Past Art Talks

Past art talks at the Center for the Arts.


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2018

April

Senior Talks in the History of Art
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall Room 112 [Date added]
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History will present their talks.
Senior Talks in the History of Art
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall Room 112
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History will present their talks.
Artful Lunch Series: Elijah Huge
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
A presentation by Associate Professor of Art and Environmental Studies Elijah Huge about his favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.

March

Guided Exhibition Tours: A New Subjectivity
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Take a closer look at A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting After 2000 by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.
Rachel (Ren) Ellis Neyra: Unruly Audition
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Assistant Professor of English Rachel (Ren) Ellis Neyra imagines where unruly audition may become a riot.

February

Lecture by Jesse LeCavalier: Landscapes of Fulfillment
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 4:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A lecture by Jesse LeCavalier (LECAVALIER R +D). He is a designer, writer, and educator whose work explores the architectural and urban implications of contemporary logistics.
Guided Exhibition Tours: A New Subjectivity
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Take a closer look at A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting After 2000 by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.
Art Lecture by Claire Bishop: Information Overload
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 4:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Claire Bishop, an art historian and Professor of Contemporary Art at the CUNY Graduate Center, will give a new lecture on her current research project, Information Overload, which considers research-based art as a symptom of contemporary information management and paralyzed decision-making.
Guided Exhibition Tours: A New Subjectivity
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Take a closer look at A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting After 2000 by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.
Exhibition Walk-Through: A New Subjectivity
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Join Assistant Professor of Art History Claire Grace and Visiting Instructor of Art History Caitlin Woolsey for an informal gallery walk-through and a discussion of the work and themes in the exhibition A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting After 2000.
Guided Exhibition Tours: A New Subjectivity
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Take a closer look at A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting After 2000 by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.
Opening Reception: A New Subjectivity
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting After 2000, an exhibition composed entirely of paintings by women, attempts to categorize Expressionism in new terms. Remarks by Guest Curator Jason Stopa at 5pm.
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Reclaiming the Gaze
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 5:00pm
Davison Art Center
The exhibition Reclaiming the Gaze was organized from the Davison Art Center collection by seven Wesleyan University students in the class "Advanced Themes in 20th Century Afro-American Art" taught by Professor of Art History Peter Mark.

2017

November

Artist Talk: Laylah Ali
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Black Pulp! exhibition artist Laylah Ali is best known for her paintings of meticulously drawn, colorful allegorical figures, including her long running "Greenheads Series" and her newest work "The Acephalous Series."

October

Opening Reception: UP IN ARMS
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5:00pm
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
UP IN ARMS is a multi-media group exhibition that explores the historic and social issues surrounding the divisive nature of gun ownership in the United States.
Artful Lunch Series: Rob Lancefield [CANCELED]
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Rob Lancefield, Manager of Museum Information Services and Registrar of Collections, Davison Art Center, discusses his favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.

September

At the Border of Truth: Photographing the New East
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 5:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Assistant Professor of Art Sasha Rudensky will give an artist's lecture focusing on her series of photographic and video projects.
Opening and Gallery Talk: Jiaqi Maria Ma - ( BEIJING l 北京 )
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 12:30pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center
Opening and Gallery Talk with Professor of Art Tula Telfair for exhibition of paintings by Jiaqi Maria Ma '17; celebrating the start of the 30th anniversary season of the College of East Asian Studies.
Opening Reception: Black Pulp!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The Black Pulp! exhibition examines the evolving perspectives of black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 2016.
Three in 30: Black Pulp!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 4:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Three in 30 gallery tour brings three Wesleyan faculty members into Zilkha Gallery to discuss a selected work from the Black Pulp! exhibition with Guest Curator William Villalongo for ten minutes each.
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Sasha Rudensky—Acts and Illusions
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:00pm
Davison Art Center
Assistant Professor of Art Sasha Rudensky's photographs track a lost generation that has come of age during the Vladimir Putin era.

April

Senior Talks in the History of Art
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History present their talks.
Artful Lunch Series: Esther Rodriguez Camara
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Romance Languages and Literatures graduate student Esther Rodriguez Camara talks about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.

March

Artful Lunch Series: Rhea Higgins
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Rhea Higgins. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy conversation following the talk.

February

Artful Lunch Series: Sharifa Lookman '17
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Sharifa Lookman '17. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy conversation following the talk.

2016

November

A Reading by Writer Jonathan Galassi
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Jonathan Galassi is a poet, a novelist, and renowned translator of Italian poetry.
Artful Lunch Series: Julia Randall
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Wesleyan University’s Associate Professor of Art Julia Randall about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.

