Sunday, September 8 2013
Classes offer firsthand experience of the entire pottery-making cycle. Beginning emphasis is placed on working with one of the fifteen potter's wheels. Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Sets of eight week classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m., year-round. Sign up now to reserve your place.
Call or go to the website for more information. 860-528-6090, www.greenleafpottery.net
Victorian era gadgets, technologies and breakthroughs will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum beginning April 17th through October 6, 2013. What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era will engage student and adult audiences in the exploration of mid-to-late 19th century inventions and discoveries in many diverse areas including communication, transportation, manufacturing, medicine, food and recreation.
Visitors will view cutting-edge Victorian Era technology that were precursors of some of today’s technologies, including telegraphs, dictaphones, gas lighting and early examples of telephones, burglar alarms, stock tickers and much more. They will discover items we still see today, from board games to food such as condensed milk and breakfast cocoa. Artifacts on display include loans from Connecticut's Mattatuck Museum and the Museum of American Finance, New York City, among others.
The What Is It? exhibit is curated by Raechel Guest. Guest is a Smith College graduate with a Master’s Degree in Collection Management from the prestigious Winterthur Museum. Professor Steven Lubar, a history of technology expert, serves as a special advisor. Professor Lubar is Professor of the Departments of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.
The exhibit is made possible thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation. The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.
Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Come join us for a free outdoor concert for Simsbury's annual SeptemberFest at 3:00pm on Sunday, September 8th. The concert will be at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows. Please bring your own comfortable seating.
Franklin Street Works is proud to present Kool-Aid Wino, a group exhibition curated by Brooklyn-based writer and critic Claire Barliant. The exhibition explores the foregrounding of mistakes and missteps in contemporary art practices and features works by Anne Carson, Choi Dachal, Frank Heath, Owen Land, Rotem Linial, James Merrill, Alice Miceli, Jenny Perlin, Aki Sasamoto, as well as an ikat silk suzani made in the early twenties. It is on view at Franklin Street Works from July 20 – September 22 with a free, public reception on July 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be a performance by Aki Sasamoto during the reception, beginning at 7:00 pm.
The show starts with the widely accepted premise that artistic process relies on trial and error. You try something, you mess up, you move on. But what if you stay with that mistake, or that troubling passage, and make it the focus? What if you let it be awkward, an irritant, wiggle it like a loose tooth or pick at it like a scab that never quite heals? What if, instead of being one (quickly deleted) step toward success or resolution, the error becomes the climax and the denouement—an end point in itself, or even a goal? Hence the title Kool-Aid Wino, which comes from Trout Fishing in America by poet and author Richard Brautigan, who deliberately fudged words while writing in order to invent new ways of saying things.
The artists in Kool-Aid Wino poke and prod at systems—be they technological, linguistic, musical, or administrative—until they find or create a chink or flaw that sheds light on the whole. Jenny Perlin’s three-channel video projection, Sight Reading, presents three different pianists on each screen, each struggling to play a composition they are seeing for the first time. Choi Dachal’s photographs feature dress shirts that have been pressed, cleaned, and folded. Yet on close inspection, they prove to be two different shirts with slightly varying patterns that have been buttoned together and folded to look like a single shirt. Owen Land, Rotem Linial, and Alice Miceli take a reflexive approach to film and photography, revealing and reveling in glitches and mechanical failures. Frank Heath and Aki Sasamoto disassemble objects to point out ruptures in systems such as urbanism and history that, while abstract, are often deemed airtight and error-proof.
Errors, as Freud demonstrated in his writings on parapraxis (slips of the tongue), often tip others off to our secret aversions or buried desires, which we strenuously try to conceal. By highlighting or even celebrating errors, the art works in Kool-Aid Wino redeem flaws, accentuate their value, and open up myriad new possibilities. The last line of the pseudonymous chapter in Brautigan’s book reads: “He created his own Kool-Aid reality and was able to illuminate himself by it.” In a sense, each of the artists in this show creates his or her own Kool-Aid reality. Cumulatively the works remind us that uniqueness relies on flaws and our imaginative negotiation in, around, and through them. It is also worth noting that Trout Fishing in America famously ends with the word “mayonaise,” a typo that may not have been intentional, but made it into the final draft.
A beloved faculty member of the Silvermine School of Art for over 20 years, this exhibit honors the memory of Barbara Rothenberg, showcasing her accomplishments as a painter, collagist and printmaker.
You're invited to Norwalk Seaport's 36th Annual Oyster Festival at Norwalk's Veterans Park
Featured entertainment includes...
Friday: VIllage People
Saturday: Max Creek
Sunday: The Zoo
Join us for arts and crafts, pick-a-pearl, rides, food and more!
For more information and to purchase tickets please go to seaport.org.
La Grua Center and James Merrill House presents an evening with award-winning poet Chase Twichell on September 8, 2013, from 5pm to 6pm. Twichell, a practicing Buddhist, will discuss her work and how it reflects her spiritual practice. This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Chase Twichell earned her M.F.A. from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where she also studied graphic design and letterpress printing. She is the author of seven books of poetry—most recently Horses Where Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (2010), for which she won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She has also received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Robert Pinsky described her collection The Snow Watcher (1998) as “full of sharp observation, both of the world and herself, unsentimental poems with a sinewy intellectual toughness.” Twichell has taught at Princeton, Goddard College, Warren Wilson College, the University of Alabama, and Hampshire College. In 1999, she left teaching to start Ausable Press, a nonprofit independent literary press that she until ran until its acquisition by Copper Canyon Press in 2009. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Nation, Tricycle, Field, and The Yale Review. Married to the novelist Russell Banks, she divides her time between upstate New York and Florida.
The La Grua Center is located at 7 Stonington Commons, 32 Water Street, Stonington, CT and is accessible. For directions phone (860) 535-2300.
ABOUT THE JAMES MERRILL HOUSE
The James Merrill House is a non-profit organization operated by the Stonington Village Improvement Association to preserve the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet James Merrill and make this exceptional space available as a residence for writers. In addition, JMH organizes outreach programs, including writing workshops in the community and local schools, reading groups, and public seminars and lectures.
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he Glass House is pleased to announce its first site-specific exhibition: SNAP! by E.V. Day. Conceived for the building known as Da Monsta - designed by Philip Johnson in 1995 as a visitor center and now a gallery - SNAP! interprets the pavilion's peculiar geometry and atmosphere both inside and out. Day has roped the exterior of Da Monsta with massive climbing webs and populated the interior with an ensemble of recent sculpture that tease out the noir qualities of Johnson's late work.