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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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September 23 – December 11, 2016. Closed October 21-25 and November 22-27.

Opening reception and gallery talk: Thursday, September 22, 5:00 pm

Gallery talk by William Earle Williams, 5:30 pm, Davison Art Center Gallery

For the last three decades, William Earle Williams has traced the overlooked histories of African Americans, locating unmarked sites and photographing them with clarity and quiet elegance. This exhibition will include more than 60 photographs together with historic books, maps, newspapers, and manuscripts. Through both his research and his photographs, Williams tracks the history of African Americans from the first shipments of enslaved Africans to the many stops on the Underground Railroad, and from the battlefields of the Civil War to Emancipation. He summarizes his subject as “historical places in the New World from the Caribbean to North America where Americans black and white determined the meaning of freedom.” This moving exhibition reveals the power of photography to bring what has been willfully forgotten or erased back to our collective consciousness.

William Earle Williams is the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts, and Curator of Photography at Haverford College, Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in photography from Yale University School of Art and holds a BA in history from Hamilton College. His photographs have been exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Cleveland Museum of Art, and African American Museum in Philadelphia. Williams’s photographs are in many public collections including those of the National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. A 1997 Pew Fellow in the Arts, Williams was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 2003–2004.

Support for this exhibition at Wesleyan University provided by the Center for African American Studies and the African American Studies Program, the Hoy Family Fund for Afro-American Art and the Lemberg Fund.

Photo Credit: William Earle Williams, Interior, Fort Morgan, Battle Site, Mobile Bay, Alabama, 2003, pigment print. © William Earle Williams.

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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.


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.

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