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Museums at Fairfield University

Exhibitions

The Fairfield University Art Museum presents four to six temporary exhibitions annually in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries and the Walsh Gallery. These exhibitions survey a wide swath of centuries and cultures, from the ancient world to modern and contemporary, and are accompanied by an array of educational programming for all audiences. 

Richard Lytle

Richard Lytle: A Retrospective

Walsh Gallery

September 15, 2017 – February 3, 2018

Richard Lytle (American, b. 1935) has been exhibiting his work internationally since the mid-1950s. He attended the Cooper Union, then graduated from Yale University with a BFA in 1957 and from Yale College of Art with an MFA in 1960. While still in graduate school, he was selected for Dorothy Miller’s seminal 1959 “Sixteen Americans” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was in auspicious company, as this exhibition introduced the museum-going world to Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson and Ellsworth Kelly among others. 

Lytle’s paintings and drawings have been included in many solo and group exhibitions including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Harvard University and elsewhere, and have been featured at American Embassies around the world and at the World’s Fair in Seattle. He has received many prestigious awards including the Saint-Gaudens Medal and the Citation for Professional Achievement from Cooper Union. His work is to be found in many public and private collections including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Williams College Museum of Art.

Mastery of color is a hallmark of Lytle’s work, which ranges from realist to abstraction, and which has always found its inspiration in the organic world. His dreamlike images move across spaces suggestive of landscapes, often in joyful biomorphic abstraction. Some focus on plants and natural shapes that are magnified beyond recognition, while others include elements chosen by the artist for their sensuous colors and patterning. 

Richard Lytle’s connection to Fairfield University dates back to a commission he received for drawings for the exterior bas-relief sculptures for the Barone Campus Center in 1965.  The sculptures are now visible inside and on the exterior of the newly completed Tully Dining Commons building.  Organized as part of the celebration of Fairfield University’s 75th anniversary, this retrospective is a celebration of that long relationship.  It includes Lytle’s original drawings for the bas-reliefs – a recent gift to the museum from the artist – early charcoal drawings from the 1960s Nude Figures Series, a selection of Pod Series drawings from the 1970s, as well as watercolors and large oil paintings spanning the breadth of Lytle’s career. 

Generous support for the exhibition is provided by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.

THE HOLY NAME
Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

February 2 – May 19, 2018

This major international loan exhibition will bring together for the first time an important group of dazzling and historically important works of art to tell the twin stories of the rise of the Society of Jesus in Rome and the building and embellishment of the Gesù, its glorious mother church, in the very center of the city. Masterpieces on view include art from the Gesù itself (never before lent to America), the most spectacular being the great Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s marble bust of Jesuit theologian and cardinal Roberto Bellarmino, and paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints from numerous museums and private collections in America.

 

Organized with the endorsement of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the exhibition celebrates Fairfield University's Jesuit and Ignation heritage, and will be the catalyst for a rich program of lectures and curricular initiatives. Students, faculty and members of the public will be introduced to works by some of the leading artists of Renaissance and Baroque Rome, commissioned by the Jesuits to promote their power and prestige, serve the order's preaching mission, and trumpet its message of spiritual enlightenment, religious reform, and the Militant Church reborn.

Find more information on the Saint Ignatius Chapel in the Gesù on Khan Academy's website: Pozzo, Saint Ignatius Chapel, Il Gesù.

Generous support for the exhibition is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.

Image Copyright The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhibitions are generally planned about two years in advance and will be listed here as soon as the exhibition dates and venue, as well as most other details, are confirmed.

Past Exhibitions

The Fairfield University Art Museum was founded in the fall of 2010 as the Bellarmine Museum of Art. The museum changed its name in the fall of 2016. All of the past exhibitions of the museum and the Walsh Gallery (which was operated independently until 2013) are listed here. To access and download digital materials for exhibitions since 2010 you can access the museum’s digital archive.





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