the mythic witch Hannah Cranna.

Cost of the basic ticket: $60 (discounted to $35 for those already members of the Monroe Historical Society and a member of a couple requiring only one book). Reservations are required. For information: Marven Moss at mmoss36@yahoo.com or 203.268.2961

John Funt and Gerald Incandela to show at Five Points Gallery

Five Points Gallery, located in Downtown Torrington, will open a new exhibition “John Funt and Gerald Incandela at Five Points” on Thursday, May 28th. The show will run through June 27 and will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Five Points Gallery is free and open to the public. An opening reception will take place on Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. and an artist talk with occur on Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend both events, which are sponsored by Burlington Construction.

John Funt Waterfall

John Funt Waterfall

John Funt studied art with sculptor Rhys Caparn at the Dalton School in New York and with painter Joseph Slate at Kenyon College in Ohio. He has had solo exhibitions at Nelson Macker Fine Art, Morgan Lehman Gallery, James Graham and Sons and the Norfolk Library. Funt has worked as an event designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Designer and Display Director for Tiffany & Company but for the past decade, has devoted himself full-time to painting.

Commenting on Funt’s work, The New Criterion wrote: “John Funt turns the dynamics of landscape around.” Another review from The New Yorker described his work as follows: ” The wide-screen format announces representational intent; the jewel-like undertones and simplified forms reveal the fundamental decorative impulse.”

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Incandella Card

Gerald Incandela is an American artist, born in Tunisia. Incandela received a philosophy degree in 1969, then moved to Paris where he studied art history. In 1974, Gerald Incandela began to photograph and soon after learned photographic printing. He is recognized for his unique photographic process, by which he conceptually merges drawing and photography. During the course of developing the large format, black and white prints, Incandela selectively applies developer and fixer on paper with a brush as to reveal and animate selected elements of the captured image.

His work is in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Incandela has had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad and has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions. In his recent body of work, Gerald Incandela has transitioned from drawing with the photographic medium to painting with it. The tones and colors are the result of the action of regular light oxidizing the silver in the paper before fixing the image. It is not a tinted or colored silver print and therefore not “mixed media”. Each one is unique because Incandela applies selectively the solutions onto the paper instead of immersing the paper evenly in the solutions.

Five Points Gallery is located at 33 Main Street, Torrington, CT. Hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open by appointment. For more information please visit www.fivepointsgallery.org.

For more event information www.litchfieldhills.com

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Welcomes Six Piglets

Hampton J. Pig and Olivia have done it again – welcoming a litter of six again this year – the sixth year in a row these lovers have produced piglets. Hampton and Olivia are both eight years old Guinea Hogs. The six piglets, as well as their parents, are currently on exhibit at the Zoo through the summer season. Visitors are invited to come to the Zoo to meet the rambunctious new additions to the Zoo’s family.

Olivia rests while her 6 piglets frolic in the New England Farmyard.

Olivia rests while her 6 piglets frolic in the New England Farmyard.

The piglets range in weight from just under one pound to two pounds. When fully grown, Guinea Hogs may reach 100 to 300 pounds. They also are known as Pineywoods Guinea, Acorn eater, Guinea Forest hog, and Yard pig. According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), the hogs were once the most numerous pig breed found on farms in the Southeast but today there are fewer than 200. Guinea hogs are classified as critical, versus endangered, by ALBC and are unique to the United States.

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The Zoo exhibits the Guinea Hogs in the New England Farmyard. The Zoo’s one male and two female Guinea Hogs came from Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita and Virginia Zoo respectively.

The zoo, located on 1875 Noble Ave in Bridgeport Connecticut is open seven days a week, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for more information http://www.beardsleyzoo.org.

Beautiful Nuances of Childhood Captured in Portrait Exhibit at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum has opened a new exhibition entitled, Childhood Portraits: Our Children, Our Future, in collaboration with the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (CSOPA) and Stepping Stones Museum for Children. This exhibit runs through June 28 at LMMM, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT.

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The Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum and Stepping Stones Museum for Children have brought together 21 original portraits of children by 21 professional artists into public view. Many of the participating families never dreamed of such an opportunity and kids are sure to be excited to see their photo in the magnificent setting of this museum.

