Calendar of Events

Jan
27
Sat
Bruce Museum: World War I Digitization Day @ Bruce Museum
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, January 27, 2018 — 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830
brucemuseum.org  (203) 869-0376

World War I Digitization Day

Snow date: February 10

In conjunction with the exhibition Patriotic Persuasion, the Bruce Museum will host a World War I Digitization Day organized by the Connecticut State Library.

Connecticut residents are invited to bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes from World War I for digitization. The digital images and stories collected at the events will be added to the State Library’s online archive and made freely accessible for public use.

Usually, visitors bringing their photos, letters, etc. will work with a digitization expert for about one hour. For more information, see: http://ctinworldwar1.org/digitization-days/faq/

Digitization contributors and their families will receive free museum admission.

Feb
1
Thu
Opening Reception for The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age – FUAM @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from February 2 – May 19, 2018; an Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, February 1, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

This landmark international loan exhibition brings together artistic masterpieces from the Church of the Gesù never before seen in America and a dazzling group of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, rare books, and decorative arts from American museums and private collections. Together these glorious works tell the fascinating stories of the foundation of the Society of Jesus in Rome and the long road to erect their new church, the Gesù, which houses some of the most iconic masterpieces of Italian Baroque art; the creation a new repertoire of images and subjects to celebrate the order’s new saints Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier; the gifted artists who realized the Jesuits’ vision and ambitions; and the powerful personalities whose wealth and authority made it all possible. The star of this extraordinary presentation is the great Italian baroque sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, whose marble portrait bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino from the Gesù is the highlight of the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized in celebration of Fairfield University’s 75th anniversary and is complemented by a rich array of programs, lectures and special events, all free and open to the public.

Made possible through the collaboration of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College; the Burns Library, Boston College; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Getty Research Institute; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Morgan Library & Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the New York Public Library; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Princeton University Art Museum; the Yale University Art Gallery; and several private collectors.

Generous support for the exhibition, publication and related programs has been provided in part by the Center for Catholic Studies, Fairfield University, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Vanderbilt University, the Dianne Modestini Charitable Trust, Christie’s, New York, and a number of private benefactors.

Image: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, The Adoration of the Lamb (Modello for the Apse Fresco in the Gesù, Rome) (detail), ca. 1680. Copyright The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Feb
8
Thu
Art in Focus: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, The Triumph of the Name of Jesus @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 February 8, we’ll be looking at this large oil sketch by Gaulli for the nave fresco in the church of the Gesù in Rome. This extraordinary object comes to us on loan from the Princeton University Art Museum for the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age (February 2 – May 19, 2018).

Join us for the opportunity to engage deeply with this work of art in a relaxed atmosphere. Reserve your seat now!

Image: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, The Triumph of the Name of Jesus (detail), 1676-79. Oil on paper, laid down on canvas. Princeton University Art Museum, museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund and Laura P. Hall Memorial Fund, 2005-34.

Feb
28
Wed
Lecture: “William Kentridge: Universal Archive” – FUAM @ Quick Center for the Arts, Wien Experimental Theatre
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Judy Hecker, Director of IPCNY (International Print Center New York), will present a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition William Kentridge: Universal Archive on Wednesday, February 28, at 5 p.m. in the Wien Experimental Theatre, Quick Center for the Arts. Prior to joining IPCNY in 2016, Hecker was Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she co-organized MoMA’s presentation of William Kentridge: Five Themes (2010) andcollaborated with Kentridge on an artist’s book/catalogue focused on his printmaking.The opening reception for the exhibition will directly follow this lecture.

Part of the Edwin L. Wiesl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Opening Reception for William Kentridge: Universal Archive – FUAM @ Walsh Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

William Kentridge: Universal Archive will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from March 1 – May 19, 2018; an Opening Reception will take place on Wednesday, February 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The Fairfield University Art Museum will present William Kentridge: Universal Archive, an exhibition of new work by renowned South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955), inspired during the writing of his Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 2012. In this expanding series, a familiar personal iconography is revisited – coffee pots, typewriters, cats, trees, nudes and other imagery – an intimate thematic repertoire that has appeared in art and stage productions throughout the artist’s career. The exhibition features over 75 linocut prints which are meticulously based on ink sketches and are printed on non-archival dictionary and encyclopedia pages from the 1950s. The prints, which shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed images of abstract marks, form juxtapositions that suggest skepticism about the creative process and knowledge construction.

