Current Exhibitions

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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.
Adger Cowans, Egg Nude, 1958, silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York. © Adger Cowans

Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

January 28 – June 18, 2022

Adger Cowans (American, b. 1936) is celebrated as one of the founding members of the Black photographers' group called Kamoinge. Curated by Halima Taha, PhD, this exhibition will explore how Cowans uses photography as a vehicle to articulate beauty within the human condition, and the world in which we live, and will feature over fifty works from across his illustrious career as a photographer of portraiture, landscape, and film.

Image: Adger Cowans, Egg Nude, 1958, silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York. © Adger Cowans

Larry Silver, Sunset at Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT, 1978. Courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York © Larry Silver

13 Ways of Looking at Landscape: Larry Silver's Connecticut Photographs

Walsh Gallery

March 25 – June 18, 2022

Larry Silver, a Photo League-inspired photographer still working today, moved from Greater New York to Westport, CT in 1973. With his camera, he began exploring his new regional environs, and pushing the boundaries of what landscape and looking is and can be. This exhibition, curated by Leslie K. Brown, PhD, will bring together over 40 years of Silver's work made of and in Connecticut.

Image: Larry Silver, Sitting at Water's Edge, Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT, 2014/2022,Courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York © Larry Silver

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Leaves: The Endangered Species of New England

Bellarmine Lawn

December 1, 2021 - December 1, 2022

The leaves installed on the Bellarmine lawn are on loan to the Fairfield University Art Museum for the next year from the American artist Alan Sonfist (b. 1946), best known as a pioneer of the Land or Earth Art movement. These four larger-than-life aluminum sculptures of leaves were created in 2011 and represent several of New England’s most beloved native trees: the American Beech, the American Chestnut, the Burr Oak, and the Sugar Maple. The sculpted leaves act as reminders to honor and protect the trees, and as a warning that failure to do so could result in their extinction.

The museum is working with the Biology Department, the Environmental Studies Program and the artist, around a series of programs to be presented in the spring of 2022 to highlight these sculptures, along with climate change and endangered species.

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