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Monday, April 23, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Monday Morning Lecture Series:  Cold War Art Collection

Dr. Courtney Doucette, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College. This talk explores the material, political, and cultural challenges of collecting Soviet art during the Cold War. It will also suggest that exchange between Soviet artists and Western collections remained possible even when an Iron Curtain divided Europe and explore the ways in which the Cold War shaped Soviet unofficial art and collections through which we study it today.

Advance registration required as seating is limited. Museum members free; non-members $10 (includes Museum admission). Museum galleries will be open for one hour following this lecture. Be sure to sign in to receive your member discount.

Tuesday, April 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Evening Lecture.  Technology as Decoy: The Subversive Abstraction of The Movement Collective

Dr. Jane Sharp, Associate Professor, Twentieth Century Art, Russian and Soviet Art, Soviet Nonconformist Art, Rutgers University. This lecture explores the quasi-scientific rhetoric of kinetic art in Russia during the 1960s, at the end of the Soviet Thaw era.

Advance registration required as seating is limited. Reception at 6 pm; talk 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Free for museum members and students (with valid ID); non-members $15. Be sure to sign in to receive your member discount.

Monday, May 7, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Monday Morning Lecture Series - Karen Shelby

Karen Shelby, Assistant Professor of Art History at Baruch College, City College of New York, will speak on a topic related the Hot Art in the Cold War exhibition. 

Advance registration required as seating is limited. Museum members free; non-members $10 (includes Museum admission). Museum galleries will be open for one hour following this lecture. Be sure to sign in to receive your member discount.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Bruce Museum Gala - Jewels of the Jungle

The thirty-first Bruce Museum Gala with the theme "Jewels of the Jungle" will be held at Greenwich Country Club. Formerly known as the Renaissance Ball, this annual benefit raises critical funds that not only support the Bruce’s ongoing art and science exhibitions and educational programs, but also will refresh the museum's science offerings, strengthen its potential in the arts, and expand its educational reach.

Reservations required. See Special Events for details.

Sunday, May 20, 8:00 am -12:00 pm.

Birds and Bees Field Trip to Rockefeller State Park Preserve 

Leaders: Photo-naturalist Paula Sharp and Audubon expert Ryan MacLean. Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, NY, is designated an Important Bird Area with 180 recorded species of bird species. The site, in conjunction with nearby Stone Barns, is the focus of a photographic exhibition on Wild Bees. Join us on a walk along the carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., winding through wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and fields and past streams, rivers, and lakes while traversing wood and stone bridges. Photographer and bee expert Paula Sharp will help us learn the habitats and lifestyles of native pollinators, while Audubon experts scan for late spring songbirds. Ages 6 and up, free. Parking fee $6 per vehicle, so carpooling recommended or share a ride in the van. RSVP to Ryan MacLean at 914-417-5234 or or Cynthia Ehlinger at 203-413-6756 or


Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Symposium. Wild About Bees: How Gardeners Benefit from Pollinators 

Geared to gardeners, this mini-symposium features state bee expert Dr. Kimberly Stoner, Associate Agricultural Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station presenting the keynote address: "Beyond the Honey Bee: Native Bees of Connecticut." Rich Palmer, Jr. of Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses speaks on plants for pollinators (and offers special discounts at Sam Bridge). Representatives from the Savannah Bee store in Westport will provide with bee-related samples. Advance registration: Free for Bruce members and students (with valid ID),   $15 for non-members. Register at, click “Reservations.” Additional $10 at the door.

Thursday, July 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

The Language of Flavor in Honey: A Guided Sensory Honey Tasting Event 

From Red Bee Honey of Weston, Carla Marina Marchese, Italian-trained honey expert, will lead an educational talk and guided tasting of 6 American honeys paired with local cheese and seasonal produce. Participants will learn about honeybees and their essential pollination services that bring us fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, spices – even coffee, chocolate and blue jeans! Learn how honeybees make this liquid gold we call honey, how terroir and nectar source determines a honey's color, aroma and flavor while engaging your senses to pick out aromas and flavors in each varietal honey. This is truly a unique honey lover’s experience!

Carla Marina is a member of the Italian National Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey, where she received her formal training, and the author of The Honey Connoisseur.

Limited to 30 people. Advance reservations required: $50 Members, $65 non-members.