Note: The Connecticut Media Group is not responsible for posts and comments written by non-staff members.

Two Virtual Events @ Housatonic Museum of Art

The Housatonic Museum of Art is offering a free Virtual Art Tour relating to photorealism that is ongoing and a concert on Saturday, November 7 that will be released at 11 a.m. and can be watched at your convenience.

Fran Bull
American, 1938
Lincoln Center/Dusk, 31/250, 1979
(from the City-Scapes Portfolio)
Screen-print on Somerset white satin paper
Gift of Bruce Cappels

The photorealism virtual tour curated by Robbin Zella is titled Fixing the Fleeting Moment. Photorealism, a term coined in 1969 by art dealer and author Louis K. Meisel, was a brief but important style that relied on photographs either found or taken, to create meticulously crafted paintings.

Fran Bull
American, 1938
Lincoln Center/Dusk, 31/250, 1979
(from the City-Scapes Portfolio)
Screen-print on Somerset white satin paper
Gift of Bruce Cappels

This genre gained favor with both art connoisseurs and the public alike, in part, because the technique combined the concerns of traditional artists with a hyper-realistic image that retained a photographic appearance. This exhibit features prints by H.N Han, Robert Bechtle, Fran Bull, C.J. Yao, John Baeder, Arne Besser, Charles Bell, and Noel Mahaffey and is on view now in Beacon Hall outside the Event Center. Click here to view the virtual tour.
The concert on November 7 is a partnership between the American Baroque Orchestra and the Housatonic Museum of Art. They will present a free online video performance entitled, “Little Liberia: Music from their Front Porch,” which took inspiration from the currently running exhibition “Little Liberia” and, sculptor Rachel Owens’ “The Hypogean Tip,” which explored Bridgeport’s past, including Little Liberia. “The Hypogean Tip” exhibition was comprised of sculptures, such as large-scale casts of jewel-toned colored glass from the porch of the home of Mary Freeman (listed on the National Register of Historic Places).
The program will include music and melodies from the historic Little Liberia community, as well as composers including Joseph Bologne (1745-1799), George Bridgetower (1778-1860), and Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), who also happened to be the first person of African heritage to vote in a British election.
The concert will be released on November 7th at 11:00 AM and can be viewed here.