GREENWICH, Conn. -- Bruce Museum in Greenwich is offering three months of free membership to anyone who purchases a one-year membership by July 15. Membership packages begin at $35 for students and educators, are $40 for seniors and $60 for individuals. Families can purchase memberships for just $65, and even more membership options are available, and can be found on the Bruce Museum website.
“Membership gives you so many options,’’ said Whitney Rosenberg, the museum’s Director of Development and Institutional Advancement. “We do exhibitions of art and science, and sometimes they crossover. We have 12 to 14 exhibitions annually. Every time a member comes, there’s something new to see and something new to experience.”
Bruce Museum members also receive free admission to seven other institutions in the Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance. These include The Aldrich Contemporary Museum in Ridgefield; Barnum Museum in Bridgeport; Hudson River Museum in Yonkers; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill; Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah; Neuberger Museum of Art in Katonah; and the Wave Hill Gardens and Cultural Center in the Bronx. The New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain also offers free admission to Bruce Museum members.
Bruce’s current exhibitions are "Walls of Color, The Murals of Hans Hofmann," which runs through Sept. 6, and "Madagascar, Ghosts of the Past," which runs through Nov. 8. The Hofmann exhibition has created quite a buzz, and was recently featured in the New York Times and the PBS TV show NYC-Arts with Christina Ha was just at the Bruce filming a broadcast from the exhibition.
An exhibition of art from area high school students, "iCreate," runs through July 26, and includes works from 44 high school students. Organized by the Museum’s youth education program, Youth@Bruce, the juried show received more than 500 submissions from students throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties. Students from Bridgeport Central, Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Darien High School, Joel Barlow, Greens Farms Academy, Greenwich High School, Stamford High School, Staples High School and Westhill High School in Stamford are among those who have exhibits in the show.
A new, groundbreaking exhibition, "The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride," opens on June 27 and is part of the first ever collaboration between the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance (FWMA): Seven museums, seven sins. Each museum explores one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
The Bruce Museum explores Pride, the sin of arrogance. This mother of all sins is characterized by the desire to be exceptional. The Bruce exhibition will explore the dazzling, dizzying heights of mankind’s hubris and vanity -- as well as the resultant cataclysmic falls -- through objects of art and material culture from the Renaissance into the contemporary period. The study of exquisite master prints, drawings, paintings, rare books, and a video installation will demonstrate the breadth and endurance of the imagery of this deadly sin.
But membership at the Bruce means more than just free entry to every exhibition, exhibition openings and other activities.
“Membership also includes admission to the two festivals that we have each year,’’ Rosenberg said. “The spring festival has a juried art show with talent from all over the country. With the other members of the alliance, it’s a tremendous bang for your buck in accessibility to see art.”
For complete information on membership, current exhibits, upcoming exhibits and more, visit the Bruce Museum website .