Calendar of Events

Nov
21
Thu
Mindfulness & Meditation in the Museum @ Fairfield University Art Museum; Bellarmine Hall
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Meditation is known as the ancient wisdom for modern lifestyles.

Join us for a free guided meditation session in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries, led by nationally advanced master certified meditation and mindfulness teacher, Jackie DeLise. No prior experience or equipment necessary (though we recommend comfortable clothes).

Come early to browse the permanent collections and to enjoy our current special exhibition, “Prints from the Age of Rodin”!

 

 

 

 

Nov
24
Sun
Member Meet and Greet with Artist Zoë Sheehan Saldaña and Curator Glenn Adamson @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Nov 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Be the first to see Saldaña’s exhibition There Must Be Some Way Out of Here and meet the artist and curator Glenn Adamson, senior scholar at the Yale Center for British Art.

Exhibition Opening: Zoë Sheehan Saldaña: There Must Be Some Way Out of Here @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of Zoë Sheehan Saldaña: There Must Be Some Way Out of Here.

The work of Zoë Sheehan Saldaña tends to hide in plain sight. Even her most elaborate undertakings, such as a reverse-engineered “Strike Anywhere” match or a hand-woven terrycloth towel, masquerade as objects you might toss away thoughtlessly, or stick in a drawer and forget. Underneath these acts of artistic camouflage lies a deep well of conviction, a drive to take full responsibility for things. For her exhibition at The Aldrich—the artist’s largest to date—the space will be populated by about fifty of her beguiling handmade artifacts. The exhibition is an extended meditation on self-reliance: the instinct to escape the anxious, sometimes hysterical tenor of contemporary life. Organized by Glenn Adamson.

The public is invited to interact with a “take one, leave one” box made by Saldaña containing objects selected by Exhibitions Director Richard Klein. We welcome participants to bring anything small to exchange at the opening exhibition.

Light refreshments will be served.

Dec
3
Tue
Gallery Talks: Student Presentations @ Fairfield University Art Museum; Bellarmine Hall
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fairfield University’s class “French Art in the 19th century” is offering a unique opportunity for its students. These students will present brief gallery talks on an object of their research over the course of their semester to the public. Join us for this dynamic and fun opportunity to hear these budding museum professionals demonstrate their skills and knowledge. The students will present on Tuesday, December 3rd, from 5 – 7 p.m. in the museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries. This event is presented in conjunction with Prints from the Age of Rodin (October 4 – December 21, 2019).

Prints from the Age of Rodin (October 4- December 21,2019), located in the museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries, features lithographs and etchings by Rodin’s contemporaries, ranging from views of the urban environment of Paris, to portraits of artists, writers, and thinkers, to theater playbills and advertisements. Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as selected items on loan from the Jundt Art Museum of Gonzaga University, the exhibition includes works by Berthe Morisot, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and Félix Vallotton that illuminate the rich cultural atmosphere of Paris during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

 

 

Dec
10
Tue
Drawing Party @ Fairfield University Art Museum; Bellarmine Hall
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come alone or grab some friends for a relaxing evening at the gallery! Visit the museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries on Tuesday, December 10th from 7-9 p.m. to have a chance to draw and sketch with inspiration from Prints from the Age of Rodin and The Jewelry of David Hayes! Drawing supplies and light refreshments will be provided. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition conjunction with Prints from the Age of Rodin and Sculptured Adornment: The Jewelry of David Hayes.

 

 

 

 

 

Dec
12
Thu
Art in Focus: Rodin, Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo @ Quick Center for the Arts; Walsh Gallery
Dec 12 @ 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 Thursday, December 12th at 11 a.m. in the museum’s Walsh Gallery, we’ll be looking at Rodin’s Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo (1890-97 or 1901-2), a work of art from the exhibition RODIN: TRUTH, FORM, LIFE, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections (September 13 – December 21, 2019).

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

 

 

 

 

Mindfulness & Meditation in the Museum @ Fairfield University Art Museum; Bellarmine Hall
Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Meditation is known as the ancient wisdom for modern lifestyles.

Join us for a free guided meditation session in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries, led by nationally advanced master certified meditation and mindfulness teacher, Jackie DeLise. No prior experience or equipment necessary (though we recommend comfortable clothes).

Come early to browse the permanent collections and to enjoy our current special exhibition, “Prints from the Age of Rodin”!

 

 

 

 

Dec
14
Sat
Exhibition Tour: RODIN: TRUTH, FORM, LIFE @ Quick Center for the Arts; Walsh Gallery
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The exhibition tour of RODIN: TRUTH, FORM, LIFE will take place on Saturday, December 14th, at 12:00 p.m. in the museum’s Walsh Gallery with the Curator of Education, Michelle DiMarzo. The exhibition will be available for view from September 13 – December 21, 2019.

By the early 20th century, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was widely regarded as the greatest European sculptor since Michelangelo. Rejecting 19th-century academic traditions that dictated what was “proper” in art, Rodin pursued his own deeply held belief that art should be true to nature. Working in clay, wax, plaster, marble, and bronze with vigorous modeling that emphasized his personal response to his subjects, Rodin explored new ways to express the vitality of the human spirit. He was also one of the first sculptors to embrace the fragment as a complete work of art, capable of conveying the same expressive qualities as a fully-finished figure. With his commitment to the free exploration of form and emotion, Rodin’s work paved the way for the development of 20th century modernist sculpture.

This special exhibition, organized and made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, presents 22 of Rodin’s bronze sculptures, which were modeled between 1860 and 1910. The works on view include preparatory studies for some of Rodin’s most important public commissions, such as The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell, as well as portraits of French authors Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac.

 

 

 

Dec
23
Mon
Gallery Tour: Eva LeWitt & Zoë Sheehan Saldaña @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Free for members or with Museum admission

Aldrich educator Barb Jennes will use literary works (including Tom Sawyer) as tools to explore two exhibitions; Eva LeWitt: Untitled Mesh (A–J) and Zoë Sheehan Saldaña: There Must Be Some Way Out of Here.

 

Dec
27
Fri
Gallery Tour: Eva LeWitt & Zoë Sheehan Saldaña @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Dec 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Free for members or with Museum admission

Aldrich educator Barb Jennes will use literary works (including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain) as tools to explore two exhibitions: Eva LeWitt: Untitled Mesh (A–J) and Zoë Sheehan Saldaña: There Must Be Some Way Out of Here.