Happy Winter! And happy almost SPRING!

Please note that there was an error in the delivery of the February Monthly Message and we apologize. Below is information from January and February as well as important dates for the spring.

January was a quiet month at Wesleyan, but a sold-out group enjoyed a private tour and insider's look at the blockbuster show Goya: Order and Disorder at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Check out some photos from the tour with curators Stephanie Loeb Stepanek and Frederick Ilchman here. One of the DAC's most important works 
– an early 19th century Francisco Goya lithograph – was shown as part of the exhibit.

February marked the opening of the winter show at the DAC: A Body in Fukushima. This exhibition is the first-ever collaboration among all three Wesleyan galleries. It includes more than 100 photographs in all three galleries on campus. Learn more below.
The opening for A Body in Fukushima began drew over 200 people to CFA Hall and for a stroll through the galleries on February 5. The packed house was treated to an interesting peak into the making of the show from the perspective of Pam Tatge, curators Clare Rogan and Patrick Dowdey, and creators Eiko and Bill Johnston. See pictures from the opening night here.

Coming up at the end of this month we have an opening for the spring exhibition: Personal Recollections: Gifts from Robert Dannin & Jolie Stahl on Thursday March 26, 2015. This exhibition will include prints and multiples by Barbara Kruger, Richard Mock, and Kiki Smith, as well as photographs by Eve Arnold, Stuart Franklin, Steve McCurry, Nan Goldin, and Sebastião Salgado.

FDAC Board Member Sharifa T. Lookman '17 reflects on her first two weeks abroad in Florence and her visit to Santa Maria Novella, home of Masaccio's 15th century masterpiece The Holy Trinity. Read her Renaissance Reflection here.

DAC Intern Rebecca Wilton '15 looks at a new acquisition to the DAC collection by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Read her analysis here as she discusses this prolific artist in a new light, that of a businessman.
  CLOSING THIS WEEK (in some locations)  


Tuesday February 3, 2015 - Thursday March 5, 2015

A Body in Fukushima exhibits a haunting series of photographs based on the collaboration of internationally renowned dancer/choreographer, Eiko, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, with William Johnston, Professor of History and East Asian Studies. This exhibition is the first-ever collaboration among all three Wesleyan galleries. It includes more than 70 photographs. Click here for a taste of some of the beautiful images in this show.

See the review from the Hartford Courant here.
FDAC Board Member and Assistant Professor of Art Sasha Rudensky is co-curator with Professor of Art Jeffrey Schiff for the current show at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery. The exhibition Picture/Thing is on view through Sunday March 1, 2015.

Picture/Thing presents ten artists who make hybrid objects that challenge the limits of photography and sculpture at a time when the definitions of the two media continue to evolve. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Image: Rachel Harrison, AA, 2010, wood, bubble wrap, cardboard, acrylic, tennis shirt, A/V cart, DVD player, speakers, projector, extension cord, five hair rollers, pack of gum, ear plugs, American Apparel video, color/sound (2009), 80 x 70 x 70 inches, Video 18:00 mins (looped), courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.

Photographs by Assistant Professor of Art and FDAC Board Member Sasha Rudensky were featured in the NY Times Sunday Magazine earlier this month. Learn more from the Wesleyan Newsletter Blog here. Or visit the NY Times directly here. 

Opening Reception: Personal Recollections - Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm.

Conversation in the gallery with Curator Clare RoganRobert Dannin, and Jolie Stahl at 5:30pm.

Exhibition runs from Friday, March 27 through Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Inspired by anthropological theories of gift-giving, Jolie Stahl and Robert Dannin recently donated a collection of 69 prints, photographs, and multiples to the Davison Art Center in honor of their daughter, Isadora Dannin ’14. Their gift also included 26 rare photography books for Special Collections and Archives at Olin Library. As Dannin explains, “The idea of gifting and re-gifting is basically that you are circulating it, nobody really possesses it, and this is appropriate for a work of art.” Most of these prints, photographs, and books were originally personal gifts to Stahl and Dannin from the artists. The exhibition, Personal Recollections, will highlight this fascinating gift, which includes artwork from New York in the 1980s and 1990s, and iconic news photographs from members of the Magnum Photos cooperative. The exhibition includes prints and multiples by Barbara Kruger, Richard Mock, and Kiki Smith, as well as photographs by Eve Arnold, Stuart Franklin, Steve McCurry, Nan Goldin, and Sebastião Salgado.


Nan Goldin (American, born 1953), Susanne and Philippe on the Train, Long Island, 1985, chromogenic print. Gift of Jolie Stahl and Robert Dannin to honor Isadora Dannin ’14, 2014. ©Nan Goldin, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery (copy photo: R. J. Phil)

Congratulations to FDAC Board Member and Membership Co-Chair Heather Stegmaier and her husband Eric who welcomed baby Ada Violet on January 9th.
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We are pleased to announce that we have once again received grant support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts as well as sponsorships from NINE area businesses for the Big Draw: Middletown. Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday April 25th and join us for the 4th annual community event!
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