Art Exhibitions in Fairfield County

Art to see at eight Fairfield County museums


Aldrich Museum

About the Museum:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is an “independent, non-collecting contemporary art museum” and is the only museum in the state that is solely dedicated to contemporary art. In addition, it is one of twenty museums in Connecticut and 318 museums in the country that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  

Simon Blackmore – Three Sound Works
Based on the language of music, this exhibition integrates three works into one. The three works, Weather Guitar, Audio Monitors, and Sticks are all able to compliment each other based on the mediums of a weather dependent Flamenco guitar, speakers that monitor the silence of a room and a computer that creates music via a binary code, respectively.
Until March 9

Martin Creed – Scales
Scales examines music in a distinctive manner by comparing it to the artistic ideology of Michelangelo who is “supposed to have said that the sculpture was inside the marble and it was just a matter of finding it”. Artist Martin Creed addresses this concept by finding music in unlikely artistic mediums such as “paint, ink, sculpture and video.”
Until March 9

Sol LeWitt – The Music Collection
While this exhibition does not include the works of the late artist Sol LeWitt, viewers are able to experience LeWitt’s “encyclopedic library of recorded music”.
Until March 9

James Mollison – The Disciples
This exhibition highlights the panoramic photographs taken by Mollison, which were made by connecting shots together from concerts. In all there are seven large-scale prints from fifty-nine photographs in the exhibition.
Until March 9

Xaviera Simmons – Underscore
Xaviera Simmons works crosses through the mediums of “photography, performance, video, sound and instillation”, which is expressed in a way that is “cyclical” rather than “linear”.
Until March 9

The Bellarmine Museum

About the Museum:
The Bellarmine Museum, which was publically inaugurated in 2010, is an extension of Fairfield University. The museum has a diverse collection of “paintings, sculpture and decorative art objects” from several time periods.

In the Wake of the Butterfly: James Abbott McNeil Whistler and His Circle in Venice
This exhibit will highlight the works of the American expatriate James Abbott McNeill Whistler, specifically several“works on paper from his Venetian series” (together with related images by other artists)
January 23 – April 4

La Ragnatela/The Spiderweb: Works by Giampaolo Seguso from the Corning Museum of Glass
This exhibition will display examples of thirty-three vases that were made with the glass-making technique, filgrana, which “consists of preparing parallel glass canes that are then melted into a pass of incandescent glass, creating perfect geometrical shapes in net and spiral-lie patterns”.
April 10 – June 13

Finn Gallery

About the Museum:
The Finn Gallery is a museum that displays art from several mediums and time periods, and well highligs different “visions and techniques”. Six exhibitions are mounted each year from September through June.

Albertini + Spillmann
Artists: Sydney Albertini, Heinrich Spillmann
January 30  - March 12

Artists: Jaclyn Conley, April DeMarco, Anne Lemanski, Kathryn Lynch, Jane O'Hara, Alexandra Sax, Jain Tarnower, Brad Woodfin
March 20 – April 30

Other Worlds
Artists: Monica Banks, Fran Forman, Carol Schwartz, Guy Stevens, Kees de Waal
May 8 – June 18

The Bruce Museum

About the Museum:
Originally built as a private home in 1853 (and rebuilt in 1992), The Bruce Museum has a collection of “nearly 15,000 objects representing the arts and sciences.”

Ed Clark: American Photojournalist
This exhibition will highlight the photographs of Ed Clark who was a staffer for LIFE.
February 1 – June 1

Pasture to Pond: Connecticut Impressionism
This exhibition gives museumgoers the opportunity to view paintings of Connecticut’s landscapes as painted by American Impressionist artists.  
March 22 – June 21


Carriage Barn Arts Center

About the Museum:
Built on the former Waveny Estate in New Canaan, the Carriage Barn Arts Center looks to "promote greater participation across the visual and performing arts" as well as providing and strengthening cultural ties within the community.

34th Annual Photography Show
January 11 – February 9

Through Our Eyes – III (New Canaan High School)
March 1 – March 15

25th Annual Spectrum (Sustainability)
March 23 – April 12

Cuban Contemporary
April 24 – June 1

June 6 – June 29

Art In The Windows
May 22 – June 8

Art Stroll
May 22, 6-8

Plein Air Artists
May 31

Housatonic Museum of Art

About the Museum:
The Housatonic Museum of Art boasts works by significant artists such as Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Miro and others. There are also opportunities to take part in lectures and other programs that are sponsored by the museum.

Pins & Needles - Curated by Suzan Shutan
Ten female artists will look at the French story “The Grandmother’s Tale” (later retitled “Little Red Riding Hood”) in a fashion that inspires creativity by expressing it through subjects including “memory, mapping, beauty, naure, pleasure, loss, pain, absence and presence, poetry scripture and spirituality”.
January 21 – February 20

Silvermine Arts Center

About the Museum:
The Silvermine Arts Center is made up of a Guild of over 300 profession artists. The center presents new exhibitions every six weeks and also has a School of Art that provides art instruction for every level and age group.
The Answer is Risom
This exhibition will numerous furniture designs from Jens Risom, a designer who was counted as one who was responsible for“shaping postwar design”.  
Until February 16

New Members
This event, which takes place each year in the spring and fall, will highlight the works of five new Guild Artist members who were inducted in the spring and fall of 2013
Until February 16

Selections from the Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection
This print collection named for Gabor Peterdi  will feature prints from a range of artists including Fritz Brosius, Alexander Calder, James Flora, Charles Hinman, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, a print attributed to Salvador Dali, and a variety of other selections.
Until February 16

UConn Stamford Art Gallery

About the Gallery:
Located in downtown Stamford, the UConn Stamford Art Gallery has exhibitions with new and established artists and looks to bring an emphasis “on the works and themes of traditionally underrepresented groups” in addition to a diverse group of other artistic artists, art works and artistic perceptions.

6th Annual Juried Fine Art Photography Show
The Annual Juried Fine Art Photography Show and Sale looks to highlight local talent by exhibiting the works of amateur and professional photographers
Until January 23

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