Archive for the ‘General’ Category
There’s a lot going on — all kinds of things — on Thursday in downtown Bridgeport.
9:30 a.m. -5 p.m.: Paint & Print: A Life in Art. Works by Frieda Howling at University Gallery, Bernhard Ctr, University of Bridgeport
11:30: Lunchtime music in the Arcade Mall Atrium, 1001 Main St. Music courtesy of students from University of Bridgeport
11:30: Book sale at the Burroughs Public Libray, Broad St,
Noon: MAAC men’s and women’s basketball championship
5-8 p.m. Reception for “It’s for You,” Conceptual Art and the Telephone, Housatonic Museum of Art, 900 Lafayette Boulevard
5-7 p.m.: Reception for “Paper or Plastic?” at the BAAC Gallery, Arcade Building
6:30 HCC Performing Arts Center presents “Timeline” at Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Boulevard, Brigdeport
Timeline is a play that travels to different periods in African American history. It gives the audience the chance to witness the African Americans’ struggles and successes from 1400 to 2010. Timeline does this through its monologues, music, and dance. Not only will you be entertained but also you will be educated. Written and directed by Tenisi Davis, Kevin Green and LA-Toya Sullivan. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation takes place in Lafayette Hall A103.:00pm
9 p.m. Voodoo Thursday/College Night at Two Boots Cafe, Bridgeport, 281 Fairfield Ave, 203-331-1377
City Lights Gallery is celebrating the pre-Columbian art of the Taínos.
The “Arte de Taínos” exhibit brings us three events that recognize the rich Taino culture of the Caribbean. This comes together with celebrations marking Independence Day in the Dominican Republic.
Art in this exbibit, sponsored in part by The Dominican American Coalition of Connecticut and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, is from the private collection of Simon Veras.
Tomorrow, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.. a Latino Poetry Reading features Walter Dionoso, Ana I. Hidrogue, Marianela Medrano Marra, Carlos Mavila, Moises Mercedes, Angel Reyes, and Victor Toyo.
Then, on Sunday, Feb. 27, celebrate Dominican Independence Day with an 11:00 a.m. flag rasing on Lyon Terrace, followed by a light buffet and dance performance. Suggested donation is $5 to benefit both the Dominican American Coaltion and City Lights.
Then, a movie night comes on Friday, March 4. Doors open at 6:30 and the screening begins at 7 with “In the Time of the Butterflies” starring Salma Hayek. Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $5.
The Taínos aren’t as well-known as the Mayans or the Aztecs, but they were the indigenous people of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico. Their culture was devastated hundreds of years ago, but today many Caribbean people identify as Taíno. Over 60 percent of Puerto Rican people are thought to have Taíno ancestry, and one professor on the island suggests that these ancestors might have a stronger DNA presence in the population than that from African or Caucasian relatives.
So have the Tainos really vanished? At the end of the current Wikipedia page on this tribe, Antonio de Moya, a Dominican educator, is quoted as saying: “…the [Indian] genocide is the big lie of our history… the Dominican Taínos continue to live, 500 years after European contact.”
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The Florence Griswold Museum will be showing off its newest old painting on Saturday. It was created well after the height of Impressionism, but is a beauty nonetheless.
Wilson Irvine’ s “The Broken Wall,” ca. 1926, is a gift of George Yeager. The museum quotes art historian Harold Spencer as hailing “The Broken Wall” as “a quintessential winter landscape and one of Irvine’s most effective and complex compositions.
“He noted how rays of sunlight lead one’s eyes through the opening in the tree line and the break in the stone wall into a radiant, snowy clearing beyond.”
It will be on public view Saturday when the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection show begins.
In 2001, the museum “underwent a dramatic transformation” when the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company entrusted its American paintings collection to them.
With this transfer of art, the Flo gained 190 American paintings, prints, and sculpture from the 18th to the 20th century, with an emphasis on Connecticut’s artistic heritage. The exhibit that begins pairs highlights from the original corporate collection with three dozen recent acquisitions, including Irvine’s, that reflect the Museum’s expanded focus on American art.
Arts councils are notoriously contentious, but sometimes some clarification really is in order.
The Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council is holding a public meeting to “discuss the BACC mission and solicit ideas and concerns from artists and the community.”
Whether or not this is a direct reacton, this meeting follows some criticism from a Black Rock artist, going under the name “Phineas T Barnum” on Facebook, who is unhappy that their signage and website design, and now their Heroes poster series, has been handed to a designer who lives in neighboring Fairfield.This doesn’t violate BACC bylaws, as far as I know, but does this indicate the BACC is more of a regional concern? Their tagline refers to “Bridgeport and the Region,” but should local artists demand more loyalty?
Should the BACC hire and exhibit Bridgeport residents only? Say goodbye to the sculpture vault, if that’s the case. Or should the best talent be engaged as long as it in the cause of furthering the city’s arts scene? Even if that means bypassing, and possibly alienating, a squadron of artists within spitting distance.
Their leader, Kenneth R. Kahn, lives in Hartford, so right off the bat it doesn’t seem their mission limits them to engaging help from within our city limits.
This Connecticut Post story tells you about their stated mission and where their startup money comes from. Most funding comes from out of town, although it’s all from within the state. What were the expectations of these benefactors?
The meeting is a good chance to check out the Arts Council office in the Arcade, 1001-12 Main St, but more important, to talk about its place in the city’s arts community. The gathering is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22.
The Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council is taking names.
If you’re an artist who lives or works in Bridgeport, the BACC is asking for up to five pix of your artwork and studio to email@example.com. They are putting together a registery which will be available online.
You are asked to include your name, one line about your work, web address and contact number/email.
Eileen has brought her Black Rock Gallery east of the Pequonnock, and now it is fitting that we explore the city’s East Side.
The East Side is gritty and hardscrabble and its footprint is little changed from its industrial-era hay day.
Charles Brilvitch and Mary Witkowski, Bridgeport’s two most celebrated historians, will discuss the history of the East Side, and the old Armstrong factory, now 305 Knowlton, which is where Ms. Walsh’s 305K Gallery and several artist lofts are housed. This free discussion will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at the 305K Gallery.
Ms. Witkowski runs the Bridgeport History Center, blogs as the Curious Historian, and contributes to the Bridgeport News as the city’s official historian. Mr. Brilvitch is a past city historian and a noted expert in the architectural history of the city of Bridgeport. He has lead many walking tours from Black Rock to the East Side and could make your head explode with his depth of knowledge.
At Sacred Heart University’s contemporary art gallery, one man’s trash is another man’s art exhibit. After a little reinterpretation, of course.
Curator Laura Einstein offers Contemporary Souvenirs, an exhibit that dwells on the “artistic use and interpretation of the discarded materials from our modern world.”
Generally we don’t pay much attention to the mundane objects that we use each and every day that are ubiquitous in our 2011 cultural footprint. The ritual transformation of remnants—including air conditioning filters, record albums, construction site materials, deer netting, receipts and more— into works of art, tracks from the minutiae to the grandiose.
The works in this exhibition make us wonder if there is a ritual of collecting for the included artists June Ahrens, Ula Einstein, Joseph Fucigna, Constance Old and Paul Villinski. Perhaps the works commemorate the notion that human beings are ephemeral but what we manufacture, in the long run, might not be.
Contemporary Souvenirs opens with a reception at 1 p.m., jazz music by the Carol Sudhalter duo, and a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m., both on Sunday, Jan. 23. The show runs until March 3.