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Miniature Sculpture Show to Open at the Bruce for the Holidays

Tracey Snelling (American, b. 1970) 7 Eleven, 2015. Wood, paint, plastic, lights, cold cathode lights, LCD screen, media player, speakers, transformer, 15 x 17 x 21 in. Courtesy of the artist

A miniatures show has been a biennial Bruce Museum holiday tradition for over 35 years—come take a peek on Saturday, November 3, when Downsized: Small-Scale Sculpture by Contemporary Artists opens to the public in the Museum’s Arcade gallery. The exhibition will be on view through January 27, 2019.

Enticing viewers to take a closer look, this exhibition of miniatures, models, and dioramas explores interior and exterior architecture in a range of scales. Some works contemplate the structure and its place in history as a monument to architectural creativity. Others pay homage to the history of an urban environment or to the emotions elicited by places close to our hearts. Yet others depict fanciful, surreal places that could only exist in miniature.

The sculptures encourage observers to suspend their perception of reality and to invent their own narrative. These mixed media sculptures fascinate because of the juxtaposition of size and subject and elicit amazement at the precision of the workmanship.

“While architecture is the common denominator that unifies the show, the shared themes that thread through the work is what appealed to me about these particular artists,” says Kathy Reichenbach, Assistant to the Director and Curator of the Downsized exhibition.

On Friday, November 2, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, the Bruce Museum will host a special Patron Member Opening Celebration of the exhibition for members at the Patron level and above. To become a Museum member or to upgrade your membership level, please contact Membership Manager Laura Freeman at 203-413-6764 or lfreeman@brucemuseum.org.

On Thursday, November 8, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, the Bruce will host a moderated panel discussion with artists whose work is featured in Downsized, including Amy Bennett, Thomas Doyle, and Frank Poor. A reception begins at 6:00 pm; the discussion takes place at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a Q&A session. Reservations are required at brucemuseum.org; Museum members and students with ID free; nonmembers, $15.

Downsized: Small-Scale Sculpture by Contemporary Artists is supported by a Committee of Honor co-chaired by Kathleen Metinko and Jan Rogers Kniffen, Michael Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou, and Bob and Gale Lawrence, with additional support provided by The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.