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March 2016

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  1. Exhibition Opening Thursday, March 24 Phillip Trager: Photographing Ina at the DAC
  2. February highlights
  3. NYC Gallery Tour, April 2
  4. Save the Date! The Big Draw: Middletown


Phillip Trager: Photographing Ina
March 25 through May 22, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday March 24, 5-7pm at the Davison Art Center

Conversation between artist Philip Trager ’56 and Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, Professor and Chair of Classical Studies Andrew Szegedy-Maszak at 5:30pm.


Following a retrospective exhibition in 2006 of his internationally renowned images of architecture and of contemporary dancers, Philip Trager ’56 responded to the opportunities presented by digital photography and created a new series of images, culminating in the book Photographing Ina, which will be published by Steidl Press in 2016. This exhibition reveals Mr. Trager’s first series in color photography—an unexpected and tender meditation on the act of photographing, on perception, color, and light.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Philip Trager, Ina, 1983, gelatin silver print. Gift of Ina and Philip S. Trager, 2009.

  • On February 4th the student curated exhibition Passion and Power: German Renaissance Prints in the Age of Dürer opened with student gallery talks and a reception that followed. A packed gallery enjoyed student gallery talks and a reception featuring German desserts.
If you haven't visited yet, be sure not to miss it! The exhibition runs through March 3rd. Gallery hours are 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. View more photos from the event featured in the Wesleyan Newsletter and on Facebook.
  • The Virgil and Juwil Topazio Lecture took place on February 17th in the CFA Hall with Richard S. Field's talk “Cutting Remarks II: Thoughts on the Woodblocks used by Albrecht Dürer and his Contemporaries to Print their Woodcuts.”
Nearly 50 people enjoyed the talk.
  • On February 18th Suzy Taraba of Special Collections and Archives, Olin Library hosted an open house to show some of Wesleyan's 15th and 16th century German books in conjunction with the current DAC student-curated exhibition.
View more pictures from this event.
  • On Wednesday, February 24th Professor of Art History Peter Mark presented in this month's Artful Lunch Series with professors, students, and faculty in attendance.
View more photos from the event on Facebook.

Tour of New York City Photograph Galleries
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center on an exciting tour of New York City’s photograph galleries. Led by noted collector and Wesleyan University professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, the tour meets in New York at 11:00 am and visits galleries on 57th Street and in Chelsea. Ticket cost includes a prix-fixe lunch in a cozy Chelsea bistro. Transportation is not included.

FDAC members $60; non-members $65.

To reserve a ticket, call the Wesleyan University Box Office.

Learn more here.

Saturday April 16, 2016

A community celebration of drawing in all its forms. Interactive workshops throughout campus for people of all skill levels and ages.  An afternoon organized to encourage creativity, exploration, invention, and fun.
Join Japanese artist Taichiro Takamatsu and his Koinobori Project to create carp streamers that celebrate an ancient folk tale of the carp as the only fish who can swim up a waterfall and is magically transformed into a dragon. In Japanese culture this story represents the wishes made for children and their future. The flags created at The Big Draw: Middletown will later fly at Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter and at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Learn more here.

Special “thank you” to grants from the Community Foundation for Middlesex County and the Middletown Commission on the Arts and our
Gold Sponsors:
Blick Art Materials, Community Health Center, CT Yoga Center, Middletown Framing
Silver Sponsors:
Anonymous, It’s Only Natural, KidCity Children’s Museum, Middletown Toyota, Mondo Pizza, Munkittrick Associates, Nobul Apparel, Tesero Artisan Gift Boutique & Gallery, Ursel’s Web
Additional support from:
Wesleyan University Division I: Arts and Humanities, Davison Art Center, Friends of the Davison Art Center, Art & Art History Department, College of East Asian Studies

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Friends of the Davison Art Center
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Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06459

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