Calendar of Events

Art in Focus: After Raphael, Transfiguration, 19th century – FUAM @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Art in Focus: After Raphael, Transfiguration, 19th century – FUAM @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall | Fairfield | Connecticut | United States

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.

Annual Mittelman Lecture in the Arts at The William Benton @ The William Benton Museum
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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:

5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Talk

RSVP Mittelman Lecture to or call 860-486-4520.

Lecture: Talismans and Tinctures at Bruce Museum @ The Bruce Museum
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science Lecture: Talismans and TincturesScience Lecture: Talismans and Tinctures

Explorer Justin Fornal walks us through his collection of botanical and zoological curios gathered while studying different traditional spiritual groups around the world and breaks down how these different items are utilized for both good and evil purposes.  Fornal will focus on the talismans used in Haitian Vodou, Tanzanian Mwchawi, Cuban Santeria, Hoodoo, Powwow, Apache Medicine, Al Bidr and many others.

Reception at 6:30, talk at 7:00 pm. Registration required: Museum members and students with ID free; nonmembers $10 (includes Museum admission during reception).


American Views, Viewpoints, and Manipulations at YUAG @ Yale University Art Gallery
Nov 3 @ 1:30 pm
Friday, November 3, 2017, 1:30 pm

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.

Open to:
General Public
Frederic Edwin Church, Mt. Ktaadn, 1853. Yale University Art Gallery, Stanley B. Resor, B.A. 1901, Fund
Yankees or Red Sox Gallery Talks with Neil Scherer at The Matt @ The Mattatuck Museum
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join sports lover & guest curator for the exhibit Yankees or Red Sox: America’s Greatest Rivalry for a series of informal chats on the items in collection and more.

Gallery Talk: “Ledger Drawings and the Evolution of Plains Indians Masculinity” – FUAM @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Gallery Talk: "Ledger Drawings and the Evolution of Plains Indians Masculinity" – FUAM @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall | Fairfield | Connecticut | United States

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 IndiansThe 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.

Day of CT Artist Studio Visits – FUAM @ Depart from the Quick Center for the Arts
Nov 9 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Day of CT Artist Studio Visits – FUAM @ Depart from the Quick Center for the Arts | Fairfield | Connecticut | United States

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

Prime Objects: Digital Clay and It’s Modernist Origins at YCBA @ Yale Center for British Art
Nov 10 @ 5:30 pm

Jenni Sorkin (Yale PhD 2010), Associate Professor, History of Art & Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara, will consider the gendered history of American ceramist Adelaide Alsop Robineau’s famed, labor intensive Scarab Vase (1910) as an unlikely precursor—one hundred years later—to digitally printed clay, utilized today by ceramists working in the 2010s.

This program will be live streamed. For more information visit Graduate Student Symposium | Long Shadows: Tradition, Influence, and Persistence in Modern Craft.


“Things of Beauty Growing”: British Studio Pottery
Space is limited. Lecture Hall (This venue is wheelchair accessible)
Open to the General Public
Family Day: Ancient Greek Life – FUAM @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Family Day: Ancient Greek Life – FUAM @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall | Fairfield | Connecticut | United States

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

Imagining Amsterdam in the Dutch Golden Age at YUAG @ Yale University Art Gallery
Nov 15 @ 12:30 pm
Marisa Bass
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

The city of Amsterdam stood at the center of the Dutch Republic and was representative of its political and commercial power, as well as its burgeoning art and culture. In this gallery talk, Marisa Bass, Assistant Professor of Northern European Art, addresses the ways in which Amsterdam was obsessively represented and idealized by the city’s artists, who transformed its vistas and monuments into reflections on the notion of urbanity. Works discussed include loans from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection by Jan van der Heyden, Ludolf Bakhuizen, and Rembrandt van Rijn, which captured the tensions between the city as a cultural epicenter and the world beyond it.

Space is limited. Please meet in the Gallery lobby.

Open to the General Public
Image: Jan van der Heyden, View of the Westerkerk, Amsterdam, ca. 1667–70. Oil on panel. Lent by the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection