Join Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM) as it celebrates Women’s History Month with a variety of cultural programs. This year’s theme, ‘Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,’presents the museum with an opportunity to focus on the many ways women–both past and present–have helped create the intricate and fascinating fabric of our national identity.
WINTER CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES: SIREN Baroque
Sunday, March 15, 4:30 p.m.
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum concludes its Winter Chamber Music series with SIREN Baroque, an all-female ensemble performing Siren Songs—works by all-female 17th- and 18th century composers.Presenting passionate, historically informed throughout the States and overseas, the women of SIREN Baroque are committed to infusing spirited historical accuracy with a tinge of modern dynamism. Enjoy a unique, one-hour, intermission-free afternoon performance of outstanding music in the museum’s high-style Greek Revival double parlors. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online in advance atwww.bpmm.org or at the door. Registration is requested by calling 718-885-1461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accomplished Women: Schoolgirl Art from Female Academies in the Early Nineteenth Century
March 1st through June 21st, 2015
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum’s spring exhibition Accomplished Women: Schoolgirl Art from Female Academies in the Early Nineteenth Century features a unique selection of early 19th-century American schoolgirl embroideries and watercolors from the collection of William and Sally Gemmill. The exhibitionoffers a special opportunity for the public to see beautiful and rare works from a major private collection. Twelve pieces in total are included in the exhibition, among them a mourning embroidery by Abigail Walker—part of Bartow-Pell’s permanent collection—which will be viewed in a rich new context in the spring show.Accomplished Women: Schoolgirl Art from Female Academies in the Early Nineteenth Century will be on view from March 1 to June 21, 2015, and is free with museum admission. The museum is open to the public Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.
POP-UP EXHIBIT: The Muses Love the Morning: Caroline May—Poet, Artist, Pelham Priory
The museum continues its focus on women with a pop-up exhibit on English-born author, editor, teacher, and painter Caroline May. Miss May (ca. 1820–1895) came to America as a young teenager when her father, who was a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church, took a position with a congregation in New York City. She never married and later lived in Pelham, New York, where she was closely connected to the Bolton family of the Pelham Priory (now known as the Bolton Priory). The pop-up exhibit includes a number of Miss May’s literary and visual works including original manuscripts of her poetry as well as Pelham Priory an oil on canvas she painted ca. 1860.
ABOUT THE BARTOW-PELL MANSION MUSEUM
A New York City Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM) is owned by the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. It is operated by the private, non-profit Bartow-Pell Conservancy. The Bartow-Pell Conservancy, originally known as the International Garden Club, was formed in 1914 by a group passionate about horticulture. That year, New York City gave them permission to use the Bartow family mansion on Pelham Bay in the Bronx, as their headquarters in exchange for restoring it, creating public gardens and programs, and preserving it for generations to come. The International Garden Club officially changed its name to the Bartow-Pell Conservancy in 2008 as well its membership model to that of a typical cultural organization.BPMM is located at 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York. The mansion and carriage house are open to the public for guided tours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The gardens and grounds are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to dusk. For more information about Bartow-Pell, visit www.bpmm.org.