Museum After Dark

Fairfield Museum 2016 Museum After Dark

Museum After Dark events feature exhibit openings, community forums, and presentations by authors, scholars, artists, and historians, with ample opportunities for socializing and networking.

Rising TidesMuseum After Dark, Rising Tides Exhibition Opening | Thursday, September 29, 6pm – 8pm. Free.

Enjoy the exhibition opening of “Rising Tides” and learn about the fascinating history, past and future, of Fairfield’s use of the shoreline. The evening will feature an informal discussion with representatives of the Town of Fairfield. Learn about the behind-the-scene efforts to protect Fairfield’s coast and prepare for rising tides and extreme weather events. Joseph Michelangelo, Fairfield Department of Public Works, Brian Carey of Fairfield Conservation and Tom Steinke, former director, Fairfield Conservation.  Peter Linderoth of Save the Sound will moderate.

Fairfield Museum Rising TidesMuseum After Dark: Our Shoreline, Resiliency & Change | Thursday, October 20, 6-8pm. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.

Join experts from the University of Connecticut and CT DEEP to learn how these institutions are working together to address environmental issues along Connecticut’s coast. What is coastal resilience? Learn more about the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), a partnership between the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the University of Connecticut with Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement and Brian Thompson with CT DEEP. It was founded a little over two years ago to help Connecticut’s communities adapt to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the natural, built, and human environment.

What can you do? The evening will begin with a short presentation at 6:30pm on Home Energy Solutions. Find out how the program works and how weatherization can make homes more comfortable and save residents money.

En Plein Air WorkshopMuseum After Dark: the beautiful Pond | Wednesday, November 16, 6pm – 8pm. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.

Artist and author Judy Katz, Leigh Shemitz, Ph.D. President of SoundWaters and Robin Tauck, a travel company co-owner, business leader, philanthropist and Old Mill Pond resident, will discuss the importance of preserving the natural treasure that is the Old Mill Pond. Hear why it’s essential to preserve and protect Earth’s special places and how to do it, along with stories and history of a beloved Westport Pond and how it’s helping to save Long Island Sound.

Copies of the beautiful POND will be available for signing. This colorful 88-page story book of Old Mill Pond and Compo Cove by Westport author, artist and teacher Judy Katz, celebrates the pond, its history and environmental contribution to the town and region. Each page features a stunning water color of the pond and its environs, walking readers through the transformation of the pond from a working mill to a beloved and bucolic sanctuary for coastal life. Be swept away… and heed the call to preserve and protect Long Island Sound.

Previous Museum After Dark Programs:

November 19, 2015: Modern Design: Collecting from the Jazz Age to the Space Age
John Stuart Gordon, the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery presented a lively lecture about his role in acquiring design objects for Yale’s collection and the current decorative arts market. In conjunction with the exhibition Handcrafted: Artisans Past & Present.

October 8, 2015: Museum Commons: Design and Function for 21st Century Fairfield.
The Town of Fairfield and Fairfield Museum are working together on plans to revitalize Fairfield’s historic Town Green. Landscape designer Tom Elmore led a discussion on ideas about the Green and its future uses.

September 17, 2015: Remembering the Bridgeport Herald
A panel of journalists and media insiders looked back at the history of the Bridgeport Herald from the 1930s through the 1970s, exploring the entertainment, gossip, politics, and news that made the paper so popular. Guests included Alan Neigher, son of cartoonist and columnist Harry Neigher, and Frank Gerratana, whose father was the chief photographer for the paper.

IMAGES_HowardSchatz_webJuly 16, 2015: IMAGES Artists’ Reception with photographer Howard Schatz. World-renowned photographer Howard Schatz, featured in the IMAGES 2015 exhibition, spoke about his second career as a distinguished photographer. Schatz discussed his award-winning artistic oeuvre including studies of dancers, athletes, portraiture, and underwater imagery.

April 2, 2015: Anne Stanback, who led Love Makes a Family, moderated a fascinating discussion on what has been accomplished in the marriage equality movement, why it succeeded and the challenges ahead. The panel included Dr. Erica Hartwell, Assistant Professor for Marriage & Family Therapy at Fairfield University, Janson Wu, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and author/advocate Marc Solomon.

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