Bruce Museum Update: Together, We’ll Get Through This!

April 17, 2020

To Bruce Museum members and friends,

The Bruce Museum is grateful to be part of a community that cares. It’s heartening to see how our community is coming together in new and meaningful ways. 

We join together to thank all who are selflessly stepping forward each and every day to keep us all safe. Our gratitude to the nurses, doctors, EMS personnel, and other health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic is profound, and it will be lasting.

Working remotely, Museum staff continue to engage with one another, and with volunteer leadership and members, to deliver high-quality educational opportunities for all ages through our Bruce at Home platform.
 

New: Virtual Exhibitions Now Online

 

Thank you for embracing our growing collection of online programs, learning activities, and other digital content. Of special note: The Museum has been proud to launch three new virtual exhibitions this month:

On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK—the National Gallery of Denmark.

Director of Exhibitions Anne von Stuelpnagel has created a fascinating online tour of the Museum’s acclaimed international exhibition of one of the most important figures in Danish art. The exhibition opened in February in the Museum’s newly renovated main gallery, organized in collaboration with SMK, the national gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, and AFSMK, American Friends of SMK.

The virtual exhibition features a comprehensive overview of all of the paintings on view, as well as a series of brief videos by famed Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen commenting on the artwork of L.A. Ring and the key themes that represent the painter’s oeuvre. The newly launched microsite also includes a downloadable Family Gallery Guide designed to help virtual visitors discover and explore the artwork of Laurits Anderson Ring through the seasons.

Under the Skin

The Bruce Museum’s virtual tour of the science exhibition Under the Skin is now live! Developed by Curator of Science Daniel Ksepka with help from a worldwide team of fellow researchers, this site presents the objects and visualizations displayed in the physical exhibition along with bonus content and links to help explore the show’s themes more deeply.

House on the Hill: The Changing Face of the Bruce Museum

This online exhibition celebrates the changing profile of the Bruce Museum through its history and demonstrates its prominence in the community, both as a visible element and as a cherished institution. 

Developed by Timothy Walsh, Collections Manager and, as the Museum’s archivist and resident historian, curator of the exhibition, House on the Hill includes numerous historical images that show the evolution of the structure from its conversion from mansion to modern museum highlighting the intersections of art and science. 

 

Bruce at Home Online Programs, and Learning Activities

 

Digital Weekends with the Bruce

Miss weekend family programs at the Bruce? Join us online each Saturday morning for the latest Digital Weekends with the Bruce program! Proud of a finished project? Send us your artwork to share or post with the hashtag #brucemuseum.

STEAM Activities

Every Thursday, we offer a new Bruce at Home STEAM Activity. Our Museum educators have been helping young learners investigate properties related to water displacement, with interactive projects like “The Penny Boat Challenge.” Endorsed by the Greenwich Public Schools, these fun activities are a great complement to students’ virtual school work.

Audio Tours: From Bruce Park to Madagascar

Did you know that you can visit the public sculptures and nature surrounding Bruce Park any time you wish through a new mobile website? You can also re-visit a past popular exhibition, Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past.

Do you have an idea for a digital offering you’d like to see or utilize? Contact Manager of School and Community Partnerships, Corinne Flax, to see what may be available.

 

What We’re Hearing from You!

 

Membership Manager Laura Freeman thanks Museum members for their heartfelt messages of support. 

“So many of my conversations with members over the past month have been overwhelmingly positive,” Laura reports. “The House on the Hill exhibition is making people, as one member told me, ‘even more excited to see the next phase of the Bruce.’ Some members love seeing the Bruce at Home lessons, and others really like how informative the articles are on the Science Department’s Storage Room No. 2 blog.”

We are also moved by the many kind messages from Museum members, like this note from Kathleen Brooker:

“This is a time for members to support what we value, knowing that we have your wonderful cultural resource to return to. Thank you!” 

Thank you all for being part of the Bruce family. We’re here for you, if, for the time being, only in virtual heart and spirit. Your messages of support give us renewed faith that, together, we will emerge from this difficult period as a community that is stronger and more united than ever.

Please reach out to Laura Freeman with any questions, comments, and suggestions at LFreeman@brucemuseum.org. To join or renew your membership, click here.

 

Be safe. Be well. Together, we’ll get through this!

 

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