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Past Museum Events

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi on March 23, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

 

Human Rights Panel Discussion: OUT of the SHADOWS

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (January 18, 2018)   On Thursday, February 8th the Housatonic Museum of Art will present the program, Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows, offering a powerhouse collection of experts on urgent human rights issues.  Moderated by Fatima Sabri, a young Afghan leader for women’s equality, the panel includes experts and advocates for social justice, LGBTQ equality, breaking the cycle of domestic violence and the rights of women and children. These noted panelists have dedicated themselves to bringing global awareness to the suffering and the injustice of sex trafficking, the practice of female genital mutilation, and children forced to serve as soldiers.


The panel includes Brian K. Sibley, S. Bear Bergman, Hans Neleman, Debra A. Greenwood, Ann Weiner and Congressman Jim Himes. The discussion takes place at 2pm in the Events Center in Beacon Hall at the Housatonic Community College, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. For additional details visit: www.HoustatonicMuseum.org or contact executive director Robbin Zella at (203) 332-5052.


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PIRATES: Fact & Fiction

John R. Wright, historian and illustrator, will discuss how literature and film have framed our image of pirates in popular culture. The talk will explore the facts, myths and Golden Age romance of pirates.

 

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm in the Burt Chernow Galleries

 

Mr. Wright is a graduate of Parsons School of Design/The New School. After working for several years as an illustrator and art editor for various publications, he turned his attention towards history. He was Director of the Miller House in White Plains, New York and Education Coordinator at Van Cortlandt House Museum in the Bronx. He is currently the Director at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, New York.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Who hasn’t dreamed of unearthing buried treasure? Lost gold mines of the Old West might be far-removed and sunken ships difficult to reach… but according to legend and the historical record, vast riches might be secreted in Connecticut’s own Gold Coast: Fairfield County. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, author Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport’s mysterious lost caches.


Tuesday, Oct 3 at 7PM in Beacon Hall Room 145


Michael J. Bielawa is an award winning author and poet. For years Mike has been fascinated with New England legends and folklore. He has journeyed throughout the Northeast researching the subject. During his travels Michael has visited New England ghost towns, uncovered secret rooms, searched for pirate treasure and, not too long ago, reported a UFO over Woodbury, Connecticut. Bielawa’s supernatural work has appeared in FATE Magazine, The Dead of Night, Hermes’ Crossing, and in London’s Fortean Times. His book, Wicked Bridgeport (published by The History Press) won the first annual New England Paranormal Literary Award in 2012. Another of Bielawa’s examinations concerning weird coastal Connecticut, entitled Wicked New Haven, documents the Elm City’s paranormal heritage, and has received excellent reviews. Bielawa celebrated New Haven's famous 17th century "Phantom Ship” when he produced and directed the 4-story-tall illuminated art installation, “The Persistence of Legend.” You may have seen him on WTNH, Channel 8’s, Connecticut Style and Good Morning Connecticut or heard him on any number of radio programs, including NPR, WABC-AM, WPLR, and WICC.


In addition, Mike has served as special consultant to The Fairfield Museum and History Center and as guest curator for The Barnum Museum. He has lectured about American hero Jackie Robinson for the NEA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moderated discussions throughout Connecticut for the Connecticut Humanities Council. One of his favorite presentations honors Kate Hepburn’s summers in Stratford. He is honored to appear throughout Connecticut in order to share and preserve New England legends and folklore.

Join us for a murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser.

 

Murder Eventbrite Postcard


Check out the photos from the show!


We would like to thank our sponsors:

Patriot Bank
“We are dedicated to being everything a community bank should be – every day and in every way”

Ann Weiner

ChemWerth

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport with author Michael Bielawa

 

Michael BielawaAward-winning author and historian Michael Bielawa, an authority on New England legends and folklore, will deliver two lectures at the Housatonic Museum of Art in connection with its newest pirate-inspired exhibition, Scrolls.

 

On Tuesday, September 19th at 7pm, Bielawa will deliver a fascinating lecture entitled, “Pirates, Buccaneers and Mooncussers of the Connecticut Coast.”  While the Connecticut shore might seem far removed from the palm trees and turquoise bays associated with buccaneers, in reality, Long Island Sound was a hive of 17th and 18th century pirate villainy. Join author Michael Bielawa for a fascinating examination of some of history's most infamous freebooters who visited and may have buried treasure right here in Connecticut.

 

In his lecture “True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport” Bielawa will astonish the audience with tales of the shocking criminal underbelly of Connecticut’s largest city.  From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport's mysterious lost caches!  The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7pm.

 

Both lectures will take place in BEACON HALL, RM 145, located on the campus of Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT.

 

Housatonic Museum of Art Gallery Talk with Curator of Body & Soul Exhibition

The public is invited to a gallery talk with Ben Ortiz, curator of the Housatonic Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, Body & Soul

 

Body and Soul Exhibit

 

Attendees will engage directly with the works of art and Ortiz will discuss his passion for collecting art and tell stories behind each work. The talk takes place at the museum located at HCC, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, on Thursday, October 20 at 5:00 pm. There is no charge for attendance.

