Aug 1, 2012
12:34 PMDiscover Connecticut
Olympic Back Story
If you're like most Americans, you've probably already watched some of the Olympic games, or you're going to, as soon as the competition starts in your favorite sport. (Psst ... curling is in the winter games!) With such drama, pageantry and athletic skill on display, it's hard not to check it out at some point.
In conjunction with this year's games, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich is offering a timely history of ancient and modern Olympiads in The Olympic Games: Art, Culture & Sport through Sept. 2. The exhibit looks at the Olympic sports that have endured through the ages and a portrayal of competitors and spectators through art (“The Sprinter,” bronze, by R. Tait McKenzie, left), memorabilia, videos and interactive stations.
From the museum's website:
Just in time for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, this exhibition compares the ancient and modern Olympiads through objects, art, science and technology and follows the sports that have endured since antiquity – footraces, wrestling, boxing, and the ancient pentathlon events of long jump, javelin, discus, sprints, and wrestling.
Spanning the breadth of Olympic history, the show investigates the subplots of the games from the celebration of the competitors to the role of the spectators.
A custom-built six-foot mini-diorama recreating one of the earliest Greek stadiums sports more than 1,200 miniature participants.
You won't win a medal for going, but you may feel like a champ by the time you leave.
For more info, call 203/869-0376 or visit brucemuseum.org.