October

Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes—Michael S. Roth Interviews Henry Adams
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 interviews Henry Adams about Professor of Art Tula Telfair’s new book, Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes. A book signing and reception to follow at 7pm in Zilkha South Gallery.
Artful Lunch Series: Michael Meere
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Wesleyan University’s Assistant Professor of French Michael Meere about his favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.

April

Senior Talks in the History of Art
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 4:30pm
41 Wyllys, Room 112
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History present their talks.
Artful Lunch Series: Melissa Katz
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History Melissa Katz talks about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.
Tour of New York City Photograph Galleries
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11:00am
New York City
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center on an exciting tour of New York City's photograph galleries.

March

Philip Trager: Photographing Ina
Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 5:00pm
Davison Art Center
Opening reception and conversation with Philip Trager '56 about his new series of images, his first in color photography.

February

China's Youth: Another Cultural Revolution
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
"We Chat" exhibition Guest Curator Barbara Pollack moderates a panel discussion about issues facing the post-Mao generation in China.
Artful Lunch Series: Peter Mark
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Professor of Art History Peter Mark discusses his favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.
Richard S. Field: Cutting Remarks II
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
Richard S. Field describes the intricacies and problems of the cutting techniques used in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Opening Reception: Light of the East - The Beauty of Movement in Silence
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 12:00pm
Mansfield Freeman Center
Opening and Gallery Talk with Curator Patrick Dowdey about the work of prominent Korean digital artists Youngho Kim and Jisong Lee.

January

Opening Reception: We Chat—A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
This exhibition debuts at Wesleyan, and features works by ten young artists that reflect the state of China today, and raise questions about the sustainability of national and cultural identity in an increasingly globalized world.

2015

November

In Conversation with Reid Farrington
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 5:00pm
CFA Hall
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New media artist, theater director, and designer Reid Farrington in conversation with composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois

October

Artful Lunch Series: Terttu Uibopuu
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Terttu Uibopuu, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, discusses her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.
Nirvana: Carbon Inks, Burning Forests, and the Buddhist Endgame
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 4:30pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center

Ian Boyden '95 discusses how his long-term exploration of the material and ecology of a forest fire took an unexpected philosophical turn when he presented his work to a Chinese audience.

September

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Tripod Complex
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center
Tripod Complex features monumental scrolls by Ian Boyden ’95 that are his meditation on the remains of ancient trees after a forest fire in Washington state
Opening Reception: Phantom Bodies: Photographs by Tanya Marcuse
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:00pm
Davison Art Center
The exhibition Phantom Bodies features haunting photographs by Tanya Marcuse evoking absent bodies in the U.S., England, Florence, and Vienna.
Artist Talk: Tanya Marcuse
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 5:00pm
CFA Hall

The exhibition Phantom Bodies features haunting photographs by Tanya Marcuse evoking absent bodies in the U.S., England, Florence, and Vienna.

Opening Reception: R. Luke DuBois - In Real Time
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 5:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Genre-defying composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois creates maps, scores, and videos that use real-time data flows and media footage to raise questions of artistic agency, privacy, and fair use.
Artist Talk: R. Luke DuBois
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 4:30pm
CFA Hall

Genre-defying composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois discusses In Real Time, the first major gallery presentation of his work.

May

Artist Talk: A Body in Fukushima
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:00am
CFA Hall
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston will talk about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima.

April

Artful Lunch Series: Lucas McLaughlin
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for presentations by Wesleyan faculty and students about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.
The Big Draw: Middletown
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, Art Workshops, and Davison Art Center
This fourth annual community event invites everyone to celebrate drawing in all its forms with workshops for people of all skill levels, from beginners to accomplished artists.
Senior Talks in the History of Art
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 4:30pm
41 Wyllys, Room 112
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History will present their talks: Alexa Burzinski, Brandon Eng, Rachel Pei Hirsch, Samuel Usdan, and Gavriella Wolf.
Photographs of Civilization
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Room 106
Mark Steinmetz '82 will discuss "Photographs of Civilization" as part of the Silipo Art and Art History Lecture Series.
Opening Reception: Beyond the Veil - A Photography Exhibition
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:30pm
Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown
The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut coordinates an exhibition of photography focused on Muslim women in America.
Artful Lunch Series: Claire Grace
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for presentations by Wesleyan faculty and students about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.
Silipo Art and Art History Lecture Series: Vincent Debiais
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 4:15pm
41 Wyllys Avenue, Room 112
Vincent Debiais will discuss "The Surveyor Angel: Writing and Images in the Cloister of the Abbey of Moissac" as part of the Silipo Art and Art History Lecture Series.

