Water damage postpones Housatonic Museum of Art exhibit

August 23, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — The opening of a planned exhibit at Housatonic Museum of Art has been postponed because of water damage, according to an announcement on Thursday.

The museum, at 900 Lafayette Blvd., postponed Joseph Fucigna’s “Drip-Drop, Tick-Tock” exhibit after the Burt Chernov Gallery in the museum suffered water damage overnight.

The sprinkler system activated overnight, causing water damage to the walls and floors, after a computer in the lab on the floor above the gallery overheated.

The collection in the museum didn’t see any damage from the sprinklers, the museum said. But the museum will be temporarily closed for maintenance starting Thursday.

Fucigna’s exhibit has been rescheduled to be on display in two years, from Sept. 3, to Oct. 23, 2020. The opening of the exhibit will be on Sept. 3, 2020.

A planned exhibit called “Lost Man Blues” will also be postponed to now open on Nov. 5, 2020 and stay on display through Dec. 18, 2020.

The museum is expected to move forward with the planned opening of the re-installation of its permanent collection. The “Object Lessons” exhibition will have ten thematic displays, including African art, Native American art and Latin American art. It will also feature political art and a new photography installation.

An opening reception for the “Object Lessons” exhibit will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Housatonic Community College Lafayette Hall atrium, next to the museum’s galleries.

Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org for more information about the museum.

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