Bruce Museum ‘Downsized’ Exhibition Opens

Rosa de Jong (Dutch, b. 1987) MicroMatter, 2018 Cardboard, Florida tree bark, Teneriffe sand, modelling foliage, mandarin peel in a glass tube, 1-1/5 in. diameter x 8-1/4 in. high Courtesy of Rosa de Jong Photo: Courtesy of the artist

A miniatures show has been a biennial Bruce Museum holiday tradition for over 35 years –come take a peek on Saturday, Nov. 3, when “Downsized: Small-Scale Sculpture by Contemporary Artists” opens to the public in the Museum’s Arcade gallery. The exhibition will be on view through Jan. 27, 2019.

Enticing viewers to take a closer look, this exhibition of miniatures, models, and dioramas explores interior and exterior architecture in a range of scales. Some works contemplate the structure and its place in history as a monument to architectural creativity. Others pay homage to the history of an urban environment or to the emotions elicited by places close to our hearts. Yet others depict fanciful, surreal places that could only exist in miniature.

The sculptures encourage observers to suspend their perception of reality and to invent their own narrative. These mixed media sculptures fascinate because of the juxtaposition of size and subject and elicit amazement at the precision of the workmanship.

On Friday, Nov. 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Bruce Museum will host a special Patron Member Opening Celebration of the exhibition for members at the Patron level and above. To become a Museum member or to upgrade your membership level, please contact Membership Manager Laura Freeman at 203-413-6764 or

On Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., the Bruce will host a moderated panel discussion with artists whose work is featured in Downsized, including Amy Bennett, Thomas Doyle, and Frank Poor. A reception begins at 6 p.m.; the discussion takes place at 6:30 and will be followed by a Q&A session. Reservations are required at; Museum members and students with ID free; nonmembers, $15.

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