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Museum Passes: Exhibitions

New-York Historical Society

Eloise at the Museum

June 30, 2017 - October 09, 2017

‚ÄčThe New-York Historical Society celebrates the feisty charm and audacious spirit of Eloise, who continues to be a picture book superstar more than 60 years after her debut. Eloise at the Museum reveals the creative collaboration between cabaret star Kay Thompson (1909–1998) and the young illustrator Hilary Knight (b. 1926) that brought the precocious character to life. Learn more...

Florence Griswold Museum


June 3, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Inspired by the Museum’s extensive collection of Willard Metcalf’s work, including his rare and intact collection of bird eggs, moths, and butterflies, the project will contribute new scholarship on the little explored relationship between Impressionism and natural history. The exhibition will also highlight the undervalued contribution of women to the genre, showcasing the Florence Griswold Museum’s rich collection of Fidelia Bridges’ work with a rarely seen portfolio of her sketches and studies of nature. Works on view will be drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection and also include loans. Learn more...

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum










William Powhida: After the Contemporary

March 5, 2017 - September 4, 2017

For more than a decade Powhida’s work has provided a satirical, political, and sometimes despairing window into his own experience of New York’s contemporary art market. Beneath it all, he has also been tracing the outline of another, more ambitious project as he tries to answer—for himself, his peers, and the world in general—what is the strange, slippery, sometimes contradictory and farcical thing we call “Contemporary Art.” Is Contemporary Art a specific period of art history, like Modern Art? If so, what are its characteristics? Will we know when it’s over? And more importantly, what does Contemporary Art suggest about the future of society? Learn more...

Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library

Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf

April 28, 2017 - October 21, 2017

In 1817, the American School for the Deaf (ASD) established the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States. It created a new standardized language—American Sign Language—resulting in a deaf community and culture that continues to advance equality. As ASD celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Connecticut Historical Society is partnering with the school to present an exhibition that explores the school’s rich history and legacy. The exhibition will feature original objects and manuscripts from the school’s early years, as well as photographs and video interviews that illustrate the school’s impact on current students and alumni. Learn more...

New Britain Museum of American Art

California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha

June 23, 2017–October 15, 2017

In the post-war Los Angeles of the early 1950s, where the movie industry dominated the cultural landscape like a colossus, sucking up all the oxygen, a stirring began in the visual arts that was to define a uniquely original, and uniquely American contribution to the painting and sculpture of the past 65 years. If there was a moment that marked the beginning, it might have been the exhibition of the Parisian Avant-Garde which was presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art eight years before LACMA even became a singular entity, when it was still part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art. The collision of forces—when the echoes of influences from Europe (Cubism), New York and San Francisco (Abstract Expressionism) collided with the sun drenched, laid back, fetishistic Southern California car and surfer culture, and bohemian drug scene—produced an explosion of creativity that became known as the LA Cool School. Learn more...

The Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes

May 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017

Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak. Learn more...

Books for Adults