Introducing Bruce Museum Presents: Thought Leaders in Art and Science

Bruce Museum Presents is an exciting new series of monthly public programs featuring thought leaders in the fields of art and science.

Showcasing experts on compelling subjects of relevance and interest to members and visitors to the Bruce Museum, as well as the communities of greater Fairfield County and beyond, Bruce Museum Presents launches on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm, with Generation : How Contemporary Women Artists Are Re-Shaping Today’s Art World.

Jennifer Blei Stockman, producer of the Emmy-nominated 2018 HBO documentary The Price of Everything, moderates a wide-ranging dialogue and exploration with four major contemporary women artists: painter and sculptor Nicole Eisenman; conceptual visual artist Lin Jingjing; painter and sculptor Paula DeLuccia Poons; and photographer and filmmaker Laurie Simmons.

Bruce Museum Presents inaugurates an exciting time of change and progress for this institution,” said Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “As we prepare our expansion in order to become the region’s leading cultural center, the Bruce Museum is poised to present dynamic and unique educational programming equal to the caliber of our new spaces and collections.”

Suzanne Lio, Managing Director of the Bruce Museum, conceived Bruce Museum Presents. “We have long been an important resource in our community for forward-thinking public programs,” Lio notes. “This series raises it to the next level. By leveraging our unique network of institutional and professional connections, the series will offer unprecedented access for our members and visitors to major thought leaders in the fields of art and science.”

Arts consultant Leonard Jacobs, former Director of Cultural Institutions at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, produces the series. “Bruce Museum Presents will be a signature complement to the Bruce’s exhibitions and public programs,” Jacobs says. “Through talks, panel discussions, and fascinating interactive events, the goal is to support and enhance the Museum’s mission to ‘promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science to enrich the lives of all people.’”


September 5, 2019

Generation : How Contemporary Women Artists Are Re-Shaping Today’s Art World

A renowned collector of contemporary art, Jennifer Blei Stockman is the former board chair of the Guggenheim Museum and a founder of the Bruce Museum Council. Her Emmy-nominated, Nathaniel Kahn-directed documentary, The Price of Everything, explores the stratospheric-priced world of contemporary art. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was the opening night film for 2018’s Greenwich International Film Festival.

Awarded the Guggenheim fellowship (1996), the Carnegie Prize (2013), and the MacArthur “Genius Grant” (2015), Nicole Eisenman gained acclaim for her figurative painting but in recent years has earned critical praise for her sculpture as well. She co-founded the queer/feminist curatorial initiative Ridykeulous with A.L. Steiner, and this summer was one of the artists who withdrew from the Whitney Biennial in protest of the museum’s leadership.

Lin Jingjing’s work deals primarily with social-political themes; particularly with how individuals define themselves against the pressures of the outside world, vis-à-vis culture, politics, history, and the economy. Her artwork spans performance, installation, painting, mixed media, video, sound, and LED lights. Jingjing’s works have been exhibited in major museums around the world, including Neues Kunstforum in Cologne, the National Art Museum of Chile in Santiago, and Song Zhuang Art Museum in Beijing.

Painter and sculptor Paula DeLuccia Poons and her husband, artist Larry Poons, have intersected with some of the greatest figures in the New York art world since the 1970s. A New Jersey native who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Paula’s work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions, from Barcelona to Brooklyn to Palm Beach.

Laurie Simmons is an internationally recognized artist, known since the 1970s for her staged photographic works. Her work is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum, among others. Her film MY ART premiered at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in 2016 and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.

Doors open 6:00 pm for a reception with light bites and beverages, followed by the panel discussion and Q&A, 7:00-8:30 pm. Seats are $30 for Museum members, $45 for non-members. To reserve a seat at Generation , click “Reservations,” or call 203-869-0376.

(A free screening of The Price of Everything will take place on Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 pm, in the Bruce Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery. Advance registration is required at

Additional upcoming Bruce Museum Presents programs:


Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:00-8:30 pm

From the Bottom of the World: The Art and Science of Antarctica

Presented in cooperation with Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, From the Bottom of the World: The Art and Science of Antarctica will convene peerless experts in the art and science of this unique and fragile continent. Two research scientists from Lamont-Doherty, Jonny Kingslake and Kirsty Tinto, will reveal their startling new findings, while acclaimed photographer Rick Sammon, who has twice visited and documented the Antarctic landscape, will remind us of its extraordinary beauty.

Leonard Jacobs moderates this timely intersectional conversation. The evening’s sponsor is Crystal Cruises, which specializes in expedition voyages, including cruises to the polar regions.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:00-8:30 pm

Rewind/Fast-Forward: Celebrating the Artist Documentaries of Olympia Stone

Olympia Stone is an independent producer of documentary films about art and artists. Her first documentary, The Collector, explored the five-decade career of her father, famed NYC gallery owner and art collector Allan Stone. Since then, her award-winning films continue to probe the motivations and personal histories of eclectic artists as a way of providing insight into their work.

Join Olympia Stone, and two of Stone’s artist subjects—James Grashow (The Cardboard Bernini) and Elizabeth King (Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King)—for a retrospective of these astonishing and illuminating films, and their maker. Moderated by Leonard Jacobs.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019, 6:00-8:30 pm

Can Art Drive Change on Climate Change? An Evening with Alexis Rockman

Among current American artists profoundly motivated by nature and its future—from the specter of climate change to the implications of genetic engineering—Alexis Rockman holds a high place of honor. Born in 1962 and raised in New York City, Rockman has been the subject of many international solo and group exhibitions, including a major retrospective organized at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Join us for a night of captivating discussion and debate featuring Alexis Rockman and a specially curated panel of thought leaders in contemporary art and science.

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Following the debut of the series this fall, Bruce Museum Presents will continue into 2020 with events usually slated on the first Thursday of each month.