Current Exhibitions

Fairfield University Art Museum

Current Exhibitions

The exhibitions listed below are currently on view in the Bellarmine Hall galleries and the Walsh Gallery. Related programs and events are listed on our calendar and on our Eventbrite page.
Rodin Sculpture

RODIN: TRUTH, FORM, LIFE Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections

Walsh Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts

September 13 – December 21, 2019

This small but powerful retrospective called RODIN: TRUTH, FORM, LIFE, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections is comprised of 22 bronzes.

Visitors to this exhibition will come face to face with the powerful emotions embedded in the works of the “father” of modern sculpture.

Rodin’s focus on depicting human emotion and intimate moments upended the world of traditional sculpture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His innovative processes of repetition and multiplication broke boundaries, and his influence endures today.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Mary Hamilton

Prints from the Age of Rodin

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

October 4 - December 21, 2019

Presented in conjunction with RODIN: TRUTH, FORM, LIFE / Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections (Walsh Gallery, September 13 – December 21, 2019), Prints from the Age of Rodin features lithographs and etchings by Rodin’s contemporaries, ranging from views of the urban environment of Paris, to portraits of artists, writers, and thinkers, to theater playbills and advertisements.

Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as selected items on loan from the Jundt Art Museum of Gonzaga University, the exhibition includes works by Berthe Morisot, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and Félix Vallotton that illuminate the rich cultural atmosphere of Paris during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Image: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Mary Hamilton, 1894. Lithograph. Promised gift of James Reed

David Hayes, Pendant n. 31, n.d. Brass. Collections of the artist

Sculptured Adornment: The Jewelry of David Hayes

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

October 4 - December 21, 2019

Humans have been crafting and wearing jewelry for the past 5,000 years. More than simple accessories, these objects serve as symbols of class, family, gender, and originality. Jewelry can also be seen as miniature sculptures worn on the body; in this light, jewelry celebrates the union of craft and materials, as artists have built upon both old and new techniques to create work that enriches the experience of both wearer and viewer. The exhibition Sculptured Adornment: The Jewelry of David Hayes focuses on the work of a sculptor who branched into jewelry-making during the 1950s. The pieces of jewelry on view primarily served as gifts for Hayes’ family members and friends, and represent the loving relationships he had with them. This exhibition, which opened at the Georgia Museum of Art in May 2019, presents these personal ornaments to the public for the first time. Hayes was born in 1931 and grew up in Connecticut during the Depression and the Second World War. He left New England for college in the Midwest, earning a bachelor’s degree in art from Notre Dame in 1953 and a master’s in 1955 from Indiana University. Hayes won a Fulbright scholarship and subsequently spent eight years in France. Along the way, he met several artists who influenced his skills and aesthetics, including the abstract sculptors David Smith and Alexander Calder. Hayes died in Coventry, CT in 2013. Hayes’ sculptures combined seemingly organic shapes with industrial materials, often on a monumental scale. His jewelry, in contrast, is small and delicate. This intimate exhibition includes approximately 40 brooches and pendants. Most of the brooches do not have clasps, leaving flexibility for the wearer to determine how to attach them to clothing. The hammered surfaces of these talisman-like objects brings the strength and mystery of iron-shaping into the 20th century. Both naturalistic and abstracted elements in the pieces on view suggest an otherworldly aesthetic.


Image: David Hayes, Pendant n. 31, n.d. Brass. Collections of the artist

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