Each event in our Art in Focus series offers an opportunity for an hour of close looking and informal discussion around a single work of art, led by Curator of Education Michelle DiMarzo.
On October 26, we’ll be looking together at this 19th-century copy of one of the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael’s most famous works, the Transfiguration. Atop Mount Tabor, Christ appears radiant amid a halo of light, flanked by the prophets Moses and Elijah. Below, Raphael depicted a linked scene from the Gospel narrative: the unsuccessful attempt by Christ’s apostles to cure a “possessed” youth. Join us for the opportunity to engage deeply with this work of art in a relaxed atmosphere. Reserve your seat now!
Image: Detail from Anonymous painter, after Raphael, Transfiguration, 19th century. Oil on canvas. 53 3/8″ x 38 7/8″ inches. Gift of Jane Kentor Dean.
Take a late afternoon walk through the autumn landscape of Weir Farm National Historic Site with local scholar and volunteer Bonnie Tremante as she reads excerpts of historic letters written in 1882 to artist Julian Alden Weir from his young fiancée Anna Dwight Baker. These letters foreshadow Anna’s tragic death in 1893 due to complications caused by the birth of Julian and Anna’s third daughter Cora. Anna’s eerie sense of her own fate is reflected in the autumn’s cold, dying landscape, setting sun, and mystical evening atmosphere so chillingly described in Anna’s own words.
Registration is free, but space is limited, so please call early to secure a spot! To register or for more information, please call 203-834-1896 ext. 28.
Bonnie Tremante graduated with a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in Reading and Language Arts from Montclair University, and earned a Humanities and Writing Certificate of Advanced Study from Wesleyan University. She taught for 14 years in the Wilton Public School system in the English Department. Bonnie continues to explore her love of literature and art by volunteering at Weir Farm National Historic Site, where she enjoys transcribing historic letters, staffing the historic studios as a Studio Docent, and presenting special interpretive programs.
The Annual Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in the Arts.
Sculpture artist, Ursula von Rydingsvard is best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from the cedar beams. More about the artist: http://www.ursulavonrydingsvard.net
5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Talk
RSVP Mittelman Lecture to email@example.com or call 860-486-4520.
In the mid-19th century, Thomas Cole’s pupil Frederic Church (1826–1900) was America’s most famous artist. Church’s Mt. Ktaadn from 1853 resulted from a trip deep into the wilds of Maine, which he took after he read Henry David Thoreau’s writings. The views that Church actually saw on his travels differed from what he chose to paint, and this lecture explores how and why he altered the appearance of the actual landscape. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund
In each of the six lectures in this series, John Walsh, B.A. 1961 and Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, selects a well-known American painting in the Gallery’s collection and examines the similarities and differences between the depiction and reality, retracing the artist’s steps to the original vantage point in an attempt to work out just what happened when the painter returned to the studio.
Note: This lecture is the second in the series American Views, Viewpoints, and Manipulations. All lectures are held in the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Lecture Hall. Seating is limited. Doors open one hour prior to each lecture. Free tickets to the lecture are handed out in the lobby beginning one hour prior; ticket holders are guaranteed a seat.
Exhibition: “Things of Beauty Growing”: British Studio Pottery
Bring the family for an afternoon of museum based games and activities. This event is co-sponsored by the School for Young Children and is free and open to the public.
Dr. Peter Bayers, Professor of English, Fairfield University, will present a gallery talk entitled “Ledger Drawings and the Evolution of Plains Indians Masculinity” on Tuesday, November 7, at 5 p.m. in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Picturing History: Ledger Drawings of the Plains Indians. The exhibition and related programs are made possible by generous support from the Donald Ellis Gallery, New York, NY.
Image: Detail from Sheridan Ledger (Kit Fox Society Dance). Southern Cheyenne, ca. 1885. Graphite and colored pencil on lined paper, 5 ¼ x 11 ¾ inches. Private collection, courtesy of Donald Ellis Gallery, New York, NY.
Join us for a full-day excursion to the studios of three contemporary Connecticut artists: Richard Lytle, James Prosek and Rick Shaefer.
Carey Weber, Assistant Director of the Fairfield University Art Museum, will share her experiences working with each of these artists on exhibitions of their work at FUAM, while Michelle DiMarzo, Curator of Education, will facilitate discussions with each artist about their working practice and inspirations.
Van transportation (from/to the parking lot of the Quick Center for the Performing Arts/Walsh Gallery, 200 Barlow Rd., Fairfield) and a boxed lunch will be provided for all attendees. Space is limited to 14, and advanced reservations are required. Please contact Michelle DiMarzo at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us on Saturday, November 11, for Family Day: Ancient Greek Life. Family Day activities include arts & crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10. Session 1 is from 1-2:30 p.m. and session 2 is from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
The Fairfield University Art Museum will be free and open to the public from 12-4 pm so that you may enjoy our collection of paintings and objects.
Please register number of children only.
Space is limited. If you are unable to attend, please unregister online or contact the museum at email@example.com.
Come alone or grab some friends for a relaxing evening at the museum! Visit the museum on Tuesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. to sketch in the gallery inspired by Plains Indian Ledger Drawings or create still lifes in the classroom studio.
Drawing supplies and refreshments will be provided.
Image: Detail from Fort Marion Ledger Page. Cheyenne, ca. 1870. Graphite and colored pencil on lined paper, 8 x 25 inches. Courtesy of Donald Ellis Gallery, New York, NY.