Larry Silver Photography Exhibit: Opening Lecture, March 24

Larry Silver Photography Exhibit: Opening Lecture, March 24

Larry Silver, Sitting at Water's Edge

Larry Silver, Sitting at Water's Edge, Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT, 2014, archival inkjet print, courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York. © Larry Silver

Opening night of 13 Ways of Looking at Landscape: Larry Silver’s Connecticut Photos at the Walsh Gallery will begin with a 5 p.m. lecture by guest curator and art historian Leslie K. Brown, PhD.

The Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM) will host a lecture and reception to celebrate the opening of 13 Ways of Looking at Landscape: Larry Silver’s Connecticut Photographs, on view at the Walsh Gallery from March 25 until June 18. Guest curator and art historian Leslie K. Brown, PhD, will speak at 5 p.m., with a reception to follow at 6 p.m.

Patrons are invited to attend in person at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts or view the lecture remotely via livestream at

"We are thrilled," said Carey Mack Weber, the museum's Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director, "to celebrate our first in-person opening in two years with food and drink, where we can raise a glass together. I hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate Silver’s distinguished career and remarkable body of work."

Larry Silver, a Photo League-inspired photographer still working today, moved from Greater New York to Westport, Conn., in 1973 and, with his camera, began exploring its regional environs. This exhibition will bring together more than 40 years of Silver's Connecticut work and will consider how he continues to push the boundaries of what landscape and looking are — and can be.

The exhibition title is a nod to poet Wallace Stevens, who also called Connecticut his home for decades, and specifically to Stevens' poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. The exhibition layout will echo the iconic poem and be installed in clusters. Similar to what Stevens called “sensations,” each grouping of Silver’s photographs will gather images across several of his series and reflect upon different facets of his work, while offering the audience a unique viewing and spatial experience.

This multifaceted but focused theme will showcase Silver’s work from several areas of the state and highlight different kinds of “-scapes.” Exuding a sense of quiet contemplation and a studied approach, Silver engages ideas of observation and framing in his lyrical compositions. Many of his photographs, for example, feature figures looking out at the view or back toward the photographer, along with scenes viewed through — and transformed by — weather and atmosphere, light and shadow, perspectives and formats, and nature and the built environment.

Learn more about the exhibition on the FUAM's website and register for the event today

This event is part of the Edwin L. Weisl Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Opening Lecture: 13 Ways of Looking at Landscape: Larry Silver’s CT Photos

Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 5 p.m. lecture, 6 p.m. reception

We invite you to join the conversation via the following options:

  • In person in the Kelley Theater in the Quick Center for the Arts
  • Streaming via

Additional Details:

As of February 28, masks are now recommended, but not required to visit or attend FUAM events.

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