Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Fairfield County! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!
I'm Not a Bully' Banner Night - Pump It Up Norwalk
October 10, 2013 - Norwalk
Celebrate anti-bullying week by signing and decorating a huge "I'm Not a Bully" banner to go on Facebook.
MouseMuse Productions presents Storytelling on the Green - Fairfield Museum and History Center
October 10, 2013 - Fairfield
Enjoy a spellbinding evening featuring true ten-minute tales told by local storytellers. Ticket price includes complimentary wine and light snacks.
The 3rd Annual 'One Voice' Conference - The Courtyard by Marriott
October 10, 2013 - Cromwell
This conference, for parents raising a child with special needs, features Jill Edelman, author and parent of a child with special needs who will share her family's journey of parenting one day at a time. Cathy Ludlum, self advocate, will discuss the role parents expectations play in their child's future. This event is sponsored by the Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN). Call or go online to pre-register.
Unacceptable Levels' – About the Chemical Soup We Live In - Audubon Greenwich
October 10, 2013 - Greenwich
Over 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, and many are going straight into our bodies. Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. Film at 7:00 pm. RSVPs are appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org or by voicemail 203-869-5272 x239.
PREPARE A MEAL FOR OPERATION HOPE'S - COMMUNITY KITCHEN IN FAIRFIELD - Operation Hope
Through October 10, 2013 - Fairfield,
Educate your child on the importance of helping their neighbors. Drop by Operation Hope after school or in between activities and
pick up a sample recipe and directions for your child and family to make at home. Stop in, meet Donna Schmidt, the Volunteer Program Manager, and pick up a recipe and schedule a time to drop your meal back off at Operation Hope. Contact Donna Schmidt at email@example.com or 203-292-5588.
Exhibition: Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center - Katonah Museum of Art
Through October 13, 2013 - Katonah
"Remix" weaves the narrative of collage through the history of modern and contemporary art. Coined in the early 20th century from the French word coller, meaning to glue or stick, the term "collage" originally described a revolutionary method of art-making. Over time its definition has expanded to represent an approach to and perception of the modern world. The 100 artists featured in the exhibition utilize collage's core conceptual traits - heterogeneity, fragmentation, and appropriation - to address with clarity and immediacy the circumstances of their times. Remix explores the impact of collage on artistic and cultural expression and gathers together the diverse fragments of a rich artistic tradition.
On view through October 13. Museum hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10am-5pm; Sundays: 12-5pm. Closed Mondays.
Poetry in Motion—Where I Stand - Wilton Library
Through October 20, 2013 - Wilton
Poetry in Motion is Wilton Library's annual program for teens in grades 7 – 12. This year's theme is Where I Stand. This can be interpreted figuratively or literally. Students are invited to submit original poems (serious or humorous; short or long). Approximately 35 poems will be selected by a student board for a two-performance event in March 2014 at the library. Poems will be paired with art, music and/or dance for the live performances. Poems can be performed by the student poet or by someone else. Submit poems as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 20, 2013. Call Susan Lauricella at 203-762-3950, ext. 243 for information.
Eggs-hibition: Unscrambling Their History - Bruce Museum
Through October 20, 2013 - Greenwich
This new exhibition will delight visitors with an array of eggs. From food to children's fairy tales, Fabergé eggs to pharmacology, Eggs-hibition explores the evolution of the egg, its prominent inclusion in creation myths worldwide, the complex simplicity of its design, and the inspiration it imparts to artists who have painted, bejeweled, photographed, and written about them. March 23-October 20, 2013.
Global Energy – The Musical - Stepping Stones Museum
Through October 20, 2013 - Norwalk
Created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children and Child's Play Touring Theater, Global Energy – The Musical is an interactive, musical, multimedia, funny and engaging look at energy and conservation. A limited engagement production. Made possible by Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and Energize Connecticut.
Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
Through October 26, 2013 - Norwalk
Join the crew of the research vessel Oceanic for an educational and scenic trip of the sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed with a video microscope), crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom, and a variety of fish, crabs, lobsters and surprises brought up in the trawl net. Advance reservations recommended. Go online or call ext. 2206 to for more information or to purchase tickets. Saturdays September 7 through October 26.
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2013 - Bronx
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture imagination. Special events run throughout the month. Through Oct. 31 in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden.
