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EXHIBITIONS

Thursday, May 19–Sunday, May 22

NOON–4 P.M. • OPEN TO ALL

 

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery  

Nina Felshin, curator

Brett Cook-Dizney: Social Studies

Artist Brett Cook-Dizney mines his life experiences, including his biracial upbringing, to comment on the social and cultural realities of contemporary America. His large shrine-like installations combine painting, stylish line drawings and all manner of personal memorabilia, and reveal a fascination with graffiti, street culture and sculptural form. The artist will also be represented by mixed media spray-painted portraits of Arundhati Roy, James Baldwin, Fela Kuti, and others.

 

Davison Art Center

Ellen G. D’Oench, interim curator

A Passion for Prints

The exhibition presents highlights from the DAC collection. It focuses on prints that were acquired by George W. Davison (class of 1892), who gave them to Wesleyan from the 1930s until his last bequest in 1953. Also on view are selected acquisitions made by curators in subsequent years. Jesse Feiman ’05 and Dan Zolli ’07 curated the exhibition.

 

Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

Patrick Dowdey, curator

Faces of Tibet Today: Photographs by Ge Jialin

Ge Jialin is one of China’s leading travel photographers. His color portraits of Tibetan people bring to life the vivid charm, strength, and beauty of the people of the plateau. The personality and life in these photographs catch in striking detail the spirit of modern Tibetans. The images create a vision of Tibetan life by an artist who has lived with and learned from the Tibetan people. Born in 1938, Ge Jialin has spent his life traveling through the Tibetan regions on motorcycle with his camera. He has published three books, has been in numerous exhibitions in Asia, and has won several awards. This is the first exhibition of his works in the United States.

 

Olin Memorial Library

open Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Luce Project Archivist, Patrica Stark, curator

Strangers In A Foreign Land: Wesleyan Missionaries In China, 1831–1950

The Wesleyan community’s early missionary interest in China dates back to 1834 with the founding of the Missionary Lyceum. This was one of Wesleyan’s first student groups, organized after an address to the undergraduates by Willbur Fisk, Wesleyan’s first president and a prominent Methodist, on the importance of “forming a society having for its principal object the benefit of the Missionary Cause.” Although there was never an established “Wesleyan-in-China” program, more than 30 Wesleyan alumni served as missionaries and educators in China between the founding of Wesleyan and the end of World War II. This exhibition explores Wesleyan’s early ties with China.