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Events are free, unless otherwise noted.

Virtual Opening Night Lecture: “Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks”
Birds of the the Northeast

Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, January 21 at 6 p.m. for the opening night lecture for Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks, presented by Brian Walker, PhD, professor of biology at Fairfield University.

Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks features paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and natural history specimens from the early 19th century through the present day. Curated by Carey Weber and Fairfield University biology professors Brian Walker, Jim Biardi, and Tod Osier, the show complements the installation on Fairfield’s campus of The Lost Bird Project by artist Todd McGrain. On view from October 2020 to June 2021, these five monumental sculptures were created as a public memorial to birds driven to extinction in modern times. Learn more about the exhibition here.

This event is presented in partnership with the Department of Biology. The Pequot Library, Southport, and Connecticut Audubon Society-Fairfield Region are community partners for this exhibition and its related programming.

Virtual Lecture: “Theater & Fashion in the Photography of Lalla Essaydi”
Lalla Essaydi artwork

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, January 28 at 6 p.m. for the opening night lecture for By Design: Theater and Fashion in the Photography of Lalla Essaydi, presented by the exhibition curator Cynthia Becker, associate professor of African art history and the History of Art and Architecture Department at Boston University.

By Design: Theater and Fashion in the Photography of Lalla Essaydi explores the artistic process behind the creation of Essaydi’s carefully staged photographs, which deconstruct and reimagine stereotypes of Muslim womanhood. Guest Curator Cynthia Becker has selected approximately 20 works spanning Essaydi’s career for inclusion in this groundbreaking exhibition. Becker notes that, “This is the first time an exhibition has emphasized fashion and staging in Essaydi’s work ...[she] might spend months creating a single garment to be worn in one of her carefully crafted tableaus. She spends hours arranging her models and, in the process, recreates the familial bonds so important to Moroccan women’s lives.”

Born in Morocco, Lalla Essaydi lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and studied painting and photography at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She currently lives between New York and Morocco. Her time in Morocco also exposed her to the nation’s rich history of architectural design and the ceremonial occasions so important to daily life, both of which are featured in her photographs. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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

Virtual Lecture: “Marsden Hartley: Painter of Birds”
Marsden Hartley artwork

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Jonathan Weinberg, artist and professor at Yale University School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, will give a virtual lecture titled “Marsden Hartley: Painter of Birds,” on Wednesday, February 10 at 6 p.m.

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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

The Pequot Library, Southport, and Connecticut Audubon Society-Fairfield Region are community partners for this exhibition and its related programming.

Art in Focus: Walton Ford, Dying Words
Walton Ford artwork

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 11 a.m.

Our virtual Art in Focus series offers the opportunity for a close look around a single work of art.

On Thursday, February 18 at 11 a.m., join curator of education and academic engagement Michelle DiMarzo ’07, PhD, for a discussion of Walton Ford’s Dying Words, 2005, etching.

Take a peek at Dying Words, and send any questions you have about the artwork ahead of the Art in Focus to Dr. Michelle DiMarzo.

Virtual Lecture: “Birding While Black”
Drew Lanham

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 2 at 5 p.m., J. Drew Lanham, professor of wildlife ecology and master teacher and certified wildlife biologist at Clemson University, will give a virtual lecture titled “Birding While Black.”

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Presented in partnership with the Department of Biology. The Pequot Library, Southport, and Connecticut Audubon Society-Fairfield Region are community partners for this exhibition and its related programming.

Virtual Workshop: “Learn How to Draw a Bird”

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 5 p.m.

Join us in the virtual classroom for an online drawing workshop!

This workshop, “Learn How to Draw a Bird” will be led by Suzanne Chamlin, associate professor of studio art in the Department of Visual & Performing Arts.

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Virtual Lecture: “Lalla Essaydi and the Art of Costume”

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 10 at 5 p.m., Julie Learson, costumier at Theatre Fairfield, will give a virtual lecture titled “Lalla Essaydi and the Art of Costume.”

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition By Design: Theater and Fashion in the Photography of Lalla Essaydi. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Art in Focus: Augustus of Prima Porta

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 11 a.m.

Our virtual Art in Focus series offers the opportunity for a close look around a single work of art.

On Thursday, March 18, join curator of education and academic engagement Michelle DiMarzo ’07, PhD, for a discussion of the Unknown Roman, Augustus of Prima Porta, 1st century CE, plaster cast.

Take a peek at Augustus of Prima Porta, and send any questions you have about the artwork ahead of the Art in Focus to Dr. Michelle DiMarzo.

Virtual Lecture: “Nature’s Best Hope”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 23 at 5 p.m., Douglas Tallamy, professor of entomology at University of Delaware, will give a virtual lecture titled “Nature’s Best Hope.” This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Presented in partnership with the Department of Biology. The Pequot Library, Southport, and Connecticut Audubon Society-Fairfield Region are community partners for this exhibition and its related programming.

Virtual Lecture: “Rara avis: John James Audubon: Artist, Naturalist, & Early Conservationist”

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m., Roberta Olson, curator of the New York Historical Society and professor of art history emerita at Wheaton College, will give a virtual lecture titled “Rara avis: John James Audubon: Artist, Naturalist, and Early Conservationist.” This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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

Presented in partnership with the Department of Biology. The Pequot Library, Southport, and Connecticut Audubon Society-Fairfield Region are community partners for this exhibition and its related programming.

Art in Focus: Diptych: Scenes from the Life of Christ and the Virgin

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 11 a.m.

Our virtual Art in Focus series offers the opportunity for a close look around a single work of art.

On Thursday, April 15, join curator of education and academic engagement Michelle DiMarzo ’07, PhD, for a discussion of the Unknown French, Diptych: Scenes from the Life of Christ and the Virgin, mid-14th century, relief sculpture, ivory.

Take a peek at Scenes from the Life of Christ and the Virgin and send any questions you have about the artwork ahead of the Art in Focus to Dr. Michelle DiMarzo.

Virtual Lecture: “Women, Status, and the Family Code in Morocco”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m., Silvia Marsans-Sakly, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of History, will give a virtual lecture titled “Women, Status, and the Family Code in Morocco.” This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition By Design: Theater and Fashion in the Photography of Lalla Essaydi. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Art in Focus: Lalla Essaydi, Harem Revisited #31

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 11 a.m.

Our virtual Art in Focus series offers the opportunity for a close look around a single work of art.

On Thursday, May 20th, join curator of education and academic engagement Michelle DiMarzo ’07, PhD, for a discussion of Lalla Essaydi’s Harem Revisited #31, 2012, chromogenic print.

Take a look at the current exhibition By Design: Theater and Fashion in the Photography of Lalla Essaydi and send any questions you have about the artwork ahead of the Art in Focus to Dr. Michelle DiMarzo.

“Focus on the Frick”: Virtual Lecture Series with Fiona Garland

Tuesdays, February 23, March 2, March 9, March 16
11 a.m. – 12 p.m
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Join Fiona Garland for this special lecture series, “Focus on the Frick.” Please note: there will be four lectures are on successive Tuesdays at 11:00 am: February 23, March 2, March 9, March 16; the ticket covers all four events.

Register for your ticket and a link for Zoom will be sent out a week before the event.
$140 for non-members and $120 for members.

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