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Bruce Museum presents Marking a Century. Recent and Promised Gifts

Bruce Museum presents Marking a Century. Recent and Promised Gifts to the Bruce Museum, Part II, an exhibition on view November 4, 2012.

Unknown maker, possibly Kashmir or France, Shawl, mid-19th Century. Gift of Jonathan Thompson. Bruce Museum Collection 2011.12.01

Part II of the Marking a Century features several extraordinary textiles and costumes, including a 9½-foot-long bridal veil made of delicate Belgian lace, an elaborately embroidered Art Deco evening coat, and a lovely Kashmir shawl. Proof of the wide variety of our holdings, there also are a group of Native American objects, including baskets and a Navajo weaving, complemented by an early Edward Curtis (1868—1952) sepia photogravure entitled A Stormy Day-Flathead and a group of small West African sculpture.

A large marine artwork of a British warship is by Peter Monamy (1681-1749), the first English-born seascape painter of renown. An fine etching by Childe Hassam, who was active in the Cos Cob art colony, is featured among the works on paper.

There are two rare and important photographs by the woman photographer Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988), famous for her early experimentation with abstraction.

The exhibition also features several notable new prints and photographs by well known Contemporary artists including William Kentridge, Yvonne Jaquette, and E. V. Day.

Finally a section of the show is devoted to works of art that we have acquired with private donations which have now entered the permanent collection and become the collective property of the citizens of Greenwich. These include outstanding works by James Jacques Joseph Tissot, John Frederick Peto, Theodore Robinson, and William Merritt Chase.