Named for one the artist’s favorite Emily Dickinson poems, the exhibition “She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms”: Paintings and Prints by Emily Mason showcases the vibrant work of Emily Mason (1932-2019). Characterized by brilliant hues laid down in thin layers of varying transparency, often superimposed in surprising color combinations, Mason’s work is the result of a rare alliance between spontaneity and premeditation.
On view in the Bruce Museum’s recently renovated main art gallery, this major new art exhibition highlights Mason’s earliest experiments in oil on paper and in printmaking from two decades of intense innovation in her career: paintings from 1958 to 1968 and prints from 1985 to 1996.
Born into a family with an artistic legacy that stretched back to early American history painter John Trumbull (1756-1843) and included her mother, the noted abstract painter Alice Trumbull Mason (1904-1971), Emily Mason carved out a nuanced artistic path of her own.
"She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms": Paintings and Prints by Emily Mason focuses on two intensely experimental bodies of work, both of which capture Mason mastering a new medium. Mason’s early paintings in oil on paper and early prints illuminate a lifetime devoted to creative spontaneity, and richly demonstrate the subtle, complex, and beautiful aesthetic that was distinctly Mason’s own.
The exhibition is organized by Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director, Kenneth E. Silver, Adjunct Curator of Art, and 2020-2021 Bruce Museum Resident Fellow H.S. Miller. The exhibition will be accompanied by a virtual lecture series and other special events.
The Bruce Museum is hosting a Member Appreciation Weekend, November 20-November 22, with a members-only preview of the new exhibition on Friday and Saturday, November 20-21. To make a reservation for time-ticketed admission to this limited-capacity preview, or to join as a member, visit brucemuseum.org or call (203) 869-0376, ext. 311. Members can also enjoy a Double Discount (20%) in the Museum Store during Member Appreciation Weekend (the new official Greenwich Monopoly game not included).
“She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms”: Paintings and Prints by Emily Mason is supported by a Committee of Honor Chaired by Lily Downing and David Yudain, Mr. and Mrs. William Fitzgerald, Ellen Flanagan, Felicity Kostakis, Gale and Bob Lawrence, Cricket and Jim Lockhart, and Nicole Reynolds. The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from Rockefeller Capital Management, Greenwich, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.