Haunted Pumpkin Garden Activities
Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 14; 10am-5:30pm in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden:
- Join a Halloween Parade (meet at the Pumpkin House, weekdays 1:30pm; weekends 1pm and 3pm.
- Collect fallen fruits and seeds in a scavenger hunt bag.
- Put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater.
- Enjoy spooky readings from favorite Halloween storybooks on weekends (2pm and 3pm).
Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes. Event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
Nov. 1-2. Admission for this 45-minute performance by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.
Scared by the Sound Haunted House - 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202)
Through November 02, 2013 - Cortlandt Manor
For 2013 Scared by the Sound has moved from its prior location at Playland Amusement Park in Rye. The haunt is now located at 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202) in Cortlandt Manor. Just 3 miles west of the Taconic Parkway (near the Yorktown border), the new 13,000-square-foot Haunted House is now completely indoors. Experience the Crypt Walk, Haunted Wine Cellar, Creepy Morgue, Tunnels of Doom, plus the all new Zombie Zone, and much, much more!
Note: although children under 12 years are allowed entry when accompanied by an adult, the event is not recommended for children under age 8.
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and November 1-2.
For more information, call 1-877-SCARY-FUN.
Horseman's Hollow 2013 - Philipsburg Manor
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow
Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman's Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to 13 evenings.
Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real.
Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll...maybe even your own!
Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is one of Westchester's premier haunted attractions, right in the heart of the village of Sleepy Hollow.
WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
October 5-6, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27; November 1-2. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.
Dinosaur Safari - By Popular Demand Extended Through Nov. 3 - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2013 - Bronx
The new attraction will include a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit.
In anticipation of the new exhibit, the Bronx Zoo is offering New Yorkers a chance to vote for their favorite dinosaur species at bronxzoo.com/dino and win tickets to see the dinosaurs. Included in the vote: long-necked Brachiosaurus, the intimidating Tyrannosaurus rex, the gator-like Baryonyx, the massive Triceratops, or the flighted Quetzalcoatlus. Exclusive Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari stickers that can be used with a safari field guide will be given to those who vote.
Dinosaur Safari will include a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and will highlight the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today.
This limited engagement will through Sunday, November 3, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket.
A 20% discount is offered with online purchases for Monday and Tuesday visits. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com/dino.
Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2013 - Bronx
Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition with safe, family-friendly activities. Annual favorites including a haunted walk-through adventure - The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries - headline the festivities and have been enhanced for this year's Dragons and Dinosaurs theme. Visitors will enjoy magic shows, musical performances, and costume parades in addition to traditional guest favorites including the hay maze, extinction graveyard, carved pumpkin demonstrations, treat stations, and seasonal craft workshops. Attractions and activities embrace the spirit of the season and highlight wildlife like bats, snakes, and nocturnal animals. Note: some activities require an additional fee.
Boo at the Zoo activities include:
The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries
This Museum, created by Dr. B. Zarre, houses a remarkable collection of mysterious creatures, evidence of how the dinosaurs were destroyed, and anomalies collected from earth and space. Dr. B. Zarre has amassed this through years of exploration and adventure, and brought this fascinating "believe it or not" collection as a special exhibition exclusive to the Bronx Zoo. Location: by Somba Village. Time: 11am-5pm.
3-D Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations
Professional pumpkin carvers from Sand Sculpture USA will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings that cannot be missed. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza.
Visitors can join the enchantment of a Halloween Parade. Hand-made puppets and props built by master costumers will be part of the fun as participants march through the zoo alongside an array of characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company. Location: starts at Zoo Center. Times: 12pm and 2pm. Photos will be available at the end of each performance.
Musical Theater: Beasts of the Magical World
This puppetry musical tells stories of owls and sorcerers, snakes, komodo dragons and frogs and magic. It was created by acclaimed puppeteer Noel MacNeal of Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House, and numerous Nickelodeon TV series. Puppets were created by Puppet Kitchen of NYC. Music by Jim Camacho. Location: Asia Plaza Theater. Times: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.
Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops and lots of adventure. Location: Butterfly Patio. Time: 11am-5pm.
Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band will lead zoo audiences on a musical adventure with the Gigi's Dino-mite Prehistoric Party. Audiences will be invited to participate in animal-themed musical performances, songs and dances, and games. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 11:30am, 1pm, and 3pm.
