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James Lettiere, Art Critic: Rauschenberg at MoMA PDF Print Email


By James Lettiere

The Museum of Modern Art
Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends
Through September 17, 2017

Jun. 21, 2017:  Much has been written about the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition at MoMA, Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, and it is well deserved. The depth and breadth of its contents are vivid examples of Rauschenberg's talent and influence among fellow artists and the movement known as Abstract Expressionism. There are examples of paintings and sculpture that are well known and others that are more obscure. 

The main organizational feature of the exhibition is Rauschenberg's predilection for collaboration with other artists. He worked on paintings with Cy TwomblyJasper Johns, and Willem de Kooning.

The most revelatory aspect of the exhibition for me, however, was his efforts on unusual installations such as the Mud Muse and choreography with Trisha Brown featuring music by Laurie Anderson. He contributed set and costume designs for Brown's dance troupe that created an otherworldliness to the dancers as they soared around the stage.

Mud Muse is a large basin containing mud made of bentonite, often used in the process of oil drilling. Pneumatic tubes in the base pump air through the mud creating an effect that is similar to that produced by the hot mud springs in Yellowstone National Park. The sound of the mud bubbling then produces a soundtrack that drives the air tubes.

Each of the works in the exhibition is enjoyable because it demonstrates the benefits of collaboration among practitioners from disparate fields. 

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
NY, NY 10019

10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Open seven days a week
Open until 8:00 pm on Fridays through June 30
Open until 9:00 pm Thursday–Saturday 
starting July 1

Pictured here:  James Lettiere.

Photo courtesy the author

Great Summer Reading Program and LEGO Kickoff Party at the Bronxville Public Library Tuesday, June 27 PDF Print Email



By Erin Schirota, Head of Youth Services, Bronxville Public Library

Jun. 21, 2017: Everything is awesome at the Bronxville Public Library this summer!

Gear up for a night of fun on Tuesday, June 27, at 7:00 pm at the library's LEGO-themed Summer Reading Kickoff Party. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in a range of LEGO activities: Crafts, obstacle course, scavenger hunt, LEGO car racing, beanbag toss, photo booth, raffles, and more!

This summer's "Build a Better World" theme makes use of the universal appeal of creating, repurposing, and building. Through hands-on learning experiences and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, kids will have the opportunity to challenge themselves this summer at the library.

And don't forget to sign up for the 2017 Summer Reading Program. There's something for every age, from babies to adults, with programs, prize drawings, story times, and more.

Register for the "Build a Better World" Summer Reading Program in person at the library or online through the library website. 

All programs are free of charge.

For more information, call the library at 914-337-7680 or visit our website,

Pictured here:  Meghan Allen and son Charlie in the children's reading room at the Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

James Lettiere, Art Critic: The Artistry of Jim and Jane Henson PDF Print Email


By James Lettiere, Art Critic

Greenwich Historical Society
Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play
Through October 8, 2017

Jun. 14, 2017:  I think most baby boomers have an image of Jim Henson that is inextricably linked to Sesame Street. I certainly was in that group until experiencing the delightful exhibition Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play, at the Greenwich Historical Society.

Henson was an early adopter of television as an educational tool. His background in advertising allowed him to see past the debate whether television is a pure entertainment medium or whether it should be employed to make us better individuals.

The exhibition features his first efforts at filmmaking, including stop motion and home movies that both entertained and instructed. I was privileged to be guided through the exhibit by its co-curator and Bronxville resident Karen Falk, who is the archives director of The Jim Henson Company.

Henson was a serious student of the art of puppetry and the creation of puppets. He studied abroad and was inspired by the long history of puppetry. In addition, the exhibition includes a 1963 Kermit the Frog puppet, a large dollhouse that he built for his children with handmade furniture and electric lighting, and a selection of his paintings.

Greenwich Historical Society
Bush-Holley House
Storehouse Gallery
39 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807 

Wednesday through Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm

Pictured here:  The Henson family in Greenwich, CT, 1970. Left to right: Jane, Lisa, Cheryl, Jim, John, Brian. [file name HF_1970_Greenwich_Juliet_Newman]. Now at the Greenwich Historical Society, 

Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company. Photo by Julie Newman.

Bronxville Pops Concert Band to Perform Under the Stars on Wednesdays in July PDF Print Email


By Staff

Jun. 14, 2017:  The Bronxville Pops Concert Band, under the direction of its longtime conductor Al Mingrone, will, once again, hold a series of four band concerts on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 pm in July. This marks the 43rd year the concerts will have been held. 

Concerts will take place on the following successive Wednesday evenings on the lawn in front of Bronxville High School: July 5, July 12, July 19, and July 26. 

As Al Mingrone said, "Spend a delightful evening under the stars. Bring a blanket, bring a chair, bring some wine and cheese. Enjoy an American tradition."

The concerts are free. However, the band accepts donations by check mailed to PO Box 284, Bronxville, NY 10708.

For more information, email  CLOAKING  or call 914-325-1819. 

Pictured here:  Al Mingrone, conductor of The Bronxville Pops Concert Band.

Photo by A. Warner

Anne Finn's Photos of Flowers Showing at Bronxville Library Until End of June PDF Print Email


By Staff

Jun. 14, 2107:  Until the end of June, the Bronxville Public Library will be displaying photographs of flowers taken by artist Anne Finn.

The library's website says:  "The photographs were taken at local garden centers, the New York Botanical Garden, and at private gardens. Her wish is for patrons to both enjoy and gather inspiration for their own plantings this season."

Pictured here:  Daisies by Anne Finn.

Photo courtesy Anne Finn

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