 

The Body & Soul exhibition is a collection of prints, paintings, photographs and sculpture with an emphasis on works by Latin American art. Local, regional and national artists are also represented in this compilation of 50 works of figurative art representing diverse art periods, art movements, mediums and techniques. The collection was donated to the museum by Mr. Ortiz and Victor P. Torchia in honor of Mr. Ortiz’s brother, John Eloy Ortiz (1966-2008), who would have celebrated his 50th birthday this year.  The exhibition remains open through October 23, 2016.

 

Mr. Ortiz attended Housatonic Community College, and previously held the position as Curator at the Housatonic Museum of Art.  During his tenure he recognized the rapid growth of the Hispanic population in Bridgeport and celebrated their contributions to the arts. His lifelong passion for collecting art began at age 12, when he was drawn to purchase an etching on paper at a Bridgeport tag sale for 50 cents. The work turned out to be created by Edith Nankivell (1896-1962), an American etcher and painter who exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston during the 1930s and 1940s, and the piece will be included in the exhibition.

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi on March 23, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

PIRATES: Fact & Fiction

John R. Wright, historian and illustrator, will discuss how literature and film have framed our image of pirates in popular culture. The talk will explore the facts, myths and Golden Age romance of pirates.

 

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm in the Burt Chernow Galleries

 

Mr. Wright is a graduate of Parsons School of Design/The New School. After working for several years as an illustrator and art editor for various publications, he turned his attention towards history. He was Director of the Miller House in White Plains, New York and Education Coordinator at Van Cortlandt House Museum in the Bronx. He is currently the Director at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, New York.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Who hasn’t dreamed of unearthing buried treasure? Lost gold mines of the Old West might be far-removed and sunken ships difficult to reach… but according to legend and the historical record, vast riches might be secreted in Connecticut’s own Gold Coast: Fairfield County. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, author Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport’s mysterious lost caches.


Tuesday, Oct 3 at 7PM in Beacon Hall Room 145


Michael J. Bielawa is an award winning author and poet. For years Mike has been fascinated with New England legends and folklore. He has journeyed throughout the Northeast researching the subject. During his travels Michael has visited New England ghost towns, uncovered secret rooms, searched for pirate treasure and, not too long ago, reported a UFO over Woodbury, Connecticut. Bielawa’s supernatural work has appeared in FATE Magazine, The Dead of Night, Hermes’ Crossing, and in London’s Fortean Times. His book, Wicked Bridgeport (published by The History Press) won the first annual New England Paranormal Literary Award in 2012. Another of Bielawa’s examinations concerning weird coastal Connecticut, entitled Wicked New Haven, documents the Elm City’s paranormal heritage, and has received excellent reviews. Bielawa celebrated New Haven's famous 17th century "Phantom Ship” when he produced and directed the 4-story-tall illuminated art installation, “The Persistence of Legend.” You may have seen him on WTNH, Channel 8’s, Connecticut Style and Good Morning Connecticut or heard him on any number of radio programs, including NPR, WABC-AM, WPLR, and WICC.


In addition, Mike has served as special consultant to The Fairfield Museum and History Center and as guest curator for The Barnum Museum. He has lectured about American hero Jackie Robinson for the NEA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moderated discussions throughout Connecticut for the Connecticut Humanities Council. One of his favorite presentations honors Kate Hepburn’s summers in Stratford. He is honored to appear throughout Connecticut in order to share and preserve New England legends and folklore.

Join us for a murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser.

 

Murder Eventbrite Postcard


Check out the photos from the show!


We would like to thank our sponsors:

Patriot Bank
“We are dedicated to being everything a community bank should be – every day and in every way”

Ann Weiner

ChemWerth

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

 

Michael BielawaAward-winning author and historian Michael Bielawa, an authority on New England legends and folklore, will deliver two lectures at the Housatonic Museum of Art in connection with its newest pirate-inspired exhibition, Scrolls.

 

On Tuesday, September 19th at 7pm, Bielawa will deliver a fascinating lecture entitled, “Pirates, Buccaneers and Mooncussers of the Connecticut Coast.”  While the Connecticut shore might seem far removed from the palm trees and turquoise bays associated with buccaneers, in reality, Long Island Sound was a hive of 17th and 18th century pirate villainy. Join author Michael Bielawa for a fascinating examination of some of history's most infamous freebooters who visited and may have buried treasure right here in Connecticut.

 

In his lecture “True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport” Bielawa will astonish the audience with tales of the shocking criminal underbelly of Connecticut’s largest city.  From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport's mysterious lost caches!  The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7pm.

 

Both lectures will take place in BEACON HALL, RM 145, located on the campus of Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT.

In His Words

In His Words

A celebration of Male Poets

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo,
Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

Download the flyer by clicking on the image below.

Women Discuss Successful Careers at Housatonic Community College

Three successful women will discuss their career journeys and commitment to the community on Thursday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the HCC Burt Chernow Gallery at LaFayette Hall.