Animal Themed Magic Shows
Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition with remarkable sleight-of-hand and optical illusions from magic man David Levitan. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.
Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit. Time: 11am-5pm.
Make a one-of-a-kind kimodo dragon puppet. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza. Time: 11am-4pm.
Extinct Animal Graveyard
Learn about endangered and extinct animals at this spooky display. Location: Mouse House lawn.
Bronx Zoo animal experts celebrate wildlife iconic to Halloween season.
Visit bronxzoo.com for full schedule.
The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 11, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson
The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 25 nights in 2013! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of Jack O' Lanterns! Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden.
New additions this year to Blaze's perennially popular 'Jurassic Park' include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus. Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Plus, making its debut at this year's Blaze, and featuring more than 20 new works from professional artists, the Museum of Pumpkin Art will be the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins.
Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of a brand-new all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900. October 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31; November 1-3, 8-11.
Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 11, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow
Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 4, through Sunday, Sep. 30, and Nov. 1-11. Open daily Oct 1-31. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.
Exhibition: There's a Map for That! - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through November 15, 2013 - Fairfield
Explore the ways in which our state has been surveyed, charted, imagined, and pictured over the years, combining science, art and history. There's a Map for That is a special exhibition organized by Connecticut Explored magazine in celebration of its 10th anniversary. This colorful exhibition explores many faces of Connecticut and the whys and ways of mapping them with large-scale, full-color reproductions of rarely-seen historic maps from the 18th Century to the present. August 15-November 15, 2013.
Sunday Explorers - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through November 24, 2013 - Stamford
The education staff offers a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Museum's many favorite features. Each week focuses on a different topic and includes self-guided and staff-led activities which run throughout the time period. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with gate admission. Sundays September 22-November 24, 2013.
Harvest Hay Rides - Beardsley Zoo
Through November 30, 2013 - Bridgeport
Take a hay ride through the zoo. Rides begin at the W.O.L.F. Cabin.
Saturday, Sundays and school holidays October 1-November 30.
CANARY IN THE COAL MINE: The Plight of the Polar Bear & Planet Earth - Westport Library
Through December 01, 2013 - Westport
This exhibit offers a glimpse at climate change and what energy might look like in the next 150 years. August 16-December 1, 2013.
THE COMPROMISED LAND: RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FROM ISRAEL - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through December 01, 2013 - Purchase
When it comes to the subject of Israel, nothing is simple; not its history, its geography, its politics, its peoples, or its multicultural and religious core. The points of view are as varied and passionate as the people who populate this land, a little smaller than New Jersey (8,000 square miles), yet large enough to rivet the world's attention. It is a site of conflict, ancient and recent, and of promise.
The new exhibition, "The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel," organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, confronts many of Israel's issues head on. Exploring the themes of coexistence and conflict, history and memory, and the importance of land, the work of twenty-one contemporary artists will be on view in this exhibition through Dec. 1, 2013.
"The Compromised Land" revolves around the notion of land, which, in Israel, is regarded as a sacred, as well as a geographical, economic, social, and political organism - rooted in the psyche and culture of its peoples, and thousands of years of history. Israel's conflicts, history, and culture shadow daily life and permeate artistic expression. The work of established and emerging artists, who are emotionally and intellectually invested in their country's fate, gives voice to their sense of unease and threat, as they consider, reveal, interpret, and question Israel's politics, culture, and future. The exhibition also examines Israeli photography and video, practices that dominate contemporary Israeli art, and for which Israel is internationally recognized.
The featured artists include: Boaz Arad, Yael Bartana, Joseph Dadoune, Nir Evron, Barry Frydlender, Dani Gal, Ori Gersht, Dor Guez, Oded Hirsch, Miki Kratsman, Sigalit Landau, Dana Levy, Shahar Marcus, Adi Nes, Nira Pereg, Gilad Ratman, Michael Rovner, Lior Shvil, Sharon Ya�Ari, and Rona Yefman with Tanja Schlander.
"The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel" is curated by Helaine Posner, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and guest curator Lilly Wei; and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated 96-page catalogue with essays by Ory Dessau; Ron Pundak, Israeli historian and chairman of the Israeli Peace NGO Forum; and the co-curators.
