Upcoming Exhibitions

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Our exhibitions change each semester. Below is information about exhibitions planned for Spring 2022.
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: 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

Women’s Rights are Human Rights Poster

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

Walsh Gallery

January 20 – April 8, 2023

Gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in global society: women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage disparities; are often denied access to basic education and health care; suffer from violence and discrimination; and are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes. The more than 80 posters, created by artists worldwide, celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens should play in protecting and promoting human rights while actively challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing sexual and reproductive rights, and protecting women and girls against brutality. In their collective visual voice, these posters promote women’s empowerment and participation in society while challenging religious and cultural norms and patriarchal attitudes that subordinate, stigmatize, or restrict women from achieving their fullest potential.

Co-curated by Fairfield University faculty, Jocelyn Boryczka, PhD, Rachelle Brunn-Bevel, PhD, Liz Hohl, PhD, Johanna Garvey, PhD, and Anna Lawrence, PhD in collaboration with museum staff.
Norma Minkowitz, Baggage

Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

January 27 – April 21, 2023

For over five decades, Connecticut-based artist Norma Minkowitz has used fiber to explore the fundamental tensions of being human. Her crocheted and interlaced threads, stiffened into hard mesh-like structures, seemingly defy gravity to take the form of wearables, vessels, figurative sculpture, and drawings. Presenting a range of works spanning her entire career, this exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the dualities of delicacy and strength, nature and culture, body and spirit. 

Image: Norma Minkowitz, Baggage, 2007, fiber, paint, resin, courtesy of the artist

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Peter Anton: Just Desserts

Walsh Gallery

April 28 – July 15, 2023

This whimsical exhibition of Peter Anton’s outsized, hyper-realistic sculptures of sweets will include ice cream cones, cakes and confections. Anton has experimented with various methods, including wood, metal, plaster, resin, and oil and acrylic paints to achieve the physicality of his monumental desserts. He chooses subjects that encourage people to think about their own relationship to food, and the memories and nostalgia that these childhood favorites conjure.

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