Tag Archives: Art History

Art Talk by Rosalyn Deutsche: “We don’t need another hero”

cfaFrom the Center for the Arts:

Rosalyn Deutsche is an art historian and critic who teaches modern and contemporary art at Barnard College in New York City. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written extensively and lectured internationally on such interdisciplinary topics as art and urbanism, art and the public sphere, art and war, art and psychoanalysis, and feminist theories of subjectivity in representation. Her essays have appeared in Grey Room, October, Artforum, Art in America, and Society and Space, among other journals, in many exhibition catalogues and anthologies, and in numerous translations. Ms. Deutsche is the author of “Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics” and “Hiroshima After Iraq: Three Studies on Art and War.”

This talk is presented in conjuction with the exhibition “here is new york: a democracy of photographs,” featured in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through October 9, 2016. Co-sponsored by the Samuel Silipo ’85 Distinguished Visitor’s Fund and the Department of Art and Art History.

Date: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 5:30-7PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall), 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown

Artful Lunch Series: Peter Mark

From the CFA:

One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentations by Professor of Art History Peter Mark about his favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy conversation following the talk.

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 12:10-12:30 PM
Place: Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room

The Surveyor Angel: Writing and Images in the Cloister of the Abbey of Moissac

From Ali Rosenberg ‘15:

Come join the Department of Art and Art History and the Medieval Studies Program for a lecture entitled “The Surveyor Angel: Writing and Images in the Cloister of the Abbey of Moissac,” presented by Vincent Debiais (Center for Advanced Studies on Medieval Civilization, University of Poitiers, and the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton). This is a part of the Silipo Art & Art History Lecture Series. All are welcome!

Date: Thursday, April 2
Time: 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112

The Long Way ‘Home’: Art, Change, and Imagination


Annie Choi ’15 writes in:

Come hear Sundus Abdul Hadi speak! Event will be followed by a Q&A and a reception.

Sundus Abdul Hadi is an Iraqi-Canadian multimedia artist. She was born
in the UAE, raised and educated in Montreal, where she earned a BFA in
Studio Arts and Art History and a graduate diploma in Communication
Studies. Her work is a subversive and sensitive documentation of
current crises in the Middle East, often using manipulated
photographic imagery, mixed-media painting, artist books and sound.
Abdul Hadi is the co-founder of The Medium, a global multidisciplinary
artist collective.

Her work has been exhibited in Palestine, UAE, Canada, USA, France, UK
and Saudi Arabia. She has given workshops in Australia, Iraq and
Kuwait, and has been a speaker at Nuqat, the Arab Development
Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and at multiple universities
in Canada and the US. Abdul Hadi is a two time recipient of the
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ) Vivacité grant
(2008, 2013).

Alongside her studio practice, Abdul Hadi also curates exhibitions,
and hosts “Al Ruwad: The Groundbreakers”, a radio show about art and
culture on CKUT 90.3 fm in Montréal.

Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 4:15-5:30 PM
Place: Department of Romance Languages (300 High St.)

Call for Davidson Art Center Docents

IMAGE: Tula Telfair, “Civilization Could Not Do Without It,” 2014, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 inches.

The Davison Art Center is looking for volunteer docents for their school tours program. Every fall, docents introduce Middletown fourth graders to exhibitions on campus galleries (The DACZilkha Gallery and Mansfield Freemen Center) and a workshop on the Javanese Gamelan.  It’s a great opportunity to build professional skills by leading tours, performing exhibition research, creating lesson plans and meeting the curators. The DAC has a history of over 40 years of engaging with Middletown’s students and we couldn’t do it without the tremendous support of our volunteers!

Tours runs the dates of October 7-9, 14-16, and 22-23 from 9:15am-12:30pm.  All docents will be required to commit to one (or more) shifts.

Contact Info: Rosemary Lennox, rosemary.lennox.wesleyan[at]gmail[dot]com

MPhil Symposium, “Joseph Stella: Artist Interrupted”


Join us for a special presentation by 2014 MPhil candidate Richard Friswell. Friswell will discuss his thesis, American Futurist Painter, Joseph Stella, and the Decade 1913-1923: “An Artist Interrupted.” 

Italian-American Futurist painter, Joseph Stella (1887-1946), gained fame for his abstract depictions of Coney Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and the City of New York, among other early works. In the long trajectory of his career, he interacted with the giants of modern art, participated in the famous Armory Show of 1913, and the avant-garde cultural movement of pre-war New York. He remained torn between his attraction for the symbols of the modern city and a persistent longing for his native Italy. The period, 1913-1923 was the apogee of his career, after which he turned artistically to a profound exploration of his cultural roots and primal mysticism found in nature and faith. A great artist, Stella’s personal vision of the world would sadly and undeservedly marginalize him in the annals of 20th century art history.

Date: Tuesday, May 6
Time: 5:15 PM
Place: Usdan 108 (45 Wyllys Avenue)

Squash Courts Livestream, Yeah!

Creeeeeeeeeeeepy! But it's alright, right?Are you excited for the new squash court building renovation? (does the building have a name yet? geez!)  The Career Center, one of the future tenants of the building, sure is.  Today’s Facebook update at 2:16PM:

moving, moving, moving was the talk of our staff meeting this morning…getting excited for our new space!!

That’s not all though, there’s a link…to a livestream video feed of the building that appears to be from a camera on the roof of Usdan.  Check it out if you’re curious and want to see what the construction workers are up to.

Art History Open House for Prospective Majors

Come to the Davison Art Center Dining Room to learn more about being an Art History major! Mughal Indian art need not be just a hobby—it can be a way of life. Art history professors and major students will be there to answer your questions.

There will be cheese, crackers, and fruit for you to snack on.

Date:   Nov. 14
Time:   Noon – 1:00 PM
Place:  Davison Art Center Dining Room
Cost:   $0