Tuesday, August 12 2014

Format: 2014/09/23

Tuesday, August 12 2014

Bobby Valentine discusses Baseball at the Trumbull Library

Join us for Bobby's colorful impressions, opinions, and memories from all of baseball: high school, college and professional; managerial and media! Drop in.

For more information about Trumbull ‘s One Book One Town book selection and event schedule visit here.

 

 

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to Launch Young Writers' Competition in Area Schools

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is launching a Young Writers' Competition among students from area schools to encourage creative thinking and writing and introduce mid-to-late 19th century history and the arts to tomorrow's museum audiences.

Steve Berry, New York Times best selling author (#1 internationally) and his wife Elizabeth are the creators of the History Matters foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Berry will work with LMMM's educators and judge the finalists in a contest that will culminate in the awards presentation at the Museum's Opening Night Gala on October 18, 2014, with cash and other prizes.

"This is a great way to introduce students to this magnificent National Historic Landmark," said Patsy Brescia, LMMM Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "A writing competition is a creative and educational way for students to explore the Museum's great history and architecture, while honing their writing skills."

LMMM Educators dressed in period costume will meet with teachers and students in the classrooms, and introduce the Mansion in a PowerPoint presentation followed by a visit to the museum, where students can draw ideas and inspiration for their story. 

Trustee Haroldo Williams, chair of the Education Committee said, "I am a firm believer that this kind of experiential learning can be a great way to understand history and appreciate the arts in a deeper and more meaningful way."

Competition requirements include a mystery story with the Mansion as the backdrop, taking place between 1868 and 1900, which needs to be between 500-800 words for third grade students and 2,500 words or less for eighth graders. The Museum will also explore the possibility of adapting the award winning stories into a performance feature at the museum in the near future.

"I am truly grateful to Steve Berry for lending his enormous talent to help us launch the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's first writing competition in our schools," said Executive Director Susan Gilgore. "I hope this is the beginning of a new and exciting educational program for students at the Mansion." For more information on the competition and the Education Program please visit our website at www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call Joy Romeo, LMMM Volunteer Coordinator at (203) 838-9799, ext. 119 or email jromeo@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com. Limited availability based on a first come, first serve basis.

The Museum's 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM's Founding Patrons: The Estate of Cynthia Clark Brown; The Museum's Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff's, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners. Gala and Young Writer's Competition Sponsors: M.F. DiScala & Co. The Museum's Education Program is made possible in part by the Fairfield County Community Foundation.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For More information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call (203) 838-9799.

 

Interpreting Old Bones: Art and Science Give New Meaning to Remains Found on New Haven Green

The New Haven Museum offers an exhibition pairing powerful interpretive art created by seven well-known Connecticut artists with scientific analysis by noted bioarchaeologists in “Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green,” an informative and revelatory tribute to the historic Lincoln Oak on the New Haven Green. In October 2012, winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled the mighty oak—planted in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth—revealing human skeletal remains in the tree’s exposed roots and creating an enigmatic story that captured the imagination of the entire country. The exhibition runs through November 2, 2014.

For the artistic portion of “Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green,” area artists were invited to use branches, limbs, or pieces of the trunk of the Lincoln Oak to interpret the history of the tree and the discovery of the skeletal remains beneath it. The exhibit includes two works by noted Hamden sculptor, Susan Clinard, who says of her Lincoln Oak sculpture, Of the Same Branch; Portraits of the Civil War, 2014:

“I found a long branch from the Lincoln oak and wanted to tie the human experience together by sculpting several seemingly very different people from the civil war era from the same branch…to show a slave family and a Yankee and Confederate soldier. I looked at hundreds of civil war photographs and drew inspiration from the many hazy images I saw; trying to offer up each their story.”

The other artists included in the exhibition are Lani Asuncion, Erich Davis, Michael Quirk, Jeff Slomba, Rachael A. Vaters-Carr and Alison Walsh. The collected works include mixed-media sculpture and video.

The scientific component of the exhibition consists of the results of the on-going archaeological analysis of human remains recovered from the site. Photo panels describe the remains—including bones, teeth, hair and tissue—and how they were used to determine the gender and approximate ages of those whose remains were unearthed in October, 2012, and offer hypotheses on health and disease issues of the interred. The contents of two time capsules found at the site of the fallen Lincoln Oak are also on display. The research shared in the “Nothing is Set in Stone” exhibition was conducted by G. P Aronsen, K. A. Williamson, and Y. Tonoike (Yale University); N. I. Bellantoni (UConn); G. Conlogue & N. Pelletier (Quinnipiac University); J. Krigbaum (U. Florida); and L. Fehren-Schmitz (UCSC). Historical research was provided by J. Schiff (Yale University) J. Bischoff-Wurstle, and J. Campbell (New Haven Museum).

