Inside Bridgeport’s Theatres
September 25 – January 2, 2012
An exhibition of photographs and memorabilia that explores Bridgeport’s theatre history. View the Main Street Collection of rich and colorful photographs by Jay Misencik and Geraline Valentine offer a rare glimpse inside Bridgeport’s Majestic and Palace theatres. The photos capture the architectural beauty of these once thriving houses. Many items on display are on loan from the Bridgeport History Center of the Bridgeport Public Library, a Bravo! partner.
On View September 7 – 18, 2011
CT Responds & Reflects, a special exhibition honoring the Connecticut first responders of the 9/11 attacks will offer a retrospective of photographs, letters and print materials. In conjunction with this exhibition, the Museum will also display 9/11 photography by well-known Westport photographer, Stephen Wilkes.
From Sea to Shining Sea:
Coastal Navigation and the Ship Models of James Wiser March 12 – April 24, 2011
Come take a journey at sea and learn about the rich maritime history of the United States and Fairfield County through this exhibition. Explore a flotilla of magnificently detailed historic ships modeled by Southport resident Jim Wiser along with maritime paintings and rare, recently discovered maps from the Museum’s collection. View a 200th anniversary exhibition of the Coast Survey, initiated by Thomas Jefferson, which later became the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Our Nation’s Generations:
The New Beginnings Family
February 4 – March 6, 2011
This exhibition developed with New Beginnings Family Academy, a Bridgeport charter school, explored the larger theme of “Family” and 5th grade students’ reflections on “Who is a positive role model in my life?”
The student’s large, vibrant “story quilt” modeled on the work of celebrated award-winning artist and author Faith Ringgold (b. 1930). Museum visitors also have a unique opportunity to see firsthand Faith Ringgold’s original artwork. On view are story quilts—Tar Beach 2 and Our Ancestors– and seventeen illustrations from Faith Ringgold’s children’s book Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in The Sky.
Faith Ringgold, who was born in 1930, lives and works in New Jersey. Her art has been exhibited worldwide and is in major public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. She has also written and illustrated 14 children’s books and won many distinguished awards, including a Caldecott honor and the Coretta Scott King Award for the best illustrated children’s book. Ms. Ringgold is represented by ACA Gallery, New York City.
Click here for a gallery of images from past Our Nation’s Generations exhibits.
It’s a Hit! A Hometown View of our National Pastime
June 20, 2010 – April 3, 2011
Discover the legendary players and teams who played in Connecticut and the local heroes who achieved the American dream. Step onto the historic fields that attracted thousands of people to Bridgeport and hear the roar of fans in vintage radio broadcasts. Discover how the sport evolved through interactive displays of 19th century and modern baseball bats, gloves and balls.
Click here for a gallery of images from It’s A Hit!