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FDAC Events

Friends of the Davison Art Center members receive invitations to a wide range of events.

Please see the FDAC Blog for timely news of upcoming events and photographs of recent ones.

FDAC events for spring 2013 included:

Artful Lunch

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:10 p.m.
Arthur S. Wensinger, Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature, Emeritus
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. The FDAC sponsors these presentations by Wesleyan faculty about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Attendees bring a bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.

Screenprinting Demonstration

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Lee Berman, artist and Gallery Supervisor at the DAC, demonstrated the liberating Do-It-Yourself power of screenprinting. The demonstration featured traditional and non-traditional methods.

The Big Draw: Middletown

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Join this community celebration of drawing. Celebrating drawing in all its forms, this day-long event encouraged creativity, exploration, invention, and fun. The Big Draw: Middletown is accessible to people of all ages, from grade-schoolers to university students, parents, adult amateur artists, and anyone who has ever picked up a pencil. Workshops explored many types of drawing including mapping, automatic drawing, mural-making, life study, and more. Organized by the FDAC, The Big Draw was free of charge and open to the public.

Artful Lunch

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:10 p.m.
William D. Johnston, Professor of History and East Asian Studies
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. The FDAC sponsors these presentations by Wesleyan faculty about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Attendees bring a bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.

Other recent events have included:

Drawing with Light: Experimental Photography Today

Virgil and Juwil Topazio Lecture
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Weston Naef, Curator Emeritus, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum
Russell House
In 1984, Weston Naef became founding curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, an action that took the art world by surprise and forever changed the position of photographs in art museums around the world. For 25 years before his retirement from the Getty in 2009, he guided the growth of the Museum's photograph collection, directing more than 100 exhibitions and 50 publications. He is the author of numerous books, including Era of Exploration: The Rise of Landscape Photography in the American West: 1860-1885 (with James N. Wood) and Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (with Christine Hult-Lewis). In this lecture, he discussed contemporary photographers who are using traditional materials in new ways. While not actually an FDAC event, the lecture was of great interest to many members. Free and open to the public.

Artful Lunch

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
Jennifer Tucker, Professor of History
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. The FDAC sponsors these presentations by Wesleyan faculty about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Attendees bring a bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.

Picturing America: Highlights of 20th-Century Photography

Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30 p.m., October 3, 10, and 17, 2012
The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and Friends of the Davison Art Center presented this short course on Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Garry Winogrand, and associated photographers. The course met at the Davison Art Center to view selected master prints from the collection.

Decadent Desserts

Student member event
Thursday, September 27, 2012, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Student members of the FDAC, and all Wesleyan students, could enjoy free desserts and music in the courtyard, along with an open gallery.

Artist's talk by Andrew Raftery

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 5:00 p.m., CFA Hall
Following the lecture, the Davison Art Center gallery was open with the exhibition Andrew Raftery: Open House on view.

FDAC 50th-Anniversary Benefit Reception

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Attendees celebrated the FDAC's 50th anniversary in the Alsop House courtyard tent with conviviality, cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres, live music by grapes and kisses, a silent auction, and more.

WeSlam presents a poetry showcase

Student member event
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Student event featuring poetry and live music in the gallery. Organized by WeSlam and sponsored by the FDAC.

Artful Lunch

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
Joseph Siry, Professor of Art History
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes--or in this case, one house, one speaker, fifteen minutes, as Professor Siry spoke about the historic Alsop House. The FDAC sponsors these presentations by Wesleyan faculty about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Attendees bring a bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.

The Big Draw: Middletown

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Celebrating drawing in all its forms, this day-long event encouraged creativity, exploration, invention, and fun. The Big Draw: Middletown was accessible to people of all ages, from grade-schoolers to university students, parents, adult amateur artists, and anyone who has ever picked up a pencil. It included collaborative projects with student volunteers from Middletown High School and Wesleyan University. Activities included automatic drawing, a drawing scavenger hunt, mapping, mural-making, and an impromptu exhibition. Presented by the FDAC with support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the Middlesex County Community Foundation, and additional co-funders, The Big Draw: Middletown was free of charge and open to all.

Reception and gallery talk: With a Lot of Help from Our Friends

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The opening reception for the DAC's spring exhibition, With a Lot of Help from Our Friends: 50 Years of Acquisitions Funded by the Friends of the Davison Art Center.

Artful Lunch

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
Michael Roth, Wesleyan University President and University Professor
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes.

Lecture by David Schorr: Approaching Apothecary

Wednesday 22 February, 4:30 p.m., CFA Hall
The DAC gallery was open after the lecture.

Artful Lunch

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
David Schorr, Professor of Art
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes.

Reception and gallery talk: APOTHECARY (storehouse)

Friday, February 3, 2012, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
David Schorr, Professor of Art
The opening reception for the DAC's winter exhibition, APOTHECARY (storehouse): new paintings by David Schorr. The artist spoke at 5:30.

Tour of New York City Photograph Galleries

Saturday, November 12, 2011, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This Friends of the Davison Art Center event was led by noted collector and Wesleyan University professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak. The participants met in New York, visited galleries on 57th Street and in Chelsea, and enjoyed a prix-fixe lunch in a cozy Chelsea bistro.

Artful Lunch

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 12:10 p.m.
Sasha Rudensky, Assistant Professor of Art
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. The FDAC sponsors these presentations by Wesleyan faculty about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Attendees bring a bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.

