Calendar of Events

Jan
25
Thu
Art Talk: Robert Rauschenberg – Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Eckert Fine Art gallery owner Jane Eckert will deliver a talk on Robert Rauschenberg and share stories of her friendship with the artist during their years as neighbors on Captiva Island. The talk will be held in the gallery displaying the recently acquired Ruminations suite. Tea and scones will be served.

Presented in conjunction with Ruminations: Robert Rauschenberg. Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) is an American Modern Master and is celebrated as a forerunner of the Pop Art movement. Rauschenberg was engaged with the print medium since the early 1960s, and with Jasper Johns, is identified as starting the contemporary print renaissance. Rauschenberg’s work incorporates found objects with expressionist painting, a reflection of his philosophy that art and life should meld. There was no object or material beyond consideration for artmaking, as demonstrated in his iconic works such as Bed (1955) and Monogram (1958), in which he used old bed coverings and a stuffed goat, respectively. In this group of intaglio etchings, Ruminations, Rauschenberg used found photographs and other images from popular culture. This series is autobiographical, but because Rauschenberg was such an important figure in the art world from the 1950s onward, his biography also reflects the important figures and events of that world. One scene features Rauschenberg’s gallerist, Leo Castelli, the New York art dealer who played an extraordinary role in shaping contemporary American art and fostering international acceptance of painters like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella. Other prints include images of important figures and events such as Cy Twombly, Ileana Sonnebend and Tanya Grossman. On view through January 28, 2018.

Feb
1
Thu
Lecture: Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age – FUAM @ Fairfield University, Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dr. Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor and Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, Queen’s University, Ontario, will present a lecture titled Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age on Thursday, February 1, at 5:00 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. The lecture will be immediately followed by the opening reception for the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age in Bellarmine Hall (exhibition runs February 2 – May 19, 2018).

Image: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, The Triumph of the Name of Jesus (detail), 1676-79. Princeton University Art Museum / Art Resource, NY

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.

Mar
6
Tue
Inside the 17th-century Gesù: Jesuit History, Saints, Theology, and Science – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dr. Evonne Levy, Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art, University of Toronto, will present a lecture titled Inside the 17th-century Gesù: Jesuit History, Saints, Theology, and Science on Tuesday, March 7, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in the Diffley Board Room in Bellarmine Hall.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age.

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

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.

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
5
Thu
Lecture: The Jesuits and the Arts – FUAM @ Dolan School of Business, Dining Room
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

John O’Malley, S.J., University Professor, Department of Theology, Georgetown University, will present a keynote address, The Jesuits and the Arts: How and Why It Happened, on April 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room for the symposium Art of the Gesù.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age and related symposium.

Image: Detail from the façade of the church of the Gesù, Rome.

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
19
Thu
Art in Focus: Chasuble of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Bellarmine Hall Galleries
Apr 19 @ 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 April 19, we’ll be looking at the exquisite embroidered chasuble, or liturgical vestment, belonging to Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, patron of the church of the Gesù in Rome. This extraordinary object comes to us on loan from the 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: Chasuble of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (detail), ca. 1575-1589. Silk embroidered with gold, silver and silk threads. Church of the Gesù, Rome (museum). Photo © Zeno Colantoni.

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