Souk El Attarine—Tunis by Frank T. Hutchens, 1926, Courtesy of the City of Canandaigua, NY and the
Ontario County Historical Society

The New Canaan Historical Society presents a new exhibit featuring American artists who traveled, painted and often lived for extended periods in this vast region from Morocco stretching across North Africa, Egypt, The Holy Lands, Persia to India.  In the 19th Century this mostly Islamic world became known as the “Orient,” and the European and American artists who began venturing into this land as early as 1840 were called “Orientalists.”  The show includes paintings and etchings by American artists, including those from the thriving Silvermine artist colony, as well as decorative objects, jewelry, textiles and furniture. This exhibit runs from January 7th — March 31st, 2018. This exhibit will feature the following events:

ORIENTALISM IN AMERICAN ART SPEAKER – ZUHAIR SUIDAN

Zuhair Suidan, management consultant and former president of the New Canaan Men’s Club, will speak at The New Canaan Historical Society on January 28, 2018, at 2 pm. His talk, “Where To? A Perspective on the Arab World, will touch on the history of the Middle East, address recent political developments and implications for the future. Learn more

GALLERY TALK BY ART COLLECTOR TOM DAVIES

Thursday, February 1 from 6-7:15 pm at the Historical Society.  The event is free and open to the public.

THE ART OF BELLY DANCING WITH TAVA

Sunday, February 11 from 2-4:00 PM at the Historical Society.  

A class will be held from 2-3:00 PM at a cost of $10.

A performance by dancer and choreographer Tava follows from 3:15-4:00 PM.  Performance is free and open to the public.    Learn more