Support for the exhibition is provided by Artis, Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger, Susan and James Dubin, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Foundation.
Support for the residency of artist Gilad Ratman is provided by the Israel Institute, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and study of modern Israel. Additional support is provided by the UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester.
Phone Art - Old Town Hall Museum
Through December 01, 2013 - Stamford
Phone Art is a cutting edge exhibit of photographs, art and videos created with smartphones or tablets. Featuring works by California iPhonegrapher Bob Poe and a juried collection of work from artists nationwide. Novice, intermediate and advanced workshops are available. Visit picture-that.com for museum hours, workshop schedule and guided tours. June 14-December 1, 2013.
By Her Hand: Art of Native American Women & the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through December 03, 2013 - Stamford
Learn about the Native American women who transformed everyday objects with personal expressions of artistic flair. See how natural resources were combined with trade goods to produce extraordinary works of art during the dramatic cultural and economic changes at the turn of the last century. Their works, all from the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's permanent collection, are being paired in this exhibition with the iconic photographs of Edward S. Curtis, who captured the last vestiges of traditional Native American culture in the western United States. His mission was to safeguard a sacred legacy by preserving traditional culture, personal histories, and beliefs through photographs. This exhibition offers an opportunity to experience the Native American message of beauty, heart, and spirit. September 21-December 3, 2013.
Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharoahs - Yale Peabody Museum
Through January 04, 2014 - New Haven
This exhibition will take you on a journey through two thousand years of fascination with ancient Egypt, the land of the pharaohs. Visitors will enter through a reproduction of the Egyptianizing gateway that is the entrance to New Haven's Grove Street Cemetery (designed by Henry Austin in 1839), and then discover how a culture that flourished thousands of years ago has impacted our own world. Echoes of ancient Egypt appear in art, architecture, and literature around the world from ancient Africa to medieval Europe and the Middle East, to modern North America. April 13, 2013-January 4, 2014.
Secrets of Circles - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - Norwalk
If you look around, you'll see that circles are everywhere: in the wheels of a car, the clock on the wall, the tortillas on your table, and the frisbees and tops you play with. This exhibit invites visitors to climb into a circular boat, play and pretend in a market full of circles from around the globe and make objects spin using colorful gears. Featuring eighteen hands-on components, the highly-interactive Secrets of Circles inspires children and adults to ask questions and investigate the answers as they explore the math, science, and engineering of circles. September 8-January 5, 2014.
In Vogue: A Runway of 19th Century Women's Fashion - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through January 05, 2014 - Fairfield
The exhibit features the fashion-forward women of the late-18th and 19th centuries. Every decade from 1780 to 1900 will be on the runway. From cage hoop skirts to sleeves so large a woman could barely turn her head, this exhibit will emphasize the making of a fashionable woman throughout the Colonial, Regency, and Victorian Eras of Fairfield's history. Peer through a sea of posh hats to catch a glimpse of these historical fashionistas. July 20, 2013 - January 5, 2014.
BODIES REVEALED - Connecticut Science Center
Through January 05, 2014 - Hartford
This exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to see inside carefully preserved anatomical specimens and learn the detailed structure and function of the human body. The Exhibition takes visitors through galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Many of the whole-body specimens are displayed in athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate them to everyday activities. In addition, specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by over-eating and lack of exercise. A healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image. The human body specimens in the Exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body's many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare. September 21-January 5, 2014.
'Tornado Alley' - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 16, 2014 - Norwalk
This film invites the audience to follow along with a daring team of "storm chasers" as they work to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes. Sean Casey, star of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" reality series, leads this mission to document one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events - the birth of a tornado.
ART OF THE AUTOMOBILE - Westport Library
Through February 08, 2014 - Westport
Visit this exhibit of photorealistic paintings by Weston artist Ken Scaglia celebrating the elegant lines and polished surfaces of classic cars. Through January 8, 2014.
Exhibition: Six Ladders - Katonah Museum of Art
Through April 21, 2014 - Katonah
Bright swaths of vibrant colors transform the Katonah Museum of Art's exterior in its newest outdoor exhibition, "Six Ladders," by artist Andrea Lilienthal. Lilienthal created a series of giant bamboo ladders for the Museum's stately Sculpture Garden that are whimsical and enigmatic; their brilliant colors electrify the natural surroundings.
