Calendar of Events

Oct
20
Wed
“Getting” Contemporary Art: Art History Class Series @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This five-session class series, which includes a visit with exhibiting artist Karla Knight and an off-site excursion, provides a roadmap to central themes and ideas that have influenced artistic practice since the 1960s. Designed to be dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking, participants will build skills to analyze, interpret, and discuss contemporary art while looking closely at The Aldrich’s current exhibitions. The classes will be held either in-person at The Aldrich or virtually over Zoom. The last class includes an in-person visit to the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT. Please check each session to see where it will take place. Participants may sign up for all five classes, or for individual class sessions.

“Getting” Contemporary Art is led by Danielle Ogden, M.A., Ed.M., Museum Specialist, Adult Learning at The Aldrich, and Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University.

October 20 – Off the Wall: A Look at Kinetic Sculpture from MoMA’s Alexander Calder Modern from the StartExhibition to Tim Prentice

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of the Sculpture Garden and the outdoor installation of Tim Prentice: After the Mobile.

October 27Material Transformation: An Exploration of Artists’ Use of Uncommon Materials from Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg to Vik Muniz and Hugo McCloud

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of Hugo McCloud: from where i stand.

November 3 – Otherworldly Visions and Visions of Paradise: Rethinking Artists’ Relationships with the Natural World and the Supernatural

This class will take place over Zoom and includes a tour of Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth and preview of Karla Knight: Navigator.

November 10 – Tour with Exhibiting Artist Karla Knight

Exhibiting artist Karla Knight will join the class for an in-person tour at the Museum of her exhibition Navigator, offering a personal look into her process and influences. This class will take place at The Aldrich and be accompanied by an art-making workshop in The Studio.

November 17 Field Trip: Brant Foundation

Enjoy an intimate tour and discussion of work by David Salle, an American painter known for his big, gestural, expressionist paintings at the newly re-opened, Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT.

Subscription Lecture Series: Titian: Early Mythologies to Late Poesie @ Fairfield University Art Museum
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Fiona Garland for a special three part lecture series!

Please visit the Eventbrite page to purchase tickets prior to the first lecture.

Titian was 60 years old when he first met the 21-year-old Prince Philip II, heir to the Hapsburg Empire. Over the course of nearly 30 years, Philip would be Titian’s most important patron, allowing him a remarkable amount of creative freedom to realize his individual genius. From this relationship came some of the most famous works of Titian’s long career and the six mythological paintings, known as poesie, that are the center of the exhibition coming to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston, Titian: Love, Desire, Death.

In this three-part lecture series, we will examine Titian’s mythological paintings from his early years to these final works, when he was pushing the boundaries of painting itself, delving ever deeper into issues of love, desire and death.

Your ticket will be good for each lecture on October 6, 13, and 20.

A Zoom link will be sent out a week before the first lecture.

Oct
27
Wed
“Getting” Contemporary Art: Art History Class Series @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This five-session class series, which includes a visit with exhibiting artist Karla Knight and an off-site excursion, provides a roadmap to central themes and ideas that have influenced artistic practice since the 1960s. Designed to be dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking, participants will build skills to analyze, interpret, and discuss contemporary art while looking closely at The Aldrich’s current exhibitions. The classes will be held either in-person at The Aldrich or virtually over Zoom. The last class includes an in-person visit to the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT. Please check each session to see where it will take place. Participants may sign up for all five classes, or for individual class sessions.

“Getting” Contemporary Art is led by Danielle Ogden, M.A., Ed.M., Museum Specialist, Adult Learning at The Aldrich, and Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University.

October 20 – Off the Wall: A Look at Kinetic Sculpture from MoMA’s Alexander Calder Modern from the StartExhibition to Tim Prentice

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of the Sculpture Garden and the outdoor installation of Tim Prentice: After the Mobile.

October 27Material Transformation: An Exploration of Artists’ Use of Uncommon Materials from Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg to Vik Muniz and Hugo McCloud

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of Hugo McCloud: from where i stand.

November 3 – Otherworldly Visions and Visions of Paradise: Rethinking Artists’ Relationships with the Natural World and the Supernatural

This class will take place over Zoom and includes a tour of Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth and preview of Karla Knight: Navigator.

November 10 – Tour with Exhibiting Artist Karla Knight

Exhibiting artist Karla Knight will join the class for an in-person tour at the Museum of her exhibition Navigator, offering a personal look into her process and influences. This class will take place at The Aldrich and be accompanied by an art-making workshop in The Studio.

November 17 Field Trip: Brant Foundation

Enjoy an intimate tour and discussion of work by David Salle, an American painter known for his big, gestural, expressionist paintings at the newly re-opened, Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT.

Oct
28
Thu
Fairfield University Art Museum – Lecture: The Art of Perception: Look Closely to Save a Life @ Fairfield University Art Museum (Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre)
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the Fairfield University Art Museum for a creative workshop!