Artful Lunch

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 12:10 p.m.
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies and Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes.

Artful Lunch

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 12:10 p.m.
Elizabeth Milroy, Professor of Art History
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes.

Decadent Desserts

Student member event
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Student members of the FDAC enjoyed desserts and music in the courtyard, along with an open gallery.

Dürer, Rembrandt, Picasso: Reconsidering the Masters at the Davison Art Center

Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30 p.m., September 7, 14, and 21, 2011
The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Friends of the Davison Art Center presented this short course on three of the most influential printmakers: Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Pablo Picasso. Why did these important painters devote significant time throughout their careers to making prints? What artistic and technical challenges seized their imaginations? How could prints convey ideas, and bring fame and fortune? Taught by Curator Clare Rogan, the course met at the Davison Art Center to view selected master prints from the collection.

"Circle 50" Cocktail Party

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
This members-only event kicked off the FDAC's 50th-Anniversary year (2011-2012) just a bit in advance! Attendees reconnected with FDAC friends, voted on artworks to add to the collection, and more.

Decadent Desserts

Student member event
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Student members of the FDAC enjoyed desserts and music in the courtyard, along with an open gallery.

Art and Conservation in New Haven

Saturday, April 2, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friends of the Davison Art Center could join a special tour of the conservation laboratory of the Yale Center for British Art, learning how conservators examine artwork and how different art media present different issues. Lunch was included.

Tour of New York City Photograph Galleries

Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This tour of New York photograph galleries was led by noted collector and Wesleyan professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak. A prix-fixe lunch was included.

The Perfect Omelet: Taste & Tyranny

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
History and mysteries of the omelet, with a demonstration of cooking technique by John Finn, Wesleyan professor of Government and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Professor Finn discussed how the search for the perfect omelet is not simply a question of what tastes good, but also about how "taste," whether gustatory or aesthetic, is inescapably political.

Behind the Scenes at the DAC

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
FDAC members saw the treasures of the DAC in a members-only tour with Curator Clare Rogan.

Flying Pizza Party

Student member event
Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Pizza and music in the courtyard, open gallery for student members

Wesleyan students joined us in the Davison Art Center Courtyard for the FDAC's first-ever Flying Pizza Party. This student event featured a special "Pie" Baking Contest. Pizza judging was based on aesthetic quality, originality, and tastiness, amid a pizza potluck dinner with supplementary pies provided by the Davison Art Center. There also was live music and a look at the exhibition Art and Appetite.

WESeminar: "A Splendid Palace in Middletown": Celebrating theRichard Alsop IV House

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 2:00 P.M., Room 100, Davison Art Center
Part of Wesleyan's Reunion/Commencement weekend, this event was coordinated with the FDAC-sponsored reception noted further below.

In 1844, a visitor to the Alsop House described it as "a splendid Palace in Middletown the walls & ceilings are of plaster of paris beautifully decorated by eminent Artists...." In 2009, the National Parks Service honored the historic importance of the house and the wall paintings by designating the Alsop House a National Historic Landmark. There are fewer than 2,500 National Historic Landmarks in the United States and only 60 in the state of Connecticut. This event offered a discussion about the history of the Alsop House and its place in American architecture.

Introduction: Elizabeth Milroy is professor of art history and teaches the history of art and material culture in North America. She is a visiting scholar in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, and is completing a major history of Philadelphia's cultural landscapes titled The Green Country Town: William Penn's Legacy and the Birth of Philadelphia's Public Parks, 1682-1882.

Presenters: Alain Munkittrick (B.A. Wesleyan 1973) is an associate of Munkittrick Associates, which provides architecture, interior design, and space planning services. He was the first student appointed to the Wesleyan Landmarks Advisory Board and served on the WLAB for almost 25 years. Joseph Siry is professor of art history and teaches history of modern architecture and urbanism, mainly in Europe and the United States. His current book is Beth Sholom: Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture. He was a 1994 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Dedication of the Richard Alsop IV House as a National Historic Landmark

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
Richard Alsop IV House and Davison Art Center courtyard
Sponsored by the Friends of the Davison Art Center

Tour of the Arts in Providence, Rhode Island

Saturday, May 1, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The FDAC offered this special tour of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, as well as additional sites in Providence. The group met at the new wing of the RISD Museum, designed by Rafeo Moneo, and enjoyed a personal tour of the exhibition Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line, led by Jan Howard, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. They also toured the museum's new study room for works on paper. A prix-fixe lunch at a noted seafood restaurant was included. The afternoon continued with a tour of the John Brown House Museum, one of the grandest houses in the United States when it was completed in 1788.

Children's Art Workshop

Saturday, April 24, 2010, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

FDAC docents conducted a workshop for children in grades one through six. Children viewed the Robin Price exhibition and created their own artist's books.

Studio Visit with Robin Price, Publisher

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Book artist Robin Price hosted a special visit to her studio for members of the Friends of the DAC and Friends of the Wesleyan Library. The visit included a demonstration of letterpress printing and a discussion of how she develops and creates her artist's books.

Other FDAC Events

Other FDAC events include the annual Holiday Print Sale; such major fund-raisers as benefit auctions every five years; and members-only parties, receptions, and trips to other museums. The FDAC also used to present occasional Heirloom Discovery Days.