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Two Wesleyan students have written reviews of the current Spring show at the Davison Art Center.  Julia Randall’s work ‘Oral Fixations’ is both beautiful and grotesque.  Read more here:




And come see the show for yourself, Oral Fixations: Drawings by Julia Randall, on display through Sunday, May 25.

This year’s event shared the most beautiful Spring day of the year so far with the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half and Legends 4-mile run.  Over 200 people attended and took part in the events on campus including a life drawing marathon and the wonderful Movement & Drawing workshop in Beckham hall.  Watch a short video clip here: http://on.fb.me/1fafjRt 

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Wesleyan students are writing short papers in response to objects in the collection at the Davison Art Center on campus.  The students in Visiting Asst. Professor Liena Vayzman’s class are writing short papers about work including Josef Albers, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.  The papers present fresh, interesting new perspectives on these iconic and familiar pieces.  Read more on the class blog:


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Fifteen FDAC Members enjoyed a private tour of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC with its Chairman Morrison Heckscher ’62 on Saturday March 15. The group included Wesleyan staff, faculty, alumni, students, and friends. The tour had a special Wesleyan and Middletown slant whenever possible and was a real treat for all in attendance.

Check out this nice post about the latest show at the Davison Art Center on President Roth’s Blog:



Driven by Desire

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Driven by Desire: French Automotive Designs and Greater France

Talk by Stéphanie Ponsavady, Assistant Professor of French

CFA Hall

Thursday, February 6, 5:00 pm

Stéphanie Ponsavady will speak on French car culture and its relationship to the colonies throughout the 20th century. Far from being a peripheral market, the Colonial Empire was central to the French automobile industry’s development, for instance providing rubber for tires and an exotic stage for adventure. Driving in Africa or Asia proved that “he who can do more can do less” as claimed in Renault’s advertisements. Ultimately, the Empire embodied France’s last automobile frontier. Ponsavady has published on car culture in contemporary France and French colonial Indochina.

Talk organized by the Davison Art Center in conjunction with the exhibition, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, on display January 31-March 6, 2014.
DAC gallery open for an extra hour, noon-5 :00 pm on February 6

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 pm (closed Mondays).
The gallery is open to the public free of charge.
The Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, is located at 301 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459
For further information, telephone (860) 685-2500 or visit the DAC website at


March 28 – May 24, 2014

Opening and Reception: Friday, March 28, 5:00-7:00 pm

Gallery talk by Julia Randall at 5:30 pm

From strange hybrid Lovebirds to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Julia Randall’s drawings seduce the viewer. The spring exhibition will be a ten-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Randall, Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan. As the artist explains, she sees the mouth as “the threshold of the id,” and her works are “simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive.” The exhibition title nods towards Sigmund Freud’s theory of oral-stage fixation, but Randall’s often monumental drawings go beyond psychoanalysis, presenting surreal, sensual, even visceral images, while surprising with a sense of humor.


Related event:

Mouth as Muse: Drawings by Julia Randall

Artist’s talk by Julia Randall

CFA Hall

Wednesday, April 23, 5:00 pm


Image:  Julia Randall (American, born 1968), Strawberry #2, from the series Blown, 2012, colored pencil on paper, 18 x 24 inches © Copyright Julia Randall. Collection: A. G. Rosen and Debi Sonzogni

One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes.

Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for presentations by Wesleyan faculty about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.

February 18, 12:10 pm, Kate TenEyck, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

April 8, 12: 10 pm, Laurie Nussdorfer, William Armstrong Professor of History and Professor of Letters, College of Letters

Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room

Wendell S. MacRae (American, 1896-1980), Burlington Zephyr, 1930s, gelatin silver print. Gift of Russell G. D'Oench, Jr., 1991.30.36.  Copyright © by the Estate of Wendell S. MacRae. Reprinted by permission of the Estate and The Witkin Gallery, Inc. (copy photo: R. J. Phil).

Wendell S. MacRae (American, 1896-1980), Burlington Zephyr, 1930s, gelatin silver print. Gift of Russell G. D’Oench, Jr., 1991.30.36.
Copyright © by the Estate of Wendell S. MacRae. Reprinted by permission of the Estate and The Witkin Gallery, Inc. (copy photo: R. J. Phil).

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Friday, February 1 – Thursday, March 6, 2014

Opening and Reception:  Thursday January 30, 5:00 pm

Gallery talk at 5:30 pm by Clare Rogan, Curator

The excitement of speed and the metaphor of the machine join in images of airplanes, trains, and automobiles. This exhibition includes William Henry Jackson’s nineteenth-century celebrations of the railroad in the American West, Jacques Henri Lartigue’s action shots of early French automobile races, and the abandoned Ford cars of Robert Sheehan. Drawn from the permanent collection, the show will also feature photographs by Berenice Abbott, Danny Lyon, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, and Garry Winogrand.

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