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JANUARY 2021-PART 1
IN THIS ISSUE
We welcome 2021 with new exhibits, virtual & socially-distance events, and workshop opportunities to tap into your creative energy this year.
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Happy New Year From Bridgeport Art Trail

JANUARY EVENTS CALENDAR 

"sometimes i don't feel like im really here" Claude Desir Jr, Solo Exhibit at City Lights

January 15 - February 24
 

Registration for admission is required, as well as social distancing and facemasks.
Click here to register
In paintings, drawing and clothing designs for his brand vii, Claude Desir Jr. reappropriates derogatory stereotypes that for centuries have characterized Black people in the Americas and Europe. His form is a precise articulation of composition, symbolism, shape, color, line, and content, inspired by black artists of the 70s and 80s, Kerry James Marshall and Michael Ray Charles, who reclaim the black face caricature found in popular culture and Antebellum Black Americana.

Coming from a commercial clothing design background, Claude refers to it as “rebranding”. Claude Desir Jr. distills and manipulates elements of the visual and cultural tropes that have created the societal biases people with African features have contended with for centuries. 
He uses the Warner Bros, Walt Disney cartoon palette, emphasizing the garish irony, to denote the commonly accepted use of these stereotypes, like in cartoons. Cheery, bold colors set a tone of sarcasm and confidence. With a seemingly mechanical line quality, his precisely executed abstracted portraits and shapes, combined with the reappropriation of select imagery, create an intensely sardonic mood of absurdity, where racial iconography and stereotypes are repurposed, reclaimed, and recomposed, mirroring the social dissonance and centuries of prejudice.
To contextualize the art of Claude Desir Jr watch this video about the history and impact of Black Americana and Jim Crow imagery.
Read more about the art of Claude Desir Jr.
Benefit for The Bijou Theatre
Live Stream Concert
January 22, 2021
The doors of the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport have been closed since Connecticut’s first pandemic shutdown in March and with almost no revenue since, the theater is launching a series of concerts in hopes they will someday reopen.

Read The Hartford Courant Article
IMMERSIVE 360° VR EXPERIENCE
Terrapin, a Grateful Dead Experience, is presenting its Virtual Reality concert to benefit the Bijou Theatre. Streamed in both HD and 360°, this show is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

Terrapin is “deadicated” to capturing the music and the excitement of a Grateful Dead concert with a danceable groove and high energy enthusiasm.

​Terrapin is a Grateful Dead experience. They have performed over 200 concerts, offering an authentic mix of Dead tunes which will appeal to the most ardent Deadhead as well as the newly acquainted listener. The band consists of players who have loved and performed this music for decades. 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL THRU JAN 18
Get a Friend, Supporter, or Patron ticket by January 18th and Musae will send you a VR headset for free!
More Information
Rick Reyes plays the Shakespeare Market
Sunday January 17, from 10am-1pm.
City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail is thrilled to support the Shakespeare Market, by sponsoring free busker-style live music for the inaugural market event on the American Shakespeare Theatre park grounds, 1850 Elm St Stratford, CT 06615. Enjoy a mix of Folk-Rock standards, and Latin-rock originals
Food, Arts, Crafts and Family Fun!
Craft and food vendors with activities supported by community organization partners will be all be present and accounted for at the first Shakespeare Market!
Get outside! Visit one of Stratford's hidden gems! Check out the vendors! Take a brisk walk and see the beautiful Housatonic River. Learn about Stratford's history at Mac's Harbor. Wander down to Bond's Dock.

Don't let COVID keep you inside all winter. "Mask Up, Come on Down, and Socially Distance with Us!" on the first and third Sundays from January 17 through April 18
Visit The Shakespeare Market Website
Virtual Play Reading 
Taming The Lion

January 15, 2021
Event Time: 7 p.m. EST
The Actor's Gym presents a virtual reading of:TAMING THE LION

Written by Jack Rushen.
Directed by Lynne Colatrella

Live on Zoom. 
Register Here
The Nutcracker-A Benefit Performance
Presented by Dance Factory Ridgefield and Savatara Corporation
Livestreaming from The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, CT

Saturday, January 16, 2021
6:30pm EST

Now more than ever, Small Businesses and the Arts need your support. Please consider purchasing additional tickets to support the Susan Vallo Memorial Dance Scholarship Program which provides tuition assistance and scholarships for dancers experiencing financial hardship in our community.

Thank you for your generosity and support! More Information
In Accordion Time, Unfolding
Ursa Gallery
On View till Feb 06, 2021
Gallery Hours: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Virtual Artist Talk 
Wednesday January 27, 7pm
Zoom
Meeting ID: 974 4462 3482
Passcode: 238332

​IRL Artist Gathering Saturday
January 30, 12 - 6pm
Social distancing measures will be enforced. Masks required.
Ursa Gallery is pleased to present “In Accordion Time, Unfolding,” a show conceived by the London Calling Collective: Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Fabricant, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Katherine Jackson, Patricia Miranda, Josette Urso, and Jo Yarrington.
Featuring mail art in the form of poetic accordion-fold books as well as diverse digital dialogues, the show will reflect the bonds between these artists as individuals and as a group as they reimagine community for life during and after a pandemic.  More Information

ONLINE ARTS WORKSHOPS 2021
Arts Alliance of Stratford

View the Full Schedule Here

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL NEWS

On View at Silvermine Gallery until Jan 16, 2021 Rick Shaefer's The New Colossus
Learn More

Watch Bridgeport Art Trail interview with Rick Shaefer, talking about his newest work.

Adger Cowans of Bridgeport’s Read’s ArtSpace, exhibits at the Whitney Museum
and Virginia Museum of Fine Art with the Kamoinge Workshop, established in 1963.

Working Together is an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the formative years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of Black photographers established in New York City in 1963.
More Information
Read Our Special Feature
View the Video

Bridgeport's US Postal Service and other essential workers publicly thanked.

Bidgeport artists thank essential workers. This is a collaboration between City Lights Gallery/Bridgeport Art Trail and InfoBridgeport. The Bridgeport CT Postal Service was featured on News 12. Photographs by Dariusz Kanarek, Thank you to the Gary Peterson of Bijou Theatre CT, for showcasing the art and posters, Thank you to artist Dan Makara for the "We Will Make It" artwork.
Bridgeport mail carrier gets first-class nod of appreciation (news12.com)
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