April 22 – August 30, 2015
In celebration of the town’s 375th anniversary, Greenwich Voices has been designed as an audio time capsule of life in Greenwich in 2015. Over the course of four months, guest curators Karina Aguilera Skvirsky and Liselot van der Heijden ranged throughout town to record the voices of residents who, in response to questions about life in Greenwich, discussed what the town represents to them and what it’s like to live here. Through their varied observations, these myriad anonymous voices capture a rich portrait of the community that is unexpected, personal and resonates with larger social issues. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to pick up a receiver and listen to the recordings that create a multi-layered portrait of Greenwich and its denizens.
Quotes taken from past publications along with images drawn from the Greenwich Historical Society’s collections will complement contemporary voices throughout the exhibition space. A recording space will also be available to the public for those who wish to respond to some of the questions on May 9, June 13, July 11 and August 8, 2015.
All recordings (including those not used in the exhibition) will be saved in the Greenwich Historical Society Library and Archives, and the project will serve as a unique gift to future residents when the town celebrates its 400th birthday in 2040!
Guest Curators Liselot van der Heijden and Karina Aguilera Skvirsky
Curated by Karen Frederick
This exhibition was generously supported by a gift from Russ and Debbie Reynolds.
Curator Karen Frederick will host two informal sessions where she discusses how the exhibition was conceived and developed and will talk about the future significance of the recordings as part of our collection. Guests will have an opportunity to discuss their own responses to questions that were posed and to share their reactions to the show.
Coffee with the Curator
Thursday, July 9, 2015
10:30 to 11:30 am
Conversations with the Curator Reception
Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Doors open at 5:30 pm; program begins at 6:00 pm
Wine and cheese will be served.
Admission is free but reservations are encouraged. Reserve by email or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.
September 20, 2015 – February 28, 2016
Fifty objects that represent defining moments in Greenwich history will be selected from the museum and archive collections. Teens will be asked to respond to these objects, and their responses will be placed below the standard label information. iPods displaying images of the object will also be placed on each wall so that visitors may add their personal responses to create “ongoing” labels.
Co-curated by Karen Frederick, Christopher Shields and Anna Greco
The Bush-Holley House is currently open to the public through guided tours. The house museum has a dual interpretation including documentation and presentation of two significant periods in the history of the house: the Colonial Period when the Bush family was in residence from 1790 to 1825 and the Cos Cob art colony from 1890 to 1920. Eight evocative, well-documented rooms tell a story of change over time, beginning with the turn of the century and moving backward in time to the Federal era.
Bush-Holley Historic Site is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a partnership of 15 world-class museums and historic sites across the state. Discover collections rich in history and heritage, including European masterpieces, American Impressionism, ancient art and contemporary culture. Visit www.arttrail.org for information about member museums.