“It’s exciting to innovate new ways of interpreting New Haven history,” says New Haven Museum Director of Photo Archives Jason Bischoff-Wurstle, who coordinated the exhibition. “Thanks to the vision of those who contributed, this exhibition uses unconventional elements to document one of the city’s most colorful historic chapters.”  

The New Haven Green was used as a burying ground throughout Colonial times and until 1812. The Lincoln Oak was planted in 1909 by local members of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) —an organization of Civil War veterans--in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. In 2012, the uprooted tree revealed several surprises including two time capsules buried in 1909 by members of the GAR, and the remains of several 18th-century residents of New Haven.

“One hundred fifty years later, President Lincoln and the Civil War continue to fascinate us,” says New Haven Museum Executive Director Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky. “We expect that the public may have a strong response to both the artists’ interpretations and the findings of the scientists who continue to examine the remains found beneath the Lincoln Oak.”

The New Haven Museum was gifted with the contents of the time capsules uprooted by the Lincoln Oak by The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands of New Haven, and a sampling of the artifacts is on display at the Museum.

The research was supported by The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands in New Haven; Yale University, Department of Anthropology; and Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center, University of Connecticut.

“Nothing is Set in Stone” follows a panel discussion at the New Haven Museum on October 31, 2013, which revealed the initial findings of the team of scientists charged with investigating the human remains and time capsules discovered on the Green. The panel is expected to reconvene and present concluding details of the team’s research in late October, 2014, coinciding with the two-year anniversary of the toppling of the Lincoln Oak.

 

 

New Haven’s Own Winfred Rembert

Renowned Artist Winfred Rembert Featured in Kehler Liddell Gallery Exhibit The Kehler Liddell Gallery is honored to present NEW HAVEN’S OWN WINFRED REMBERT, featuring stories of African American lives in the Deep South during the era of segregation, boldly told on hand-tooled, dyed leather, on exhibit from Thursday, July 31- Sunday, August 31 at Kehler Liddell’s Westville storefront gallery. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, August 3, from 3:00-6:00pm, and there will be two screenings of the award-winning documentary ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, to be held at the gallery on August 16 and August 21 at 7:00pm. The screenings will be followed by discussions with the artist and the film’s director Vivian Ducat. Both the exhibit and screenings are free and open to the public. The show, organized by Kehler Liddell Gallery member artists Marjorie Wolfe and Hank Paper, provides an opportunity to see and hear, first-hand, the story of this remarkable man’s journey from a boy growing up picking cotton in Cuthbert, Georgia, to a young man protesting segregation in Americus, GA in the 1960s, as well as his transformation from a victim of racial injustice and bigotry to a renowned folk artist and raconteur. “I wanna see things like they were,” Rembert explains in All Me. “They just don’t look the same so all it is now is a memory and that’s why I’m happy that I did these paintings and things…it was just good. It ain’t like that no more. You have to kinda use your imagination.” It’s not hard to use your imagination when you see the detailed characters and scenes that call out from Rembert’s art. Using a technique he learned while serving time in a Georgia prison, Rembert hand tools and dyes his leather with bold and evocative images. Using color, texture and patterns—and highly individualized renderings of human faces—he tells stories of his time spent working in the cotton fields, serving on a chain gang, his near lynching, dancing in juke joints and participating in other facets of daily life in the rural south. His art is “narrative on leather,” says Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds in the documentary. It was his “wonderful sense of color” especially that inspired Reynolds to organize the show “Southern Exposure” at the Yale Art Gallery in 2000, which was Winfred’s first big break. Since then, Rembert’s art has been shown at a number of other venues, including galleries in New York City and Albany, Georgia, as well as a series of major museums in a two-year long tour which included the Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama, the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, outside New York City and the Flint Institute of Arts outside Detroit. He is the author of the children’s book Don’t Hold Me Back: My Life and Art, and in 2011, was featured in the documentary ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert. He currently lives and works in Newhallville with his family, and spends a portion of his time working with school children telling his stories and teaching his craft. “We’re excited to present this special exhibit of Winfred’s art,” says Hank Paper. “It’s a great opportunity to see these unique, brilliantly colored, eye-popping, often densely populated ‘canvases’ of black urban scenes and southern cotton fields. They are full of life and the struggle for it." You can learn more about Winfred, his art, and the documentary at www.allmethemovie.com. Other upcoming Kehler Liddell Gallery shows include: • September 11 - October 12: Matthew Garrett and Julie Frankel • October 16 - November 16: John Harris and Edith Borax Morrison • November 20 - December 21: Group Show The Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website, www.kehlerliddell.com, or call 203.389.9555.