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.
El Greco, The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Infant John the Baptist

Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

September 16 – December 17, 2022

The exhibition, curated by Michelle DiMarzo, PhD together with Fairfield University undergraduate students, explores representations of femininity and virtue in Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary, female saints, and nuns. Lenders include the National Gallery of Art, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, with an emphasis on Samuel H. Kress Collection works currently in storage at their home institutions.

Image: El Greco, The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Infant John the Baptist, ca. 1595-1600, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1959.9.4

Santa Maria ad Martyres, Pantheon

Specimens and Reflections

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

September 16 – December 17, 2022

Digitally manipulated photographic panoramas of the interiors of Roman churches by Claudia Esslinger (Professor of Art, Kenyon College) are accompanied by the poetry of Royal Rhodes ‘68 (Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Kenyon College) in this unique exhibition that explores the intersection of word and image.

Image: Claudia Esslinger, Santa Maria ad Martyres, Pantheon, photograph, courtesy of the artist

Gladys Triana, Nothing is Sacred

Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment/Beyond Exile

Walsh Gallery

September 23 – December 17, 2022

Gladys Triana is a Cuban-born, New-York-based, multi-disciplinary artist whose work rebels against authoritarian rule, domination, and power. She explores themes related to the historical struggle of women and the condition of exile, as well as subjects such as ephemerality, memory, and ultimately the search for a language of transcendence. Triana’s body of work encompasses large-scale sculpture, immersive installations, photography, and mixed media, as well as painting and drawing. Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective, this two-venue survey (at the Fairfield University Art Museum and the Art Museum at University of St. Joseph) spans work from the 1970s to the present. The work at Fairfield will focus on her early years in New York, and her sense of exile and feelings of isolation.

Image: Gladys Triana, Nothing is Sacred, 1995, acrylic and mixed media on plywood. Courtesy of the artist

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Leaves: The Endangered Species of New England

Bellarmine Lawn

December 1, 2021 - June 1, 2023

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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