Mar
3
Sat
Family Day: Fun with Printmaking – FUAM @ Quick Center for the Arts, Theater Set Shop
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, March 3, for Family Day: Fun with Printmaking, in conjunction with the exhibition William Kentridge: Universal Archive. Family Day activities include arts & crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10.

Session 1: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Session 2: 2:30 – 4 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: This Family Day program will take place in the Theater Set Shop in the Quick Center on Fairfield University’s campus, so that participants can view the William Kentridge exhibition in the Walsh Gallery!

Please register number of children only.

Space is limited. If you are unable to attend, please unregister online or contact the museum at museum@fairfield.edu.

Mar
8
Thu
Art in Focus: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Bellarmine Hall Galleries
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 March 8, we’ll be looking at Bernini’s bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino, which has never before left the church of the Gesù in Rome! This extraordinary object comes to us on loan from church for the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age (February 2 – May 19, 2018).

Join us for the opportunity to engage deeply with this work of art in a relaxed atmosphere. Reserve your seat now!

Image: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino (detail), 1623-24. Marble. Church of the Gesù, Rome. Photo © Zeno Colantoni.

Apr
6
Fri
Symposium: Art of the Gesù – FUAM @ Barone Campus Center, Oak Room
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fairfield University Art Museum will host a symposium titled Art of the Gesù on April 6, 2018, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center on the campus of Fairfield University.

Symposium Program:

  • “Girolamo Muziano, Scipione Pulzone, and the First Generation of Jesuit Art,” John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Department Head, Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library & Museum
  • “Bernini, the Jesuit Artist?” Franco Mormando, Professor of Italian, Boston College
  • “Bernini’s Monument of Roberto Bellarmino,” Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection, New York
  • “Baciccio, Bernini, Oliva and the Dome Fresco of the Gesù,” Steven Ostrow, Professor, Department of Art History, University of Minnesota
  • “Giovanni Battista Gaulli and the ‘Adoration of the Most Holy Name’: Painting and Piety in Late Baroque Rome,” Christopher M. S. Johns, Norman L. And Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, Vanderbilt University
  • “Joshua and the Jesuits,” Louise Rice, Professor of Art History, New York University
  • “Music and the Jesuit Centenary of 1639,” Frederick Hammond, Professor Emeritus, Bard College
  • Teatro sacro: The Work of Andrea Pozzo in the Gesù and Sant’Ignazio,” Andrew Horn, Teaching Fellow, History of Art, University of Edinburgh

Generous support for the symposium has been provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Presented in conjunction with the exhibitionThe Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age.

Image: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Painted Model for the Apse Fresco of the Gesù, 1690. Photo © Zeno Colantoni

Apr
10
Tue
William Kentridge – Reflections on His Process – FUAM @ Walsh Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Jo Yarrington, Professor of Studio Art, Fairfield University, will present a gallery talk titled William Kentridge – Reflections on His Process on Tuesday, April 10, at 5 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition William Kentridge: Universal Archive

Apr
24
Tue
Lecture Series: Going for Baroque (Fiona Garland) – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The term “Baroque” was first used by critics who saw 17th-century art and architecture as a bizarre offshoot of the Renaissance—a style they considered too flamboyant and ostentatious. Today, however, we clamor to see Caravaggio’s paintings and swoon in front of Bernini’s sculptures. Join Fiona Garland for this three-part lecture series, Going for Baroque: Art in Rome in the Age of Bernini and Caravaggio, where we will dive into the theatricality and sensuality of the Roman Baroque, and explore its religious spirituality and asceticism. Together we will experience the sheer exuberance that makes Baroque art so compelling!

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. April 24, May 1, May 8, 2018