Please note: this event will be presented on Fairfield University’s campus, and will not be live-streamed. University policies related to campus access will apply. Updates can be found here: https://www.fairfield.edu/undergraduate/student-life-and-services/health-and-wellness/health-center/emergencies/coronavirus/

Please visit the Eventbrite page to select tickets before coming to campus.

Join us for this special event co-sponsored by the #UNLOAD Foundation. Amy Herman, founder of The Art of Perception Ⓡ, will lead a brief workshop on identifying and understanding visual bias, followed by a panel discussion with community members.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects (Walsh Gallery). About the exhibition: In Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects, Weems focuses on the humanity denied in recent killings of black men, women, and children by police. She directs our attention to the constructed nature of racial identity—specifically, representations that associate black bodies with criminality. Our imaginings have real—often deadly—outcomes. Blocks of color obscure faces just as our assumptions around race obscure individual humanity. Through a formal language of blurred images, color blocks, stated facts, and meditative narration, Weems directs our attention toward the repeated pattern of judicial inaction—the repeated denials and the repeated lack of acknowledgement.

Nov
3
Wed
“Getting” Contemporary Art: Art History Class Series @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Nov 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This five-session class series, which includes a visit with exhibiting artist Karla Knight and an off-site excursion, provides a roadmap to central themes and ideas that have influenced artistic practice since the 1960s. Designed to be dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking, participants will build skills to analyze, interpret, and discuss contemporary art while looking closely at The Aldrich’s current exhibitions. The classes will be held either in-person at The Aldrich or virtually over Zoom. The last class includes an in-person visit to the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT. Please check each session to see where it will take place. Participants may sign up for all five classes, or for individual class sessions.

“Getting” Contemporary Art is led by Danielle Ogden, M.A., Ed.M., Museum Specialist, Adult Learning at The Aldrich, and Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University.

October 20 – Off the Wall: A Look at Kinetic Sculpture from MoMA’s Alexander Calder Modern from the StartExhibition to Tim Prentice

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of the Sculpture Garden and the outdoor installation of Tim Prentice: After the Mobile.

October 27Material Transformation: An Exploration of Artists’ Use of Uncommon Materials from Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg to Vik Muniz and Hugo McCloud

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of Hugo McCloud: from where i stand.

November 3 – Otherworldly Visions and Visions of Paradise: Rethinking Artists’ Relationships with the Natural World and the Supernatural

This class will take place over Zoom and includes a tour of Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth and preview of Karla Knight: Navigator.

November 10 – Tour with Exhibiting Artist Karla Knight

Exhibiting artist Karla Knight will join the class for an in-person tour at the Museum of her exhibition Navigator, offering a personal look into her process and influences. This class will take place at The Aldrich and be accompanied by an art-making workshop in The Studio.

November 17 Field Trip: Brant Foundation

Enjoy an intimate tour and discussion of work by David Salle, an American painter known for his big, gestural, expressionist paintings at the newly re-opened, Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT.

Florence Griswold Museum – LECTURE: Beyond the Manifest Imaginary @ Florence Griswold Museum
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

with Professor Peter L. Bayers, Director of American Studies, Fairfield University

Hybrid On Site & Online Format

As mass media producers, Currier & Ives shaped popular imaginings of the American West in the 19th century through their lithographs, the legacy of which permeates how U.S. citizens “know” the history of the American West. This interactive talk will address how the Currier & Ives lithographs romanticized U.S. expansion west in order to justify Westward expansion, in turn obfuscating the complex, destructive, violent, and genocidal history of the American West.

Nov
6
Sat
Florence Griswold Museum – ANNUAL SAMUEL THORNE MEMORIAL LECTURE: Inventing the Shaker Aesthetic @ Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Nov 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Industrial Photography, Museum Exhibitions, and American Modernism, 1923-1939

with Dr. William D. Moore, Associate Professor of American Material Culture in the American & New England Studies Program and the Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Boston University

FREE but reservations required, (860) 434-5542, ext. 111 • Virtual options available, email [email protected] for link

Dr. Moore will demonstrate how the photographs taken by William F. Winter, Jr. resulted in our perception of Shaker design as epitomizing supposedly national traits of frugality, functionality, and simplicity.

Between 1923 and his death in 1939, William F. Winter, Jr. created an extensive body of modernist photographic images that allowed curators, collectors, writers, and other enthusiasts to claim the Northeast’s Shaker communities as vital American predecessors of modernism. Winter manipulated the architecture and material culture of the waning celibate, communitarian Shaker villages in western Massachusetts and eastern New York State to create stunning, carefully crafted black and white compositions emphasizing form, line, and pattern.

