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Bruce Museum to honor arts patrons; comedian Jane Condon's one-woman show opens in NYC; Is the book dead?

Bruce Museum Icon Awards in the Arts honorees announced

Greenwich arts patrons Jennifer and David Stockman will be honored for their work by The at the second annual Bruce Museum Icon Awards in the Arts benefit which is scheduled for  April 27.

The Stockmans have been passionate collectors of contemporary art for more than 20 years often lend work to museum exhibitions and enjoy hosting groups of curators and collectors from all over the world. Their homes in Greenwich and Aspen are filled with paintings, sculpture and photography from some of the leading 20th-century masters including William DeKooning, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Prince, Anish Kapoor, Andreas Gursky, Cy Twombly, Cindy Sherman and Ellsworth Kelly as well as young emerging artists from all over the globe.

According to the museum, “Jennifer and David understand how fortunate they are to live with this art, but believe it should be shared with the public whenever possible.”

A political activist and arts supporter, Jennifer has served as President of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation since 2005 and has overseen major changes there including the building of a Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi.

David connects with the couple's collection through his understanding of the importance that art has played in history. David was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1977 and later served under President Ronald Reagan as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. David is a regular guest on CNN, CNBC, Fox, and Bloomberg, as a commentator about the national business and economic environment.

Also selected for the Icon Awards are Patron of the Arts - Susan E. Lynch; artist Jeff Koons; art historian Linda Nochlin; art critic Robert Hughes, and international art dealer Larry Gagosian.

Co-chairs for this year’s event are Susan Mahoney and Michael Grunberg.

Tickets to the benefit, which will be held at a private Greenwich residence, are $300 to $750 per person. Proceeds from the second annual Bruce Museum Icon Awards in the Arts benefit Bruce Museum educational and exhibition programming.

For more information or to receive an invitation, contact Michelle Spinei at (203) 413-6764 or mspinei@brucemuseum.org .

Smile – she’s on Broadway … almost

A big shout-out to Greenwich comedian Janie Condon who opened her Off-Broadway show “ Janie Condon: Raw & Unchained!” last night.

As she describes it, her show is “mostly laughs. It's about comedy and family (my family, and maybe yours).”

Condon, a familiar face in town, regularly performs her shows at in Old Greenwich and the Rye Arts Center in Rye, NY, as was most recently seen at last month’s Greenwich Historical Society’s evening of storytelling.

The show, at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th St. @ 8th Avenue, is every Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m., and every Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. (except Easter Sunday) through May 1.

For tickets, log on to www.telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.


Is the Book Dead?

With the advent of eBooks and eReaders, what exactly is the fate of the printed word? Former Greenwich schools superintendent and senior vice president of Scholastic Inc. Ernie Fleishman will moderate a panel of publishers, editors and authors that will examine the future of the printed book and the impact of technology on reading on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium at .

Is the Book Dead? is a program that is part of the Greenwich Reads Together, a community-wide reading experience which participants have read the novel The Book Thief, organized by the library and the .

Panelists for the program are Margery Mayer, Jason Kaufman, Peter Meyers and Eleanor Lipman.

Mayer, president of the educational technology company Scholastic Education, is an expert in 21st century learning and the development of research-based educational technology programs. 

Kaufman is the executive editor at Doubleday Publishing. He has collaborated with Dan Brown on Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code

Meyers, a technology consultant, co-founded one of the first online multi-media textbook ventures and led a number of projects on transforming print to digital. He has published articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Wired Magazine.

Lipman has published nine books including The Family Man, My Last Grievance and Then She Found Me (adapted into a 2008 film starring Helen Hunt and Bette Midler). A teacher of writing at Smith College, Lipman has won many national awards including the 2001 New England Book Award for a body of work and the Poetry Centers 2007 Paterson Fiction Prize.

For more information, call the Greenwich Arts Council (203) 862-6750. The Greenwich Library is at 101 W. Putnam Ave.

cynthia hahn April 06, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Saw Jane Condon opening night at St Luke's and she was terrific.


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