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Opening Reception—“Converging to a Center”

wescfalogosquareFrom Randi Plake: 

Photography has evolved dramatically since 1970, when Wesleyan’s Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, Professor of Classical Studies and Environmental Studies Andrew Szegedy-Maszak started collecting. “Converging to a Center” highlights 35 photographs acquired in the last two decades, photographs that reveal the shift from the intimate scale of gelatin-silver prints to immersive large-scale color digital images. The internationalism of photography today is evident in works by Adou, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, George Georgiuo, Richard Misrach, and Abelardo Morell. There will be a conversation in the gallery with Professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Curator Clare Rogan at 5:30pm.

Date: Thursday, March 30th
Time: 5 PM
Place: Davison Art Center

Artful Lunch Series—Sharifa Lookman ’17

A message from Randi Plake in the Office of University Communications:

One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Sharifa Lookman ’17 about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy homemade cookies and conversation following the talk.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 23rd
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Place: Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room, 301 High Street

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

Richard S. Field: “Cutting Remarks II”

From the CFA:

Richard S. Field is Curator Emeritus of Prints and Drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, and was Curator of the Davison Art Center in the 1970s. While at Wesleyan University, the exhibitions he created included those of prints by Armand Seguin, and the prints and paintings of Jasper Johns.

This talk will attempt to describe the intricacies and problems of the cutting techniques used in the 15th and 16th centuries. The snow date for this lecture is Thursday, February 18, 2016.

Date: Wednesday, February 17
Time: 5-6 PM
Place: CFA Hall

Opening Reception: “Passion and Power” Exhibition

Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan UniversiFrom the CFA:

During the fall semester, thirteen students immersed themselves in the Davison Art Center collection and studied its more than 400 German prints created between approximately 1460 and 1600. As part of the Museum Studies course taught by Curator Clare Rogan, the students selected works representing princely power, elaborate ornament, religious and secular passion, and the transmission of the classical past.

Artists represented include Albrecht Dürer, Hans Burgkmair, and the “Little Masters.” There will be a gallery talk by student curators at 5pm. The snow date for the opening reception is Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Date: Thursday, February 4
Time: 5-7 PM
Place: Davison Art Center

“Phantom Bodies—Photographs by Tanya Marcuse” Exhibition

phantom_bodies_eventFrom the CFA:

The exhibition Phantom Bodies features haunting photographs by Tanya Marcuse evoking absent bodies in the U.S., England, Florence, and Vienna.

The exhibition “Phantom Bodies” brings together “Undergarments
and Armor” (2002-2004) and “Wax Bodies” (2006-2008), two
projects in which Tanya Marcuse creates haunting photographs evoking
absent bodies. For “Undergarments and Armor,” Ms. Marcuse traveled
to archives and museums in the United States and England. For “Wax
Bodies,” she photographed the 18th-century Italian anatomical models
in two obscure museum collections, La Specola in Florence and the
Josephinum in Vienna.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Closed: Saturday, October 24 through Tuesday, October 27; and Tuesday, November 24 through Monday, November 30, 2015.

Opening Date: Tuesday, September 29
Closing Date: Sunday, December 13
Place: Davison Art Center

Call for Davison Art Center Student Docents

R. Luke DuBois "A More Perfect Union" 2011

R. Luke DuBois “A More Perfect Union” 2011

From our friends at the Davison Art Center:

Introduce 4th-grade students to the world of the arts!
The Friends of the Davison Art Center (FDAC) are looking for volunteer docents or tour guides for their school tours program this Fall. Docents introduce over 400 Middletown fourth graders to art, music, and architecture through annual tours of Wesleyan arts, including the Zilkha GalleryMansfield Freeman Gallery, and Gamelan orchestra.  Docents will lead tours, assist in creating lesson plans, meet with curators, and stimulate connections and a dialogue about the works of art. Tours run the dates of October 6-8, 13-15, and 21-22 from 9:15am-12:30pm. All docents will be required to attend the training session and commit to one (or more!) shifts. The FDAC 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.

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

Opening Reception—“Create and Curate” Student-Organized Exhibition

An invitation from CFA Staffer Andrew Chatfield:

The Friends of the Davison Art Center coordinate the second student-curated exhibition of work created by current students. Addison McDowell ’16 will serve as curator, guided by Sasha Rudensky, Assistant Professor of Art and Friends of the Davison Art Center board member.

On display through Sunday, December 7, 2014.
Gallery open Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 4pm.
Closed Tuesday, November 25 through Monday, December 1, 2014.

Date: Tuesday, November 18 (TODAY)
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Place: Davison Art Center
Cost: Free!
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“Painting for the People”—Lithography in France in the 19th Century

From CFA Staffer Andrew Chatfield:

Join the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Friends of the Davison Art Center for “Painting for the People,” a short course on French lithographs in the 19th century. Sessions will discuss early lithographs by Théodore Géricault and Eugene Delacroix; political satires and social caricatures by Honoré Daumier; and the exploration of color lithography by Impressionists and Post-Impressionists including Édouard Manet, Pierre Bonnard, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Taught by Curator Clare Rogan, the course will meet at the Davison Art Center to view selected artists’ prints in the collection.

Dates: Wednesday, October 15, 22, and 29, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm

To register, contact:

Amy Bello
(860) 685-3005

Date: Wednesday, October 15th – Wednesday, October 29th
Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Place: Davison Art Center
Cost: $70, To register, contact the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning

Call to Action: American Posters in World War I

EFCF9585-C730-4290-9FC3-4F79284E4849From Virgil Taylor ’15:

Opening reception: Thursday, September 11, 5:00–7:00 pm

Gallery talk by Clare Rogan, DAC Curator, and Rebecca Wilton ’15, at
5:30 pm

Following the declaration of war in Europe in August 1914, each of the rival powers adopted extensive advertising campaigns to recruit soldiers, encourage women factory workers, and raise the money essential for this new, “total” war. Dramatic posters soon covered train stations, city squares, and stores, exhorting passers-by to new levels of patriotism and self-sacrifice.

After the United States entered the war in April 1917, Charles Dana Gibson founded the Division of Pictorial Publicity to organize American illustrators for war posters. Selected from the collection of the Davison Art Center, this exhibition includes more than thirty American World War I posters designed by James Montgomery FlaggHoward Chandler Christy, and others. These posters recruited soldiers, celebrated shipbuilding, called for women war workers, and urged homemakers to prepare alternative foods so wheat could be shipped to the army and allies overseas. With vibrant colors and dramatic strokes, the designers reinforced ideals of masculinity and femininity, as well the integration of immigrants into a unified concept of American identity.

The exhibition was co-curated by Clare Rogan, DAC Curator, and Rebecca Wilton ’15.

Image: John E. Sheridan (American, 1880-1948), Rivets Are Bayonets: Drive Them Home, 1917, lithographic poster. Davison Art Center collection (photo: R. J. Phil).

Date: Thursday, Sept. 11
Time: 5-7 PM
Place: Davison Art Center
Cost: FREE