Current Exhibitions

Brendan Fernandes: Inaction

Wednesday October 2, 2019 - Sunday December 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 4:30pm to 6pm; performance with Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin at 5pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

is a new sculptural and performance-based installation by Brendan Fernandes. The exhibition consists of sculptural elements, platforms, a large carpet, and a single channel video projection, Free Fall: For Camera. Working in collaboration with the architecture and design firm Norman Kelley, he designed mobile dance supports and platforms for activation by the audience and dancers. In public performances throughout the exhibition, his choreography guides dancers to interact with the minimalist, sculptural installations giving them agency to rearrange the sculptures–allowing new spaces in which to create movements.


Inaction Performances
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 5pm with Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5pm with Charles Gowin
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10pm with Brendan Fernandes (Inaction Dance Party - see below)
Monday, October 28, 2019 at 12:15pm with Brendan Fernandes (with Artist Talk by Brendan Fernandes)
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2pm with Charles Gowin
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 5pm
Thursday December 5, 2019 at 5pm with Charles Gowin

Students from Wesleyan's Dance Department perform; selected performances include Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin as noted above.

Inaction Dance Party
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10pm

Part performance, part dance party, the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery transforms into a night club in this event choreographed by artist Brendan Fernandes. The party continues his examinations of dancing as a site and act of liberation and resistance through queer communities. This special performance features students from Wesleyan’s Dance Department and live music. All are welcome to watch, dance, and create.

Guided Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, October 5 through December 7, 2019 at 1pm
No tours on Saturday, October 19 or Saturday, November 30, 2019

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides. Tours begin in the lobby of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. Public guided tours are for individuals and small groups up to ten people. Larger group visits can be arranged by emailing

Benjamin Chaffee, Associate Director of Visual Arts
Gallery Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, Noon–5pm
Thursday, Noon–7pm
Friday through Sunday, Noon–5pm