Calendar of Events

Jan
21
Thu
Virtual Opening Night Lecture: Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks @ Fairfield University Art Museum
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, January 21st, at 6 p.m. for the opening night lecture for Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks, presented by Brian Walker, Professor of Biology at Fairfield University.

Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks features paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and natural history specimens from the early 19th century through the present day. Curated by Carey Weber and Fairfield University Biology professors Brian Walker, Jim Biardi and Tod Osier, the show complements the installation on Fairfield’s campus of The Lost Bird Project by artist Todd McGrain. On view from October 2020 to June 2021, these five monumental sculptures were created as a public memorial to birds driven to extinction in modern times. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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This event is presented in partnership with the Department of Biology. The Pequot Library, Southport, and Connecticut Audubon Society-Fairfield Region are community partners for this exhibition and its related programming.

Jan
28
Thu
Virtual Lecture: Theater & Fashion in the Photography of Lalla Essaydi @ Fairfield University Art Museum
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, January 28th, at 6 p.m. for the opening night lecture for By Design: Theater and Fashion in the Photography of Lalla Essaydi, presented by the exhibition curator Cynthia Becker, Associate Professor of African Art History and the History of Art and Architecture Department at Boston University.

By Design: Theater and Fashion in the Photography of Lalla Essaydi explores the artistic process behind the creation of Essaydi’s carefully staged photographs, which deconstruct and reimagine stereotypes of Muslim womanhood. Guest Curator Cynthia Becker has selected approximately 20 works spanning Essaydi’s career for inclusion in this groundbreaking exhibition. Becker notes that, “This is the first time an exhibition has emphasized fashion and staging in Essaydi’s work …[she] might spend months creating a single garment to be worn in one of her carefully crafted tableaus. She spends hours arranging her models and, in the process, recreates the familial bonds so important to Moroccan women’s lives.”

Born in Morocco, Lalla Essaydi lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and studied painting and photography at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She currently lives between New York and Morocco. Her time in Morocco also exposed her to the nation’s rich history of architectural design and the ceremonial occasions so important to daily life, both of which are featured in her photographs. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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This event is part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation.