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Museums at Fairfield University

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.

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

William Kentridge: Universal Archive

William Kentridge:
Universal Archive

Walsh Gallery

March 1 – May 19, 2018

The Fairfield University Art Museum will present William Kentridge: Universal Archive, an exhibition of new work by renowned South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955), inspired during the writing of his Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 2012. In this expanding series, a familiar personal iconography is revisited – coffee pots, typewriters, cats, trees, nudes and other imagery – an intimate thematic repertoire that has appeared in art and stage productions throughout the artist’s career. The exhibition features over 75 linocut prints which are meticulously based on ink sketches and are printed on non-archival dictionary and encyclopedia pages from the 1950s. The prints, which shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed images of abstract marks, form juxtapositions that suggest skepticism about the creative process and knowledge construction.

Guns in the Hands of Artists

Walsh Gallery

June 1 – October 13, 2018

The Fairfield University Art Museum presents Guns in the Hands of Artists, a pivotal exhibition that has started a national dialogue within the arts. Conceived of in the mid-1990s, the exhibition grew out of artist Brian Borrello's response to the growing gun violence crisis in New Orleans. Together with gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara, the two mounted the first Guns in the Hands of Artists show in 1996.

In 2014, Ferrara reorganized the exhibition to feature work by internationally recognized artists. Through their own medium, each artist has used the decommissioned firearms to create works that express a thought, make a statement, open a discussion, and stimulate thinking about guns in our culture.

In collaboration with Quick Center for the Arts, the museum hopes to engage partners and collaborators in taking a hard look at the serious public health consequences of gun violence in America. Our additional programming, including faculty panel discussions, will offer unique opportunities to engage in the conversation about guns in our society, using art as the catalyst for dialogue.

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