Later this month at the Bruce Museum, “ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection” will feature more than forty paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs by twenty-eight artists, including Red Grooms, Walker Evans, Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg that spotlight tools. By emphasizing the purity of their design or highlighting their obsolescence in a digital age, the show reminds us that tools embody optimism and the quest to improve quality of life.
Sept. 22–Jan. 6, 2019
1 Museum Dr., Greenwich; brucemuseum.org
The Stamford Art Association will host its nationally recognized “Faber Birren Color Show” at the Townhouse Gallery. In its thirty-eighth year, this annual competition is the only one of its kind devoted exclusively to the expression of color. It will open with a reception and feature winners and noteworthy pieces selected from works submitted from all over the country. Juror Lindsay Ganter, administrator in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, will curate.
Sept. 23–Oct. 25
39 Franklin St.; stamfordartassociation.org
“False Flag: The Space Between Paranoia and Reason” is a group show at Franklin Street Works that will investigate the continuum of paranoia as subject matter, philosophy and psychological state through video, sculpture, paintings and photographs. Artists include Darja Bajagic, James Benning, Theodore Darst, Violet Dennison, Mark Flood, Juliana Huxtable, Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge, Daniel Keller, Tim Trantenroth and Melvin Way.
Sept. 22–Jan. 6, 2019
41 Franklin St.; franklinstreetworks.org
The Glass House will present newly commissioned, sound-based collages and drawings by Jennie C. Jones, who creates visual and sonic abstractions that mine histories of American Modernism, avant-garde music and their cultural, social and political shifts.
Sept. 1–Nov. 30
199 Elm St., New Canaan; theglasshouse.org
FUN AT 40
Be a part of the Loft Artists Association’s fortieth birthday at the Stamford Museum’s Bendel Gallery with the opening of “Loft Artists at 40.” The retrospective will include a timeline of the collective’s history and feature works from current and past members.
Sept. 20–Oct. 27
39 Scofieldtown Rd.; loftartists.org
“Infrastructure of Silence,” opening at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, is a collection by sculptor Shelby Head that confronts the interconnections between slavery, race, poverty, wealth and segregation in the United States. As a citizen and an artist with shameful ancestral roots in the institutions of slavery, Head believes she has a shared responsibility to help confront the divisive and persistent effects of institutionalized racism on all Americans.
Oct. 13–Nov. 13
96 Bedford St.; alvarezgallery.com
Photographs courtesy of artists and galleries.