Rodin: Truth Form Life / Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections




FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM) is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, RODIN: TRUTH, FORM, LIFE / Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, which will be on view from September 13 through December 21, 2019 in the museum’s Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts. A free public opening reception will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. This exhibition, only the second major Rodin sculpture exhibition in the state of Connecticut, is the very first to be presented in Fairfield County.

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 sculptures paved the way for the development of 20th century sculpture including that by Matisse and Brancusi.

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. Three weeks later (October 4) in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries, the museum will open the complementary exhibition Prints from the Age of Rodin, featuring lithographs and etchings by Rodin’s contemporaries, including portraits, theater playbills, and depictions of the urban environment of Paris.

In conjunction with theses exhibitions, the Fairfield University Art Museum has organized a full roster of public programs.

Thursday, September 12, 5 p.m.

Opening Lecture: Drama from Head to Toe: Rodin and the Making of the Burghers of Calais

Jennifer Thompson, PhD, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation

Quick Center, Wien Experimental Theater

Thursday, September 12, 6-7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: RODIN: TRUTH, FORM, LIFE

Quick Center, Walsh Gallery and Lobby

Thursday, October 3, 5 p.m.

Gallery Talk: Prints from the Age of Rodin Michelle DiMarzo, Curator of Education and Curator of the Exhibition

Bellarmine Hall, Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Great Hall

Thursday, October 3, 6-7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: Prints from the Age of Rodin

Bellarmine Hall, Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Great Hall

Wednesday, October 23, 5 p.m.

Lecture: Rodin & Plaster Casts

Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art

Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room

Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation

Tuesday, November 12, 7-9 p.m.

Drawing Party: Rodin’s Birthday

Quick Center, Walsh Gallery

Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m.

Gallery Talk: Sculpting in Bronze

Marc Mellon, sculptor

Quick Center, Walsh Gallery

Tuesday, December 3, 5-7 p.m.

Gallery Talks: Student Presentations Bellarmine Hall, Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Thursday, December 12, 11 a.m.

Art in Focus: Rodin, Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo, 1890-97 or 1901-2

Michelle DiMarzo, Curator of Education and Academic Engagement

Quick Center, Walsh Gallery

Saturday, October 5, November 16, December 14, 12 noon

Exhibition Tours: RODIN: TRUTH, FORM, LIFE

Michelle DiMarzo, Curator of Education and Academic Engagement

Walsh Gallery

All events are free of charge and open to the public. Advance registration is recommended. For more information on the exhibition and related programming, and to register for events, visit the museum’s website: www.fairfield.edu/museum.

WSHU is the exclusive media sponsor of this exhibition.