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From Ancient Greece’s depiction of deities to Andy Warhol’s celebrity portraits, not to mention today’s selfie craze, the art of portraiture has been a part of society since its inception. This exhibit will explore this enduring artistic form with portraits of children created exclusively by CSOPA members after a “Matching Event” which was held on November 15, 2014 at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. At this event children also explored the art of self-portraiture under the guidance of CSOPA artists and Stepping Stones educators.

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The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit: www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

Naugatuck RR offers Wine Train Ride

The Naugatuck Railroad and Haigh-Brown Vineyard have teamed up on Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. for a scenic ride along the Naugatuck River with a stop at Haight-Brown Vineyard in Litchfield. This unique experience includes a scenic train ride, full wine tasting, food and winery tour. This train ride is for adults only and the cost is $75 per person. For tickets https://www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/rmne/index.cfm

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Participants will spend the afternoon in old-time luxury! Meet at the Railroad Museum of New England’s Thomaston train station located on 242 East Main Street just off of Rte. 8, 20 to 30 minutes prior to the 2 pm train time before boarding a 1920s era vintage railroad car.

Guests on the train will enjoy a scenic New England train ride while sipping a glass or two of wine and light appetizers from Haight Brown Vineyard. Upon returning to the train station, ticket holders will return to their vehicles and travel 8 miles to Haight-Brown Vineyard via scenic Route 254, a 10 minute trip.

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Upon arrival at the vineyard, participants will continue their wine tasting, paired with generous small plate delights! This special excursion is hosted by staff from the Vineyard and by the volunteers of the Railroad Museum of New England. For more information on the Naugatuck Railroad http://rmne.org.

New at the Vineyard is a new wine that was released on Mothers Day which is called Strawberry Bliss that is a riesling strawberry wine. For more information about Haight-Brown Vineyard http://www.haightvineyards.com.

For area information www.litchfieldhills.com

Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past at the Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum located on One Museum Drive in Greenwich Connecticut has a show through November 8 titled Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past, that only hints at the intrigue waiting for visitors to the Bruce Museum’s science gallery. Isolated for the last 88 million years, Madagascar is populated by hundreds of remarkable species that are found nowhere else on Earth.

Dinosaur Skull Cast skull of the Malagasy dinosaur Majungasaurus.  Bruce Museum Collection Photograph by Paul Mutino.

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Cast skull of the Malagasy dinosaur Majungasaurus.
Bruce Museum Collection
Photograph by Paul Mutino.

Visitors will explore three major phases of Malagasy history and encounter a variety of living and extinct species. The exhibition includes casts of a carnivorous theropod dinosaur suspected of cannibalism and a snub-nosed plant-eating crocodilian.

Visitors will encounter giant lemurs, pygmy hippos and the elephant bird, a giant flightless species with an egg holding the volume of 150 chicken eggs!

Lemur Crowned lemur, Eulemur coronatus  Specimen courtesy Duke Lemur Center Bruce Museum Collection Photograph by Paul Mutino

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Crowned lemur, Eulemur coronatus
Specimen courtesy Duke Lemur Center
Bruce Museum Collection
Photograph by Paul Mutino

The exhibition concludes by touching on the present, following the rapid extinction of many species as humans arrive on Madagascar.

There is a science lecture on June 2 at 7 pm and explores the bizarre and marvelous dinosaurs and other vertebrates of Madagascar. Dr. David Krause is the lecturer. To reserve call 203-413-6757. There is a 6:30 p.m. reception for both events.

Masiakasaurus Masiakasaurus knopfleri, a small predatory dinosaur with unusual teeth Model created by Sean Murtha Photograph by Paul Mutino

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Masiakasaurus knopfleri, a small predatory dinosaur with unusual teeth
Model created by Sean Murtha
Photograph by Paul Mutino

On August 16 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. there is a Madagascar Family Day that will feature fun family activities for all ages and a performance by Erik’s Reptile Edventures. See live reptiles and amphibians from Madagascar and learn about their adaptations and the role they play in rainforest ecology and Malagasy culture.

For more information about the Bruce Museum https://brucemuseum.org