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February 2017

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  1. In the Gallery
  2. Artful Lunch
  3. Off Campus
  4. Spring Events
  5. NYC Gallery Tour - Tickets now available
  6. Check it out!

Changing Visions:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs During the Weimar Republic and After
February 10 – March 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 15, 12:00 noon
Gallery Talk by Clare Rogan, Curator, at 12:20 pm

The Weimar Republic in Germany lasted only fourteen short years from 1919 until the seizure of power by Adolf Hitler and the establishment of the Third Reich in 1933. Yet from 1919 to 1933, artists thrived in an atmosphere of radical change. Otto Dix and George Grosz created biting social satire. Käthe Kollwitz advocated for the poor. Josef Albers, Lyonel Feininger, and Wassily Kandinsky promoted new design principles at the Bauhaus School. August Sander and Ilse Bing expanded the possibilities for photography. This exhibition is drawn from the Davison Art Center collection and explores the creative ferment during the Weimar Republic, and the travels of artists who fled after 1933 and brought new artistic ideas to audiences in Europe and the Americas.

Image: Ilse Bing (American, born Germany, 1899/1900–1998), Moving Railway Clutches on Rails, 1929, gelatin silver print. Gift of Gary Ginsberg and Susanna Aaron (BA Wesleyan 1981), 2015. Copyright Estate of Ilse Bing (photo: R. J. Phil).

Faculty Panel Discussion: Radicals and Art in Weimar Germany

Friday, February 17
Fisk Hall, 262 High Street, Room 204
Panel discussion begins at 12:20 pm
Faculty panel discussion of the dynamic creativity in the visual arts and the political and cultural context during the Weimar Republic in Germany, 1919-1933. Speakers will include Erik Grimmer-Solem, Associate Professor of History; Ulrich Plass, Associate Professor of German Studies; and Krishna Winston, Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature. Moderated by Clare Rogan, Curator, Davison Art Center, and Iris Bork-Goldfield, Chair and Adjunct Professor, German Studies.
Organized in conjunction with the Davison Art Center exhibition, Changing Visions: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs during the Weimar Republic and After.
Sponsored by the German Studies Department and Davison Art Center.
Lunch will be served.

One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for presentations by Wesleyan students and faculty about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.
  • Thursday, February 23, 12:00 noon. Sharifa Lookman ’17 - this month!
  • Thursday, March 2, 12:00 noon. Rhea Higgins, Adjunct Professor of Art History, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
  • Thursday, April 13, 12:00 noon. Esther Rodriguez Camara, GRAD, Romance Languages and Literatures.
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room


Faculty Gallery Talk & Demonstration at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Keiji Shinohara, Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, will demonstrate printmaking techniques used by artists in Edo-era Japan. After the demonstration, join Professor Shinohara in the exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan to examine the techniques used in the works of art

Saturday, February 25
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

2:00 pm demonstration and Gallery Talk

Learn more about this special event in Hartford.

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Converging to a Center:
Photographs from the Collection of Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Elizabeth Bobrick

March 31 – May 28, 2017
Opening reception and gallery talk: Thursday, March 30, 5:00 pm
Conversation in the gallery with Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Clare Rogan, 5:30 pm
Photography has evolved dramatically since 1970, when Andrew Szegedy-Maszak started collecting. This exhibition at the Davison Art Center highlights thirty-five photographs acquired in the last two decades, photographs that reveal the shift from the intimate scale of small black-and-white (gelatin-silver) prints to immersive large-scale color digital images. These photographs reflect the internationalism of photography today. Adou depicts men and women from the Yi ethnic minority in his native Sichuan Province, China. Philip-Lorca DiCorcia creates cinematic color and texture on a street in Mexico City. Robert Adams, Joe Deal, and Richard Misrach challenge the grand depictions of the American West. In Detroit, Curran Hatleberg conveys the ambiguity of one contemporary American scene.

Image: Curran Hatleberg (American, born 1982), Blue Suit, 2012, archival ink jet print. Collection of Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Elizabeth Bobrick. © Curran Hatleberg.

Student-curated Exhibition
Student-curated exhibition of student art work
Student Curator: Ray Miao, class of 2018
April 13 - April 28
Opening on Thursday, April 13,
Davison Art Center Hallway Gallery
 NYC Gallery Tour 
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.

Saturday, April 8
Click here to reserve your tickets online. Or call the Box Office at 860.685.3355
FDAC members $65; non-members $70.

Check out this great video of photographer Abelardo Morell building a "camera obscura," Watch the full video here.
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