Did you know?
850 million people visit museums each year.
That's more than all major league sporting events and theme parks combined.
(Source: American Alliance of Museums as featured in this CBS Sunday Morning segment)
So are you one of the 850 million? If so, be sure to check out our new North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) benefit. NARM entitles its members at certain levels to enjoy free admission to over 750 institutions across the country as well discounts at museum stores (our NARM benefit offers members to receive 10% off at Broad Street Books!)
Note: NEW as of September 15 is the local CT River Museum. See the complete list here! 

Support the Friends today at the $100 level or above and receive your very own NARM membership cards good for an entire year.

Friends of the Davison Art Center Autumn Soirée
The Friends of the Davison Art Center cordially invites you to attend an Autumn Soirée. Enjoy a special evening of music and art hosted at the home of President Michael Roth & Professor Kari Weil. Enjoy an intimate piano performance of American parlor music by Professor Neely Bruce and vote on one of three works to be added to our distinguished collection.

Thursday, October 22 5:00pm to 7:00pm
President’s House
Wesleyan University
269 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459

The Davison Art Center gallery located at 301 High Street will be open for soirée guests from 4:00pm to 5:00pm for a special look at recent acquisitions.

We hope you will join us! Your $60 ticket includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a free ballot. It also includes a CD of music performed by Neely Bruce tied to the Alsop House’s history. Please purchase your ticket online by Thursday, October 15. Questions? Please call Patricia Reville at 860.836.7496 or Mariah Reisner at 860.584.1377 or email

Want to learn more about the image for this event?
Check out our feature on a piece from the collection this month "Red Wine and a Show" by FDAC Board Member Sharifa T. Lookman '17!
One work, one speaker, 15 minutes.

Wednesday, October 7 at 12:10pm
Join us for an Artful Lunch with Terttu Uibopuu, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, in the Alsop House. Attendees bring a bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies and conversation following the talk.  

Body, Memory, Photography
Thursday, October 29 at 5:00 pm
Russell House

Selection from Tanya Marcuse (American, born 1964) Undergarments and Armor, platinum prints, 2002–2004. Copyright © Tanya Marcuse. Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery

Tanya Marcuse, photographer, in conversation with: Victoria Pitts-Taylor (Chair and Professor of Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Professor of Sociology and Science in Society); Jennifer Tucker (Associate Professor of History; Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Environmental Studies; and Science in Society); Laura Wexler (Yale University Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Director of the Photographic Studies Workshop at Yale.) The panelists will discuss the intersections between medical and scientific representations of anatomy, gender, and photographic practice.

This panel discussion is in conjunction with our fall exhibition: Phantom Bodies: Photographs by Tanya Marcuse. The show brings together. 
Undergarments and Armor (2002–2004) and Wax Bodies (2006–2008), two projects in which Tanya Marcuse creates haunting photographs evoking absent bodies. 

Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances throughout the fall. Her first solo project A Body in Places began with A Body in a Station, performed in 2014 in the waiting room of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station; and continued at Wesleyan in 2015 with her performance A Body in a Library at Olin Library and the photography exhibition A Body In Fukushima. Her project continues with performances at Middletown’s Russell Library, and at Wesleyan’s Alsop House and Van Vleck Observatory (commissioned in honor of the building’s 100th anniversary celebration). In this dance of solitude and fragility, Eiko explores the characteristics of each specific place and exchange an intimate gaze with each viewer. Audience members are welcome to stay and speak with the artist.

Eiko will perform an intimate solo for up to 10 audience members at a time at the Alsop House of the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University. The performances will be free but seating is very limited; please call the Wesleyan University Center for Arts at 860-685-3355 for reservations. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House 301 High Street, Middletown

Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House 301 High Street, Middletown

We enjoyed a terrific trip to NYC for a tour of Rembrandt's Changing Impressions with the exhibition's curator Robert Fucci '92 and a vertical tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Check out pictures from the day.

Artist Tanya Marcuse gave an artist's talk followed by an opening reception in the gallery. If you missed it, there is another chance to hear her speak on October 29. For more details visit the FDAC website.

Thanks to all our volunteers! The FDAC has a history of over 40 years of engaging with Middletown's students through our docent program which introduces more than 400 Middletown fourth graders to art, music, and architecture through annual art-focused tours of Wesleyan, including the Davison Art Center Gallery, Zilkha Gallery, Mansfield Freeman Gallery, and Javanese Gamelan. Tours start next week! For additional information on how to be involved please contact Rosemary Lennox:
From the collection: Red Wine and a Show
Just a few spots left! Join the Wesleyan Institute of Lifelong Learning for a full-day of Connecticut Impressionism, Florence Griswold Museum on Saturday November 14. Or enroll in Picasso and the Truth that begins in November with Rhea Higgins.

Saturday, November 7 at 11.00am

Presentation by David Schorr, Professor of Art and 2015 Binswanger Teaching Award recipient as part of Wesleyan’s Homecoming/Family Weekend

Saturday, November 7 at 1.00pm
Gallery Talk as part of Wesleyan’s Homecoming/Family Weekend

Wednesday, November 18 at 12.10pm
Artful Lunch with Clark Maines, Kenan Professor of the Humanities, Professor of Art History, Archaeology, Environmental Studies, and Medieval Studies.
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