RMA Featured Speaker, April 16: Robert Wolterstorff, Ph.D “The New Bruce Museum: a World-Class Destination for Art, Culture and Science Education”

The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association is hosting Robert Wolterstorff, Ph.D., the executive director of The Bruce Museum, on April 26th at 11:00am sharp, in person at First Presbyterian Church, 37 Lafayette Place in Greenwich.

The program will also be shown on Webinar: https://bit.ly/30IBj21

The New Bruce Museum just opened on April 2. It has more than doubled the size of the Museum, from 30,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet.

Robert Wolterstorff, the Bruce Museum’s executive director welcomed the media to the auditorium, noting it was the first event to be held in the new space. March 27, 2023 Photo: Leslie Yager

The centerpiece of the New Bruce is the Richter wing, a three-story addition that is integrated with the current structure.

“Today, it’s about a new building, but it’s also about a bigger concept,” said Robert Wolterstorff, the executive director of the museum. “The new Bruce is a completely re-imagined, re-invented Bruce museum.”

The Richter Wing provides community spaces and embeds the Museum in Bruce Park Nature and Community as never before. The new main entrance faces Museum Drive, and the community spaces of the ground floor, entered from the park, are free to visitors. There is onsite dining for the first time, an expanded Lecture Hall, a larger Museum Store, and a Conference Room. Science exhibition and education classrooms will expand to entirely occupy the old museum space.

Over a 27-year career in the arts and museum leadership, Wolterstorff has held curatorial and research positions, most recently at the Bennington Museum in Vermont, and earlier at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Clark Art Institute, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the college’s Chapin Rare Book Library.

Wolterstorff served as a trustee for the New England Museum Association from 2006 to 2015. Wolterstorff earned a master of fine arts and a doctorate in art history from Princeton University. He has a masters in art history from Williams College and a bachelors in biology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday at 11:00am.

For additional information see www.greenwichrma.org or contact them by email at [email protected].

See also:

The Bruce is Back: Two Disciplines Under One Museum Roof, with Expanded Collections, a Café, Auditorium and Classrooms March 31, 2023

Dr. Daniel Ksepka Curator of Science in the Bruce Museum’s shows off the “Penguins Past and Present” exhibit during a media preview event. March 28, 2023 Photo: Leslie Yager