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Since its founding in 1962, the Friends of the Davison Art Center (FDAC) has been devoted to the growth and public enjoyment of the DAC collection through a wide variety of events for both its members and the greater community.  The primary mission of the FDAC is to expand and promote the Davison Art Center collection at Wesleyan University.  Learn more about the FDAC here.

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Please join the Friends!  As a member, you support the acquisition of new works for the DAC collection.  With a volunteer Board of Directors and minimal overhead expense, the FDAC directs a high percentage of its membership dues directly to its mission.  Wesleyan students can join the FDAC free of charge – click here to become a student member today!

 

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Philip Trager (American, born 1935), Ina, Fairfield 2007, V, 2007, color pigment print. Collection of the Photographer. © Philip Trager

 

Friday, March 25 through Sunday, May 22, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm;

Conversation between artist Philip Trager ’56 and Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, Professor and Chair of Classical Studies Andrew Szegedy-Maszak at 5:30pm.

FREE!

Following a retrospective exhibition in 2006 of his internationally renowned images of architecture and of contemporary dancers, Philip Trager ’56 responded to the opportunities presented by digital photography and created a new series of images, culminating in the book Photographing Ina, which will be published by Steidl Press in 2016. This exhibition reveals Mr. Trager’s first series in color photography—an unexpected and tender meditation on the act of photographing, on perception, color, and light.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center on an exciting tour of New York City’s photograph galleries. Led by noted collector and Wesleyan University professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, the tour meets in New York at 11:00 am and visits galleries on 57th Street and in Chelsea. Ticket cost includes a prix-fixe lunch in a cozy Chelsea bistro. Transportation is not included.

FDAC members $60; non-members $65.

Richard S. Field, “Cutting Remarks II: Thoughts on the Woodblocks used by Albrecht Dürer and his Contemporaries to Print their Woodcuts.”

February 17, 5:00 pm 

CFA Hall

Snow date: February 18, 5:00 pm

FREE!

There exist hundreds of books and articles about the woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer, Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Burgkmair, and their Italian colleagues, but very little devoted to the blocks that were cut to print them. This talk will attempt to describe the intricacies and problems of the cutting techniques used in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Richard S. Field is Curator Emeritus of Prints and Drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, and was Curator of the Davison Art Center in the 1970s. When at Wesleyan University, he created exhibitions that reflected the range of interests that have marked his entire career: from the earliest forms of printed imagery (the woodcut), to the prints of Armand Seguin (a close friend of Paul Gauguin), and the work of Jasper Johns (prints and paintings).  He is currently at work on a book to elucidate the techniques, cutters, and collections of woodblocks (1400-1800).

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