March

The Long Way "Home": Art, Change, and Imagination
Monday, March 30, 2015 at 4:15pm
Romance Languages and Literatures Lounge, 300 High Street
An artist talk by Sundus Abdul Hadi about re-claiming identity, overcoming struggle, and using art as a vehicle for social change.
Opening Reception: Personal Recollections - Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:00pm
Davison Art Center
Inspired by anthropological theories of gift-giving, Jolie Stahl and Robert Dannin recently donated a collection of 69 prints, photographs, and multiples to the Davison Art Center in honor of their daughter, Isadora Dannin ’14.

February

Artist Panel: Picture/Thing
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 4:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
A panel discussion about the Picture/Thing exhibition featuring artists Leslie Hewitt, Jon Kessler, and Letha Wilson; and the curators Sasha Rudensky and Jeffrey Schiff.

Artful Lunch Series: Laurie Nussdorfer
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join Professor of History and Letters Laurie Nussdorfer as she shares her favorite works in the Davison Art Center collection.
Artist Lecture: Rachel Harrison '89
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 4:30pm
CFA Hall
"Putty in the Blister," a lecture by Rachel Harrison '89, one of the ten artists featured in the Picture/Thing exhibition.
Artist Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 5:30pm
CFA Hall
Artist talk with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima. Following the talk will be a walking tour of the three galleries, with a reception in each location.

January

Opening Reception: Picture/Thing
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery
Picture/Thing presents ten artists—Kendall Baker, Isidro Blasco, Rachel Harrison '89, Leslie Hewitt, Jon Kessler, Anouk Kruithof, Marlo Pascual, Mariah Robertson, Erin Shirreff, and Letha Wilson—who make hybrid objects that challenge the limits of photography and sculpture at a time when the definitions of the two media continue to evolve. Curated by Assistant Professor of Art Sasha Rudensky and Professor of Art Jeffrey Schiff.

2014

December

Monks in Glaze: Workshop, Patronage, and Iconography of Large Luohan Statues from North China
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 4:30pm
41 Wyllys Avenue, Room 114
"Monks in Glaze: Workshop, Patronage, and Iconography of Large Luohan Statues from North China," a lecture by Eileen Hsiang-ling Hsu.

November

Posters, Propaganda, and the American Experience in World War I
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:00pm
CFA Hall
Roundtable discussion with Professor of English Sean McCann, Professor of History Ronald Schatz, and Olin Professor of American Studies, Emeritus Richard S. Slotkin.
Eiko Otake: Nakedness
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4:30pm
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Seminar Room
Visiting Artist in Dance and the College of East Asian Studies Eiko Otake will give a lecture, titled “Nakedness,” during which she will discuss physical, metaphorical, and metaphysical nakedness, and explore what it means for an artist to be naked.

October

Painting for the People: Lithography in France in the 19th Century
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00pm
Davison Art Center, Print Reference Library
Join the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Friends of the Davison Art Center for Painting for the People, a short course on French lithographs in the 19th century.
Artful Lunch Series: Keiji Shinohara
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join Artist in Residence Keiji Shinohara as he shares his favorite works in the Davison Art Center collection.

September

Panel Discussion: The Science of A World of Dreams
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
“The Science of A World of Dreams” will include panelists Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies Barry Chernoff, John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy William Herbst, Professor of Computer Science James Lipton, and Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science Johan Varekamp, and as moderator, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Ishita Mukerji.
Artist Talk: Tula Telfair
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00pm
CFA Hall
Tula Telfair shares her private vision of the beauty and majesty of the natural world.
Gallery Talk: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight—Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 4:30pm
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Photographers Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker sensitively portray captive animals in an evocative exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on our complicated relationships with other animals.
Opening Reception: A World of Dreams—New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:00pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The exhibition includes new large-scale paintings in which Professor of Art Tula Telfair presents monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and intimate.
Opening Reception: Call to Action— American Posters in World War I
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:00pm
Davison Art Center
Selected from the collection of the Davison Art Center, the exhibition includes more than 30 American World War I posters designed by James Montgomery Flagg, Howard Chandler Christy, and others.
Opening Reception: Not of This World
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:00pm
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery
Uncover the hidden stories of East Asia's religion and folklore in this exhibition of the most compelling artworks from Wesleyan's College of East Asian Studies.

July

James Grashow: Art and Cardboard
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 12:10pm
CFA Hall
James Grashow returns to Wesleyan to discuss his recent work with corrugated cardboard.