Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Science on the Silver Screen: Alien

Enjoy an afternoon at the movies with the experts! Movie screening followed by Q&A sessions with a scientist to explain what was right, what was wrong, and what was just confusing. Held in the Bantle Lecture Gallery. Free with Museum admission, but registration is required.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Film Screening: All Things Bakelite

This film by John Maher is a joyous and provocative story about the “father of modern plastics.” In 1907, Leo Hendrik Baekeland, a Belgian-born American chemist, made one of the most transformative discoveries of the 20th century: Bakelite. It was the first wholly synthetic plastic and it ushered in an explosion of new man-made materials that marked the beginnings of our modern industrial age. Free, advance reservations required. Light refreshments at 6:30 pm; film 7:00 - 8:00 pm. More information, call 203-413-6757.

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Science Lecture. Capturing Nature through the Lens of Art: Levels of Description in Brueghel and Beyond

Lecture by Arianne Kolb

Light refreshments precede the lecture, which begins at 7:00 pm.

RSVP or 203-413-6757.

Jan Brueghel the Elder’s (1568-1625) paradise landscapes and detailed paintings of animals and plants are characteristic of the confluence of art, science, and religion during the 16th and 17th century. Multidisciplinary analysis of how Brueghel’s works were produced reveals parallels between the artistic representation of nature and developments in natural-historical inquiry as well as scientific inventions, including the microscope. Both the artist of the day with his miniaturist approach and the scientist with microscopic analysis similarly sought a greater appreciation and understanding of the workings and intricacies of the natural world.

Sunday, September 24, 2017  - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Family Studio Workshop: Lines and Colors

Join us as we venture into the exhibition In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum to explore how Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec used lines and colors in his drawings, prints and posters to portray Bohemian life in Paris at the turn of the century. We will then head into our workshop to create Toulouse-Lautrec inspired art of our own! This program is a full hour and a half long workshop designed for families with children 5 and older. Members $7.00 per person and $15.00 for non-members.

Please register by noon on Thursday, September 21st. Decisions about whether or not the Family Studio Workshop will run will be made at this time.


Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allegorical Satires from the Late Second Empire

Maxime Valsamas is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Washington University in St. Louis. His dissertation is titled: “Sustaining the Republic: The Power of Political Prints by Honoré Daumier, Édouard Manet, André Gill, and Alfred Le Petit”. He received his M. A. from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, with a thesis on Honoré Daumier’s allegorical satires from the late Second Empire.

Caricatures of the late Second Empire and early Third Republic differ greatly from the ones Toulouse-Lautrec produced of the entertainment world in Fin-de-siècle Paris. At a time when laws against the press still interfered with the publication of illustrated satirical journals, it was vital for artists to adopt political allegories as a form of caricatural representation. This talk will focus primarily on Honoré Daumier’s use of allegorical satires to comment on French politics and crises on the European continent in the late 1860s and 1870s. Free, advance reservations required.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Culture of Celebrity

Jay A. Clarke is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. In this talk, Dr. Jay Clarke will consider how the culture of celebrity fueled Toulouse-Lautrec’s work. The entertainment industry in turn-of-the-century Paris was a subject of great interest for artists and entrepreneurs. Toulouse-Lautrec, more than any of his contemporaries, was able to capture and market this imagery to a broad audience hungry for images of Montmartre night life. Free, advance reservations required.

Monday, Oct 16, 2017  - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

From the Asylum to the Opera: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Last Works in Context

Cora Michael received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and has worked as a curator at Princeton University, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. This talk examines some of the very last paintings ever created by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec -- in particular, a series of six canvases devoted to the opera Messalina, which Lautrec saw in Bordeaux in 1900.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Icon Awards in the Arts

The Bruce Museum's Icon Awards in the Arts are presented to distinguished figures in the art world. The Museum's century-long history of excellence in presentation of art in Greenwich, home to many of the country's leading collectors and most generous patrons of the arts, positions it as uniquely suited to honor these accomplished individuals.

This year's awards, co-chaired by Pam and Bob Goergen, will honor:          

Art Collectors

Art Historians


Culture and Media Professionals

Leaders of the Art Trade

Museum Professionals

Patrons of the Arts  

Contact Lindsay Saltz for more information.

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Murder, Maggots and Mayhem: When the Dead Speak

Lecture by Dr. Jennifer Rosati. Light refreshments and open galleries at 6:30 PM, lecture at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Jennifer Rosati is Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

 This talk will highlight the diversity of insect species involved with the decomposition of human remains and how these insects can provide a glimpse into past events in criminal investigations. Forensic entomology involves the use of insects for legal purposes, primarily in homicide investigations where colonization (or egg laying) events can be used to estimate the time since death or post-mortem interval. The insect community that uses decomposing remains can be quite diverse, including many species of flies (Order: Diptera), beetles (Order: Coleoptera), moths (Order: Lepidoptera), as well as other arthropods (spiders, mites, etc). The behaviour and development of these insects can provide a lot of valuable information to an investigation including tying a suspect to a crime scene/victim, time and location of death, presence of wounds, time of decapitation or dismemberment and time of disturbance. 

This talk will be followed by a Maggot Art™ activity so leave your fears behind and let the maggots be your paintbrush. This interactive activity is fun and informative for all ages and you will leave the event with your own unique maggot masterpiece. 

Members and students with ID, free; non-members $15. Reservations suggested.

Monday, Oct 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM -11:00 AM

Celebrity in Full Color: Posters, Prints, and Drawings by Toulouse-Lautrec

Laura Kalba is Associate Professor of Art History at Smith College where her research and teaching interests focus on late 19th- and early 20th-century European art, architecture and popular commercial visual culture. Her first book, Today, inexpensive reproductions of Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters can be found in nearly every souvenir shop in Paris. In this lecture, Associate Professor Laura Anne Kalba explores how, working at the intersection of popular commercial culture and high art, Toulouse-Lautrec simultaneously contributed to and challenged the myth of Paris as a city filled with beauty, music, and countless other sensory delights. His depictions of late nineteenth-century celebrities reveal a world torn between spectacle and solitude.Free, advance reservations required.



Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Art Nouveau Woman: From Toulouse-Lautrec to the Cinema

Lucy Fischer is a Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she directed the Film Studies Program for thirty years. She is the author of twelve books: Jacques Tati (1983),  In this talk, Dr. Lucy Fisher will consider the vision of woman in Art Nouveau discourse, which was considered a highly “feminine” style. She will discuss this theme (which ranged from romantic to malevolent representations) in relation to examples of painting and poster art, design objects, fashion, and jewelry. Fisher's prime focus, however, will be on the films of the era that incorporated elements of Art Nouveau into their design, narrative, and portrayal of women.

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Night at the Museum

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

The Bruce Museum will host its fifth annual Night at the Museum from 5 to 7:30pm. Children are invited to come to the museum in their favorite pajamas for a night filled with fun arts and craft activities, a scavenger hunt, pizza and a musical performance by Songs for Seeds. Parents will enjoy yummy bites, an open wine/beer bar and a family-focused silent auction.

During the event, guests will be able to view the Bruce Museum’s new captivating exhibitions, Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert Wiener Collection and In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum.  

Proceeds from the events will benefit the Bruce Museum’s children’s education and scholarship program.