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Bruce Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day; free admission for two on Sept. 22

Phyllis Yes is among the women artists featured in ReTooled, on view at the Bruce on Museum Day, which focuses on
“Women Making History.” Shown above is Paint Can with Brush, 1981, mixed media with paint. Photo courtesy of Joel Breger.

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 22, 2018, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

Museum Day tickets are now available for download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums may be found at

The theme of this year’s Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation, and culture and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.

“We are pleased to join museums across the country in offering free access to the Bruce on September 22,” says Scott Smith, Museum spokesman. “An added benefit is that this year, Museum Day marks the opening of our signature fall exhibition, ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection.”

ReTooled includes the work of 28 artists, including artists Arman, Richard Estes, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, and Phyllis Yes; photographers Berenice Abbott and Walker Evans; as well as pop artists Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, and James Rosenquist.

Featuring more than 40 richly imaginative, quirky, and thought-provoking paintings, sculptures, photographs, and sketches, ReTooled celebrates the prevalence of tools in our lives with art that transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works that speak of beauty, insight, and wit.

 Other exhibitions on view at the Bruce on Museum Day include:

  • Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957-64 showcases the graphic evolution of the famed trompe l’oeil artist, whose career was launched with youthful “style jumping” inspired by German Expressionist printmakers and Abstract Expressionist painters.
  • A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditionstraces the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest Mexican-inspired Saltillo serapes, c. 1880, to mid-20th century pictorial rugs. On view will be a dozen items from the Museum’s Native American ethnographic collection – some of which have never been publicly exhibited –and artifacts from Greenwich heiress Margaret Cranford, who spent a lifetime traveling the world to collect fine decorative art, jewelry, and textiles.
  • Wild Bees: Photographs by Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman features exquisite color photographs of native bees in their natural habitats, along with an exploration of their varied lifestyles.


In conjunction with Museum Day’s Women Making History theme, Bruce Museum educators will be hosting art activities centered on women artists who use repeated patterns and motifs, such as the Navajo weavers and Phyllis Yes, creator of the Paint Can with Brush mixed media piece featured in ReTooled. The program will be offered for children and their families on a drop-in basis from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

For additional information, call 203-869-0376 or visit