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At The Bruce — The Works of a CT Artist and Greenwich Collectors

Two major exhibitions open in one week at Greenwich's Bruce Museum.

'Carrots and Peas,' a tapestry by Roz Chast on view at The Bruce Museum.  Photo: Paul Mutino.
'Carrots and Peas,' a tapestry by Roz Chast on view at The Bruce Museum. Photo: Paul Mutino.

Two new exhibits featuring the artwork collected by Greenwich residents and created by a Connecticut artist have opened at The Bruce Museum.

Being, Nothingness and Much, Much More: Roz Chast, Beyond The New Yorker, a collection of nearly 30 works by Roz Chast, the American cartoonist known for her cartoons and cover art for The New Yorker magazine opened this past weekend. 

The works are on loan from the Ridgefield-based by Chast and the archives of The New Yorker. Besides her cartoons, prints and drawings, the display also includes Chast's tapestries and painted eggs decorated with the artist’s signature images in the Ukrainian egg folk art pysanky. 

“We are delighted to be showing the work of our friend and fellow Connecticut resident Roz Chast,” museum Executive Director Peter C. Sutton said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have such a talent right in our backyard. Roz’s works bring humor as well as wit and charm to the museum.”

Chast's work is on view in the museum’s Lecture Gallery through Oct. 19.  

The second exhibit that opened this month is another installment of the museum's Greenwich Collects series. For years, the museum has been the recipient of the generosity of local residents who have loaned examples from their extensive collections.

The newest exhibition is Greenwich Collects: Wyeth, Italian Renaissance Drawings, Chinese Antiquities, a rare assembly of three private Greenwich collections, on view through Aug. 31.

This show serves to illustrate the diversity and beauty of three local collections. Although only a selection of a portion of their holdings, the works on view speak to the remarkable level of quality achieved and the connoisseurship their owners brought to bear on the assembly of their collections.

One of the collections that will be on view has a focus on American art with special strengths in Andrew Wyeth's art — a perennial favorite with modern museum-goers. A second collection, owned by Helen-Mae and Seymour Askin, is comprised of exceedingly rare Italian Renaissance and Baroque drawings.  The third collection, most of which has been donated or promised to the Bruce Museum by Fred and Jane Brooks, offers an excellent array of ancient Chinese ceramics, primarily from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).  

“It seems especially fitting to have these Chinese antiquities on view when we are featuring the exhibition of Chinese and American contemporary artists' works, Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing,” Sutton said.

“As heterodox as the three collections are, they reflect the passion and discernment of their owners,” Sutton said in the statement. “We are grateful to them for permitting the public to share in the enjoyment of their art for a brief period this summer.”

Greenwich Collects is on view through Aug. 31.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and major holidays. 

Admission: $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22 years, $6 for seniors and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday.

Parking: Free on-site parking is available

For more information, call the museum at 203-869-0376 or visit the website at brucemuseum.org

 



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