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Two Greenwich museums to be featured in PBS show ‘Museum Access’ for American Impressionist painting collections

CT Insider | Jayden Nguyen | May 30, 2024

The Bruce Museum and the Greenwich Historical Society’s Bush-Holley House will be featured in an episode of the PBS show “Museum Access” in June.

“Museum Access” gives viewers an inside glimpse into museums throughout the nation. Greenwich resident and “Museum Access” host and executive producer Leslie Mueller chats with museum directors, curators and artists to educate viewers and give them a behind the scenes look at museums, according to the “Museum Access” website. The show first aired in 2018 and is on its sixth season.

The Bruce Museum and the Bush-Holley House will be featured in a “Museum Access” episode on American Impressionist paintings, including art from collections at both museums created by artists from the Cos Cob Art Colony, according to a news release from the Greenwich Historical Society.

Muller will take viewers on a tour through galleries at each of the Greenwich museums. Paintings from Cos Cob Art Colony members Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman and Elmer MacRae will be featured in the episode, along with other artwork, according to the Greenwich Historical Society’s news release.

An oil painting by Elmer Livingston MacRae titled “October” from Cos Cob in 1910, now on display at the Greenwich Historical Society’s Bush-Holley House.

“Greenwich residents are so fortunate to have two stellar art museums that showcase several world-class paintings by Impressionist artists who spent time painting and teaching art in Cos Cob during the 19th century at the site of Bush-Holley House,” Mueller said in a news release. “As a Greenwich resident, I am especially excited to bring these marvelous paintings and the story behind the Cos Cob Art Colony, where American Impressionism started, to our worldwide audience.”

The episode, “American Impressionists,” featuring the Bruce Museum and the Greenwich Historical Society Bush-Holley House will begin airing nationwide on PBS stations nationwide in June. Check local listings for times.

After it airs, the episode will also be available to stream on Amazon Video, Tubi and Pluto TV.