Are you looking to get involved in Fairfield County? Interested in art and science? Then the Bruce Museum Contemporaries may just be what you are looking for. The Bruce Contemporaries is a dynamic group of art and culture enthusiasts between the ages of 25 and 45 who enjoy insider access to the Bruce Museum and the exclusive events, educational, and networking opportunities. Credit longtime Bruce member and active volunteer Grace Djuranovic for providing the spark that brought this new member group together. Grace recognized the opportunity to engage young local families in a more sustained, inclusive way. So far the Bruce Contemporaries has attracted nearly 70 members and is looking forward to welcoming more members. Here are 5 reasons to join the Bruce Museum’s Bruce Contemporaries.
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Bruce Contemporaries attended their first private art collection tour on April 10 and over 20 guests enjoyed touring an important collection of contemporary art. Artists in the collection include Magdalena Abakanowic, Robert Arneson, Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Larry Poons, Martin Puryear, and Kiki Smith. The collectors treated Bruce Contemporaries to many personal stories about how they acquired specific works, why they collect certain artists, which artists are their favorites, and even how they include and teach their children art collecting. It was a fascinating view into the minds of two focused collectors who are passionate about collecting and living with art.
On April 2, 2019, a group of Bruce Contemporaries members along with supporters of the Bruce, visited The Brant Foundation in New York. The Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition is the inaugural show in their new space, a former Con Edison power plant that was later the home and studio of sculptor Walter De Maria. The show brings together pieces from the Brant collection as well as international museums and private collections. What a spectacular treat!
‘Jean-Michel Basquiat’ at the Brant Shows His Bifurcated Life, - New York Times
by Martha Schwendener
March 5, 2019
A few years ago, a plaza in Paris was named after the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Brooklyn-born painter who became a global sensation in the early 1980s and died at 27 of a heroin overdose. No similar honor has been bestowed upon Basquiat by the City of New York. However, the opening of the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in the East Village, with an exhibition of nearly 70 works by Basquiat created from 1980 to 1987, serves as a fitting temporary shrine. The Brant in Manhattan is also part of a wave of private museums opening across the country, including the Hill Art Foundation in Chelsea; the expansion of Glenstone in Maryland; and the Marciano and Broadcollections in Los Angeles.
But first, Basquiat. The story of this painter of Haitian and Puerto-Rican descent is one of the most documented in contemporary art history. Basquiat moved to Manhattan — partly to escape his strict accountant father — couch-surfed, lived off girlfriends and formed a post-punk band called Gray after “Gray’s Anatomy.” He sprayed poetic, enigmatic graffiti on walls in downtown Manhattan before moving to canvas and starred in an independent film, “Downtown 81.” He dated Madonna before she was famous and made paintings with his hero-turned-friend, Andy Warhol.