Bridgeport Housatonic Museum of Art reopens with big celebration of group shows

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut, (WTNH) – The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport announced its reopening on Thursday, September 9, with a celebration of its major group show.

The Big Art Bash 2021 show will feature four very diverse individual exhibitions, hoping to affect even the most discerning art lovers. It will be located at Lafayette Hall on the Housatonic Community College campus.

“The range of topics presented by these four exhibitions is wide-ranging, however, they all examine key aspects of human existence: connection, societal structures, despair and hope,” said Robbin Zella, director of the Housatonic Museum of Art. “Whether you are moved by Jon Schueler’s ability to speak out to relieve PTSD, or offended by the effect that patriarchal structures have had on women, this collective working assembly is very emotional.

Jon Schueler’s exhibition features a selection of war-themed paintings that simultaneously reflect the horrors Schueler witnessed as a B-17 navigator and the beauty of nature he saw while flying. HMA says the abstract expressionist’s writings associated with the works provide insight into his traumatic experience. A conference will be held virtually on October 7 at 6 p.m. and will be visible until October 8.

New dynamic interwoven sculptures by South Korean artist Jongil Ma will also be featured in the exhibition. The commissioned work titled “Be There When You Return” was funded by Elizabeth Fray, the Werth Family Foundation and HCC. HMA says the work references the Bridgeport journey and the hopeful return of residents’ pride and passion for local architecture. HMA also hopes this will welcome students and the community to the campus as a permanent facility.

There will be a mini solo exhibition featuring a series of meditation offerings on modern physics, space, human relations and music from Westport resident and Taiwanese artist Erik Chiang. HMA describes the show as an examination of the meaning of our existence and the importance of connecting to one. The sho is part of the HCC STEAMFest celebration.

A selection of paintings, photographs and sculptures includes an exhibition that explores the ways in which male domination has established a stronghold in family, social, legal, political, religious and economic systems. “Of Woman Born” examines the patriarchal structures that have dominated, oppressed and exploited women through the ages. The works in this exhibition feature artists from Fairfield County, Ridgefield, Westport and Fairfield.

The HMA requires that visitors comply with social distancing rules and must wear protective masks. To see HMA COVID-19 updates and exhibition dates, go to their website, www.HousatonicMuseum.org.


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