Five ladders, with their cheerful colors and playful patterns, lean against the Museum's enormous spruce trees in various positions and at different angles. On the building's facade, a sixth, 30-foot ladder extends just short of the roofline - its form and ribbons of color energizing the wall and lending sculptural dimension to the flat expanse. Each of the ladders are hand-constructed from sturdy commercial bamboo, harvested in China, and painted with high-gloss outdoor enamel paint from Holland. Their surfaces are smooth and reflective, in contrast to the course-textured tree bark.
According to Katonah Museum of Art Curator Ellen Keiter, "These are not functional structures - their bottom rungs are too high to mount and the ladders fail to reach the top of their intended destinations. These are instead beautiful works of art; Andrea Lilienthal responds to the inherent geometry of ladders and the repetitive rhythm of their rungs. She finds beauty in their simple, minimalist construction."
"Lilienthal's ladders instill a sense of wonder and suggest that seemingly unreachable goals can be attained," she says.
Keiter explains that bamboo is a hollow-stemmed, woody plant that "bows, sways, and splits, so slight imperfections, even substantial cracks, add distinctive character to each ladder. No two ladders are painted the same, yet their similarly saturated hues coalesce into a lively visual harmony."
She adds, "The bands of luscious color wrap around the bamboo like candy confections, and bright confetti patterns alternate with stark black-and-white designs. A causal link exists between the artificial colors and the natural bamboo. On one ladder, Lilienthal painted white rings around the growth nodes of the bamboo; on another, the nodes demarcate the lengths of painted blue and orange sections."
Says Lilienthal: "These magnificent and mysterious trees [at the Katonah Museum of Art], whose tops are not even visible, dwarf the people and furniture below. In response to their super scale, I chose the ladder, a form with human scale and multiple readings: utilitarian ancient, mythic, and universal. The severe and stately trees support the bamboo ladders in an implied partnership; rooted and stable, the trees assist the ladders in their attempt to ascend. But ultimately, how do you mount an 80-foot Norwegian spruce tree? My answer was to climb it with imagination, affirming our connection to the natural world."
Lilienthal has used bamboo in her artistic practice for several years. In earlier installations, she aligned multiple painted, wrapped, or taped bamboo poles along a wall - works awash in color, but still relatable in size. However, her current exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art is in keeping with the majesty, diameter, and spacing of the giant spruce trees.
Adding to the intrigue of this exhibition are enlarged photographs of the Garden's spruce trees displayed in the Museum's two west windows adjacent to the lone 30-foot ladder. On first impression, the images appear as reflections. In this way, Lilienthal reinforces the relationship between the ladders and the trees while further playing with the viewers' perceptions and expectations.
Historically, ladders carry rich and universal associations. In many faiths and fables, ladders are a symbol of ascent, of travel, of reaching upward. In modern times, they represent progress and growth, allowing us to reach higher than we would otherwise be able to go. Ladders symbolize elevation: from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, and from the material to the spiritual. They are featured in art from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary times. Jacob's Ladder, the metaphysical passage between heaven and earth, is mentioned in the first book of the Bible, and is represented in such disparate media as Renaissance paintings and popular
video games. There is a popular African-American spiritual, "We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder," Eric Carl's beloved children's picture book, "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me," and innumerable colloquialisms regarding "the ladder of success."
On view through April 21, 2014 during Museum hours: Sundays: 12-5pm; Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.
Nature Encounters - Earthplace
Through August 10, 2014 - Westport
Stop by Earthplace for a program with one of the naturalists. You may meet an animal, take a guided hike or visit the pond. Saturdays year-round.
Story and Animal Program - Earthplace
Through August 10, 2014 - Westport
Children 5 and younger can visit Earthplace every week for story time and an animal encounter. Thursdays and Fridays year-round.
Animal Feeding at Earthplace - Earthplace
Through January 01, 2015 - Westport
Ever wonder what you feed a turkey vulture? Curious about how a box turtle chews with no teeth? Join Earthplace staff in the Animal Hall and Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit for scheduled feeding times. Earthplace staff will be able to answer all your questions while giving each of the animals their daily meal. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays watch the animals in Animal Hall get fed. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays it's time to feed the Birds of Prey. The activity takes place year-round.
Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk
Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.