These seminal images, included in (and broadly reproduced in association with) celebratory exhibitions at the New York State Museum, the Berkshire Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, profoundly shaped the national understanding of this regional sect and influenced paintings, photographs, and decorative arts created by government agencies, such as the Works Progress Administration and the Index of American Design, as well as mid-century designers including Freda Diamond and Paul McCobb. By analyzing Winter’s oeuvre, exploring his relationships with influential museum administrators, and placing his images within their historical and institutional contexts, this presentation will critically engage the manner in which curators, journalists, and designers have employed the idea of Shaker design.

Copies of Moore’s book Shaker Fever will be available for purchase at the talk.

Nov
10
Wed
“Getting” Contemporary Art: Art History Class Series @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This five-session class series, which includes a visit with exhibiting artist Karla Knight and an off-site excursion, provides a roadmap to central themes and ideas that have influenced artistic practice since the 1960s. Designed to be dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking, participants will build skills to analyze, interpret, and discuss contemporary art while looking closely at The Aldrich’s current exhibitions. The classes will be held either in-person at The Aldrich or virtually over Zoom. The last class includes an in-person visit to the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT. Please check each session to see where it will take place. Participants may sign up for all five classes, or for individual class sessions.

“Getting” Contemporary Art is led by Danielle Ogden, M.A., Ed.M., Museum Specialist, Adult Learning at The Aldrich, and Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University.

October 20 – Off the Wall: A Look at Kinetic Sculpture from MoMA’s Alexander Calder Modern from the StartExhibition to Tim Prentice

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of the Sculpture Garden and the outdoor installation of Tim Prentice: After the Mobile.

October 27Material Transformation: An Exploration of Artists’ Use of Uncommon Materials from Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg to Vik Muniz and Hugo McCloud

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of Hugo McCloud: from where i stand.

November 3 – Otherworldly Visions and Visions of Paradise: Rethinking Artists’ Relationships with the Natural World and the Supernatural

This class will take place over Zoom and includes a tour of Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth and preview of Karla Knight: Navigator.

November 10 – Tour with Exhibiting Artist Karla Knight

Exhibiting artist Karla Knight will join the class for an in-person tour at the Museum of her exhibition Navigator, offering a personal look into her process and influences. This class will take place at The Aldrich and be accompanied by an art-making workshop in The Studio.

November 17 Field Trip: Brant Foundation

Enjoy an intimate tour and discussion of work by David Salle, an American painter known for his big, gestural, expressionist paintings at the newly re-opened, Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT.

Nov
12
Fri
Florence Griswold Museum – VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES: America Imagined @ Florence Griswold Museum
Nov 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Virtual Lecture #2: How Currier & Ives Pictured Nineteenth-Century America

with Bryan LeBeau, Professor, Georgetown University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Author 

Thanks to Currier & Ives, 19th-century America was the best illustrated period in the nation’s history. But is the America the company pictured an accurate historical record or a romanticized imaging of the past? What visual elements made their images so appealing both in the U.S. and abroad, and to what purpose? LeBeau examines how Currier & Ives created a usable past for the new nation, and how the company pictured urban and rural life, America’s pride of place, the frontier, the family, and Victorian ideals including how Thanksgiving and Christmas were presented in a Currier & Ives America.

Nov
17
Wed
“Getting” Contemporary Art: Art History Class Series @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This five-session class series, which includes a visit with exhibiting artist Karla Knight and an off-site excursion, provides a roadmap to central themes and ideas that have influenced artistic practice since the 1960s. Designed to be dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking, participants will build skills to analyze, interpret, and discuss contemporary art while looking closely at The Aldrich’s current exhibitions. The classes will be held either in-person at The Aldrich or virtually over Zoom. The last class includes an in-person visit to the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT. Please check each session to see where it will take place. Participants may sign up for all five classes, or for individual class sessions.

“Getting” Contemporary Art is led by Danielle Ogden, M.A., Ed.M., Museum Specialist, Adult Learning at The Aldrich, and Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University.

October 20 – Off the Wall: A Look at Kinetic Sculpture from MoMA’s Alexander Calder Modern from the StartExhibition to Tim Prentice

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of the Sculpture Garden and the outdoor installation of Tim Prentice: After the Mobile.

October 27Material Transformation: An Exploration of Artists’ Use of Uncommon Materials from Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg to Vik Muniz and Hugo McCloud

This class will take place at The Aldrich and includes a tour of Hugo McCloud: from where i stand.

November 3 – Otherworldly Visions and Visions of Paradise: Rethinking Artists’ Relationships with the Natural World and the Supernatural

This class will take place over Zoom and includes a tour of Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth and preview of Karla Knight: Navigator.

November 10 – Tour with Exhibiting Artist Karla Knight

Exhibiting artist Karla Knight will join the class for an in-person tour at the Museum of her exhibition Navigator, offering a personal look into her process and influences. This class will take place at The Aldrich and be accompanied by an art-making workshop in The Studio.

November 17 Field Trip: Brant Foundation

Enjoy an intimate tour and discussion of work by David Salle, an American painter known for his big, gestural, expressionist paintings at the newly re-opened, Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT.