Calendar of Events

Feb
8
Wed
YUAG: Virtual Program, E-Lecture, Buddhas, Guardians, and Guides: How to Read Tibetan Paintings @ Yale University Art Gallery
Feb 8 @ 12:30 pm

Although known as early as the 7th century, there is little visual evidence for Buddhist practice in Tibet until the 11th when paintings and sculptures illustrate an astonishing array of enlightened beings such as buddhas and bodhisattvas, guardians and guides. After introducing the primary types of deities featured in Tibetan practices, Denise Patry Leidy, the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, highlights a newly acquired, and spectacular, 16th-century Tibetan mandala focused on the protective deity Sitatapatra (White Parasol), a guardian against malign supernatural forces. Recently conserved and on view for the first time, this mandala was produced in Ngor Monastery in central Tibet, famed for its painting workshops. It was commissioned by one of the abbots of this establishment in honor of an earlier teacher. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.

Closed captions will be available in English.

Registration required; to register, visit https://bit.ly/3vGTymO.

 

Feb
9
Thu
The Pennington Lecture with Dr. Jelani Cobb at the Wadsworth | The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

5pm reception, 6pm lecture—In museum & virtual 

Jelani Cobb, PhD, is an expert on how race, politics, history, and popular culture intersect in America. Author of the highly acclaimed book The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, Cobb also writes about police brutality, voter access, racial discord, and partisan polarization and eloquently explores how the past looms in our contemporary societal landscape and how we can collectively push toward a more equitable America. Jelani Cobb discusses the complex dynamics of race and racism in America, to clarify them and inspire his audience to collective activism with the goal of achieving equity in the form of genuine democracy. He shows us that not only are the levers of justice in our hands, but we can move them in the direction we see fit. 

This event is free and open to the public with required registration via thewadsworth.org. The lecture is available via Zoom for those unable to attend in person.   

The Pennington Lecture is presented in honor of the Rev. Dr. James W. C. Pennington and is part of Capital Community College’s Black Heritage Project. The project aims to surface the remarkable history of the first Black church and school for Black children in Hartford through an exhibition on Hartford’s Black community formation (now on view at the college), curriculum in a variety of courses, and programs such as this.  

 

This lecture is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Capital Community College Foundation and presented as a collaboration between Capital Community College, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.  

Check back soon for the ticket link.

Feb
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families at the Wadsworth: Black History Month @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, pay tribute to African American artists’ contributions, triumphs, and creativity. Design a portrait highlighting Black and Brown voices with artist Marsh and delight in a performance by bassist Conway Campbell Jr. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Admission is free noon–2pm.

FUAM – Pop-up Shop: Our Woven Community @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom (LL105)
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries’ museum classroom (LL105) for a special pop-up shop featuring Our Woven Community. Since 2015, Our Woven Community has brought together refugee women living in nearby Bridgeport through their love of sewing bags and other accessories. Each purchase directly supports the program and each artist. Click here to learn more about OWC!

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Norma Minkowitz, Body to Soul on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries (lower level of Bellarmine Hall) from January 27 – April 6, 2023.

 

About the exhibition:

Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul is a solo exhibition surveying the artist’s four-decade engagement with the physical and symbolic properties of thread. Minkowitz reinvents traditional needlework by crocheting fantastical forms, coating them in resin and shellac to create rigid sculptures and hangings. The delicate, mesh-like surfaces of her artworks break down oppositions between soft and hard, inside and outside, body and soul.

The poetic title Body to Soul is borrowed from just one of the sculptures that will be on view, but it is a broader theme that reverberates across the exhibition’s selection of over thirty vessels, sculptures, wall hangings, wearables, and works on paper – including never-before-seen examples coming from the artist’s studio.

Norma Minkowitz lives and works in Connecticut. Her work is represented in private and public collections across the United States and internationally. She is unique among fiber artists creating hard sculptures from soft materials, and for using thread to invoke universal themes of mortality, memory, nature, and writing. The exhibition is guest curated by Sarah Parrish PhD., Assistant Professor of Art History at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.

https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/norma-minkowitz/

Feb
13
Mon
FUAM – Virtual Lecture: “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” @ Fairfield University Art Museum (virtual)
Feb 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a virtual lecture with Elizabeth Resnick, curator of the exhibition Women’s Rights Are Human Rights!

Elizabeth Resnick, Exhibition Curator and Professor Emerita, Graphic Design, at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, will discuss the exhibition on view in the Walsh Gallery (inside the Quick Center for the Arts) January 20-April 6, 2023.

Please note: This event is virtual only.

 

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Women’s Rights are Human Rights.

About the exhibition:

This exhibition features posters created by both men and women worldwide to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens play in protecting and promoting human rights while challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing reproductive and sexual rights, protecting women and girls against brutality, and promoting women’s empowerment, education, and participation in society. The posters argue for the empowerment of women, the achievement of equality between women and men, and the elimination of discrimination against women and girls.

Organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor Emerita, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. Co-curated by Fairfield University faculty Rachelle Brunn-Bevel, PhD, Elizabeth Hohl, PhD, Johanna Garvey, PhD, and Anna Lawrence, PhD in collaboration with museum staff.

https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/womens-rights-are-human-rights/index.html

Feb
14
Tue
FUAM – Meditation and Mindfulness @ Bellarmine Hall, Bellarmine Hall Galleries
Feb 14 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for the first in-person Meditation and Mindfulness of the year! This month’s theme: #selflove

Join Jackie DeLise, master certified meditation and mindfulness teacher and stress management expert, for a guided meditation class. No prior experience necessary as you learn how to cultivate inner calm and clarity. All are welcome!

To learn more about Jackie: https://www.thewelleryllc.com/

Please note: This event is in-person only and is now at a new time (5 p.m. EST). If you are interested in the virtual meditation event on Monday, February 6, click here!

Feb
15
Wed
FUAM – Workshop: Unusual Materials: Interweaving and Interleaving @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom (LL105)
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Jo Yarrington, Professor of Studio Art at Fairfield University, will lead participants in the museum’s SmArt Classroom through this hands-on workshop, exploring the possibility of threads and textiles in a project inspired by the works on view in Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul. Materials will be provided.

Please note: This event is in-person only. Space is very limited–register soon!

 

This event is presented in conjunction with Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul, on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries from January 27 – April 8, 2023.

About the exhibition:

Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul is a solo exhibition surveying the artist’s four-decade engagement with the physical and symbolic properties of thread. Minkowitz reinvents traditional needlework by crocheting fantastical forms, coating them in resin and shellac to create rigid sculptures and hangings. The delicate, mesh-like surfaces of her artworks break down oppositions between soft and hard, inside and outside, body and soul.

The poetic title Body to Soul is borrowed from just one of the sculptures that will be on view, but it is a broader theme that reverberates across the exhibition’s selection of over thirty vessels, sculptures, wall hangings, wearables, and works on paper – including never-before-seen examples coming from the artist’s studio.

Norma Minkowitz lives and works in Connecticut. Her work is represented in private and public collections across the United States and internationally. She is unique among fiber artists creating hard sculptures from soft materials, and for using thread to invoke universal themes of mortality, memory, nature, and writing. The exhibition is guest curated by Sarah Parrish PhD., Assistant Professor of Art History at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.

https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/norma-minkowitz/

Feb
16
Thu
YUAG: Hybrid Program, Conversation, The Art of Collecting Small: A Collector’s Roundtable @ Yale University Art Gallery
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm

In honor of the opening of Thinking Small: Dutch Art to Scale, join three distinguished collectors of 17th-century Dutch art, George Abrams and Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, for a conversation about the uniquely personal experience of collecting and engaging directly with works of art. Selections from the Abrams and the Van Otterloo holdings are featured in Thinking Small, a student-curated exhibition that highlights an intriguing array of objects from the 17th-century Netherlands that were designed to elicit slow, intimate, and contemplative responses on the part of their audiences. Moderated by Marisa Bass, Professor in the History of Art. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.

On Zoom, closed captions will be available in English. Registration required for virtual attendance; to register, visit https://bit.ly/3Iul6Dq.

For in-person attendance, visit https://artgallery.yale.edu/hours-and-directions to learn about our current vaccination and mask requirements.

Feb
18
Sat
FUAM – Family Day: Fantastical Fibers @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum classroom (LL105)
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries’ museum classroom for arts & crafts designed for ages 4-10. Children will learn about various weaving techniques, inspired by the exhibition Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul, on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries January 27 – April 6, 2023.

Activities will include:

  • Weaving with looms
  • Making 3D vessels out of string
  • Making collages
  • Gallery activities

Please note: This event is in-person only. Space is limited. If you are unable to attend, please let us know via email: [email protected]

Ticket options: Space is limited–please select Session 1 OR Session 2 and register with how many children are attending. Example: 1 ticket=1 child.

Video tutorials are available via email request.

 

About the exhibition: Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul is a solo exhibition surveying the artist’s four-decade engagement with the physical and symbolic properties of thread. Minkowitz reinvents traditional needlework by crocheting fantastical forms, coating them in resin and shellac to create rigid sculptures and hangings. The delicate, mesh-like surfaces of her artworks break down oppositions between soft and hard, inside and outside, body and soul.

The poetic title Body to Soul  is borrowed from just one of the sculptures that will be on view, but it is a broader theme that reverberates across the exhibition’s selection of over thirty vessels, sculptures, wall hangings, wearables, and works on paper – including never-before-seen examples coming from the artist’s studio.

Norma Minkowitz lives and works in Connecticut. Her work is represented in private and public collections across the United States and internationally. She is unique among fiber artists creating hard sculptures from soft materials, and for using thread to invoke universal themes of mortality, memory, nature, and writing. The exhibition is guest curated by Sarah Parrish PhD., Assistant Professor of Art History at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.

https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/norma-minkowitz/

Feb
19
Sun
Curator Talk at the Wadsworth: Nineteenth-Century Costumes @ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Feb 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wadsworth cares for a large costume and textile collection spanning centuries of construction and representing cultures from around the globe. Join Ned Lazaro, the Wadsworth’s new associate curator of costume and textiles, for an in-depth exploration of two mid-nineteenth-century costumes on view. Free with museum admission. Meet in front of the Museum Shop.