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Monday, October 15, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Art Lecture- Antonia Pocock- Claes Oldenburg's Pop Monuments to the Tool

Antonia Pocock, PhD candidate at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, will explore the tool as a Pop motif, addressing its role in Oldenburg’s work in comparisonto that of his peers, Red Grooms, Jim Dine, and James Rosenquist. Advance registration required. Bruce members and students (with ID) free; nonmembers $10 (includes Museum admission). Galleries will be open for one hour following the lecture.

Thursday, October 18, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

ReTooled Evening Lecture- Susan Tallman- Workman's Comp: Jim Dine and Hardware

Lecturer Susan Tallman is editor-in-chief of the journal Art in Printand author of The Contemporary Print: from Pre-Pop to Postmodern. She is an adjunct Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, Criticism, and Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Reception 6:00 pm and Open Galleries, lecture 6:30 pm, followed by Q&A 7:30 - 7:45 pm. Advance registration required. Bruce Museum members and students with ID, free; nonmembers $15. 

Wednesday, October 24, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Curator’s Talk: A Continuous Thread

Bruce Museum Registrar and Curator Kirsten Reinhardt will speak about the Museum’s collection of Navajo textiles, from their history in Native American weaving traditions to the artisanal skill of the weavers. The discussion will also cover traveler and collector Miss Margaret Cranford (1887 – 1974), whose passion for preserving these Native American items formed the foundation of the Museum’s ethnographic collection. Lecture followed by tea and scones. Registration required; free with Museum admission.

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

Sacred Beverages: From the Black Drink to Ayahuasca

Explorer Justin Fornal presents a journey through the world of ancient and contemporary sacred beverages. This lecture will discuss the rich heritage surrounding Xocolatl (Aztec chocolate),  Ayahuasca, Café Touba, Soma, Peyōtl (peyote tea), and many others.

Guests will learn how different cultures sanctify ordinary liquids through the use of elaborate rituals and mystical drinking vessels. The Ethiopian Coffee, Japanese Tea, and Native American Black Drink ceremonies are broken down to their ancient roots. Samples of selected beverages will be offered during the lecture. Lecture by Justin Fornal. Light refreshments precede the lecture, which begins at 7:00 pm.

Members and students with ID, free; non-members $15. The Museum is open at 6:20 pm. Reservations required.

Friday, November 2, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Patrons’ Opening for Downsized: Small-Scale Sculpture by Contemporary Artists

Join us for the Patron Member opening for Downsized: Small-Scale Sculpture by Contemporary Artists on November 2nd at 7:00pm. Each invitation admits two guests. Each additional guest is $20 per person. Members must create an account or sign-in by clicking the register or sign-in the upper right-hand corner to sign up for this member opening.

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Wednesday, November 7, 10:30 – 11:00 am

ReTooled Film Series - Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression

(28 minutes) Just a few years before his death in 2000, painter Jacob Lawrence opened his studio to documentary filmmaker, Linda Freeman, who produced a unique view inside the work of this great American Modernist.Registration required. Films are free for all, but do not include Museum admission.

Thursday, November 8, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Downsized Artists Panel

This moderated discussion features artists whose work is featured in the Downsized exhibition —Amy Bennett, Thomas Doyle, Frank Poor.

Reception 6:00 pm, panel 6:30 pm followed by Q&A. Reservations required.

Museum members and students with ID free, nonmembers $15.

Friday, November 9, 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Night at the Museum

The Bruce Museum’s Sixth Annual Family Benefit, Night at the Museum, will be on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:30pm.

Children will explore the Museum in their pajamas while enjoying a scavenger hunt, craft projects for all ages, a musical performance by Songs for Seeds and experiments with Mad Science.

Adults will enjoy light bites, an open wine/beer bar, and a family-oriented silent auction.

The evening is co-chaired by Kristin Knowles and Amy Levin-Epstein Weber and will have a tool theme inspired by our exhibition ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection.

We hope you can join us!

For more information or to receive an invitation, please contact or 203-413-6761. Reservations required.

Wednesday, November 14, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

ReTooled Film Series - Paradise Garden

(80 minutes). Celebrated folk artist and preacher Howard Finster created paintings, mixed-media assemblages, and “environments” that merged his religious beliefs with pop-culture and personal imagery. Registration required. Films are free for all, but do not include Museum admission


Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm 

Art Lecture: ReTooled

David Furchgott, President and Founder of International Arts & Artists, will discuss the acquisition and management of the Hechinger Collection by IA&A. Reception at 6:00 pm, discussion at 6:30 pm, followed by Q&A. Advance registration required. Museum members and students with ID free; nonmembers $15. 

Thursday, November 29, 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Icon Award in the Arts

An awards ceremony, discussion, and cocktail reception honoring those whose dedication to the arts enriches the cultural life of Greenwich and our greater community. For more information and assistance purchasing tickets, please contact Brooke Amico @