The Davison Art Center (DAC) holds Wesleyan's collection of more than 24,000 works of art on paper, chiefly prints and photographs. The print collection is among the finest at any U.S. university. The collection supports teaching and learning from objects in many ways, and the DAC gallery presents public exhibitions during the academic year. The links to the left lead to more information about the DAC collection and programs.
Planes, Trains, and AutomobilesFriday January 31, 2014 - Thursday March 6, 2014
The gallery is currently closed.
Recently on view, this exhibition showed how the excitement of speed and the metaphor of the machine join in images of airplanes, trains, and automobiles.
Opening and reception: Thursday, January 30, 5:00 pm
Gallery talk at 5:30 pm by Clare Rogan, Curator
Driven by Desire: French Automotive Designs and Greater France
Talk by Stéphanie Ponsavady, Assistant Professor of French
Thursday, February 6, 5:00 pm
Stéphanie Ponsavady spoke on French car culture and its relationship to the colonies throughout the 20th century. Far from being a peripheral market, the Colonial Empire was central to the French automobile industry's development, for instance providing rubber for tires and an exotic stage for adventure. Driving in Africa or Asia proved that "he who can do more can do less" as claimed in Renault's advertisements. Ultimately, the Empire embodied France's last automobile frontier. Ponsavady has published on car culture in contemporary France and French colonial Indochina.