 

The Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard is Pastor of the Bethel AME Church and is a social activist.

 

Mary-Jane Foster, J.D., is provost of University Relations at the University of Bridgeport and was former Mayoral Candidate for the City of Bridgeport, and the former owner of the Bridgeport Blue Fish baseball team.

 

Dr. Estela Lopez is the interim Provost for the Connecticut State University and Community College system. Dr. Lopez is a recognized leader in higher education.

 

The panel is presented by the HCC Women’s Center. Dr. Linda Wolfson, Director of the Women’s Center says, “We want to keep inspiring our students to follow their dreams and ambitions. There is no better way than to see and hear from strong women who have achieved their goals.”

The public is invited at no charge.

Photo from left to right: Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, Dr. Estela Lopez and Mary-Jane Foster.

Three Ladies
In His Words

In His Words

A celebration of Male Poets

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo,
Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

Download the flyer by clicking on the image below.

Housatonic Museum of Art presents Harry Moritz: Medium Cool

Harry Moritz will offer a talk about his work to be held in the Events Center in Beacon Hall on the campus of Housatonic Community College on Wednesday, March 16th at 5:30pm. This event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend

For further information, please click here.

In His Words

In His Words

A celebration of Male Poets

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo,
Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

Download the flyer by clicking on the image below.

Finding Brass Valley: A Place in Time that Almost Vanished

This is the story of the people and communities that built the Brass Valley
and attained the American Dream.

 

Housatonic Museum of Art Presents
Finding Brass Valley:
A Place in Time that Almost Vanished

slide talk & book signing by
Emery Roth III

Wednesday, February 10th
11:45 am to 12:45 PM
Events Center
Housatonic Community College

This event is free and everyone is cordially invited to attend

For further information, please click here.

 

The Housatonic Museum of Art’s PEER DOCENTS

PEER DOCENTS

Fall 2015 Tour Dates and Times:

Monday, November 30, Tours, at 9, 10, and 12

Friday, December 4, Tours, at 9, 10 and 12



Please come to learn about the Program and about Bridgeport architecture!!!
Depart from the Atrium in Lafayette Hall

 

Tea Talk

Tea TalkTea Talk - Thinkers • Educators • Artists

Three 20 minute conversations on Where Are The Arts In Connecticut Education?

November 15, 2015 2PM

Westport Town Hall

www.WestportArts.com


View the video here!

Shiva: God of Many Faces

Hamish LutrisShiva: God of Many Faces

A Talk by Hamish Lutris at Housatonic Museum of Art
6 pm, Wednesday, October 7
In the Burt Chernow Galleries
This event is FREE and open to the public

 


About the Speaker:

Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He has worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, leading hiking and historical programs. He has also lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Canada, presenting programs on wide-ranging historical topics, including Native American history, the Civil War, Scientific History, Social and cultural history, World War I, World War II, and the American West.

Live from the POEMobile: Bridgeport Arts Fest! (more info)

POEMobile

July 11th @8pm

Draw ON! At Housatonic Community College
Draw ON!

The Art Department of Housatonic Community College in collaboration with the Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is participating in Draw On! a five day art event March 23 - 27, 2015

The Women Gather ~A Celebration of Women Poets

THe Women Gather

 

Rescheduled for Thrusday, March 12, 2015
6pm-9pm, Housatonic Museum of Art

Latoya Washington • Shanna T. Melto • Peaches • Jazz-e • Iyapiphany

 

Paula Scher@HMA (more info...)
Paula Scher

Wednesday,March 11, 2015 at 11:00am

Paula Scher began her design career as a record cover art director at Atlantic Records and CBS Records in the 1970's and 1980's.

In His Words (more info...)
In His Words

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 8:00pm

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo, Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

POEMobile (more info...)
POEMobile

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:30pm

Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along with their verses written large on the façade on the McLevy Building at State and Broad Streets.

The Women Gather (more info...)

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
in the Gallery
6 – 9:00pm

The Women Gather: An Evening of Poetry
Celebrating Women’s History Month

Transcending Continents (more info...)

February 27th, 2014 from
6:00 – 9:00pm

Transcending Continents: A Black History Month Celebration

In His Words (more info...)

December 5th, 2013 from
6:30 – 10:00pm

In His Words, an all-male poetry showcase, free and open to the public

DANCE for Every BODY (more info...)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

>A movement jam/dance workshop led by
Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women

POEMobile (more info...)
POEMobile

Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8:30pm

Led by poetry ambassador Shanna T. Melton, Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along with their verses written large on the façade on the McLevy Building at State and Broad Streets.

Aeolian Ride 2009 (more info...)
POEMobile

AEOLIAN RIDE Bridgeport, CT:
30 PERSON INFLATABLE-SUIT BIKE RIDE

Sponsored by HMA with fund from the Werth Family Foundation and HCC Foundation in support of SweetPort.

FREE PUBLIC ART BIKE RIDE (see more photos of this event)
Friday, May 30, 2009 Photos by Jessica Findley