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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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The Friends of the Davison Art Center coordinate the second student-curated exhibition of work created by current students. Addison McDowell ’16 will serve as curator, guided by Sasha Rudensky, Assistant Professor of Art and Friends of the Davison Art Center board member.
Jim Dine (American 1935 - ). Tool Box IX,  Screenprint and collage. 1966

Jim Dine (American, born 1935) . Tool Box IX, Screenprint and collage. 1966. Gift of Ruth and Jack L. Solomon, M.D., 1984. © Copyright Jim Dine

Inspired by the works of Jim Dine in our collection, students will investigate artist’s tools for this show. Tools are objects that were created to be used, and for many, it would be impossible to make art without them. The experience of using a tool can be an incredibly intimate and exciting one. Each tool contains the implication of human use: they were intended to work in our hand. Some tools have been refined through centuries of use and have incredibly economic, efficient forms. Others, by contrast, still have many quirks. News tools, particularly digital ones, can be incredibly difficult to learn and frustrating to use, but it may be all the more satisfying when fluency is achieved.

Ten student artists are exploring a wide range of tools from pencils and erasers, to Photoshop and the printing press. Some are studying the formal beauty of their object and are immersing themselves in specificity: its form, function, and manner of use. Others are considering their tool as a departure point for a broader meditation on the themes of alteration, control, and influence. Still others are using their tool as an entrance to the historical practice of creation.

Join us:
Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm
Davison Art Center, Hallway Gallery

Exhibition open:
Tuesday, November 18 through Sunday, December 7, 2014
(closed November 25 through December 1 for Thanksgiving)

Reflections by Tess Altman ’17, volunteer in the FDAC Docent Program

Note: The FDAC Docent Program has been a stronghold within the Friends’ mission for over four decades. Each fall, FDAC docents (both Wesleyan students and other members of our community) give tours of the DAC gallery exhibitions and other Wesleyan spaces to fourth graders from Middletown-area schools.

Exhibit One — Call to Action: American Posters in WWI

  1.  The gold shield with an eagle on it is in fact a very very large quarter.
  2. Advertisements sell us “cheap stuff.”
  3. As we leave the DAC, it is raining and therefore we must shriek and scream bloody murder — it only makes sense, really.

Exhibit Two – A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair

  1. Sometimes icebergs look like pizza. Sometimes everything looks like pizza when it’s almost lunchtime.
  2. The fight for a certain colored pencil is respectful, but intense.

Exhibit Three — Center for East Asian Studies: Not of This World

  1. When told to picture one’s “happy, relaxed place” in the meditation room, that location is often a fast food chain — sometimes it’s McDonalds, other times it’s FroyoWorld. One day you might meditate to a Big Mac and the next to sprinkles and Oreo crumbs.
  2. We like ghosts. Ghosts are cool.
  3. I draw a pretty mean smiley face (or so I hear).
  4. Eleven year olds can go to college and therefore could hypothetically go to Wesleyan. But only if one is a ‘child prodigy’
Am I a child prodigy? Nope.
Am I Eleven? Nope.
Am I Eighteen? Close.
Am I Nineteen? Yes.
Do I live here (in the Tatami Room)? No. I wish.                                                       


If I did live there, I could perpetually dream of frozen yogurt and French fries, but, alas, I only get to dream like this once a week — with fourth graders.


IMAGE: Tula Telfair, “Civilization Could Not Do Without It,” 2014, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 inches.

Tula Telfair, Civilization Could Not Do Without It, 2014, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 inches. Currently on view in Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan through December 7.
Click here to learn more about the exhibition.



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