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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.


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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.

Today’s Artful Lunch with Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Mark Slobin featured instruments from Wesleyan’s World Instrument Collection, one of the largest and most diverse collections of its kind at any university.  Slobin presented a number of different instruments from Northern Afghanistan both from the Wesleyan collection and his own personal one. He talked about a few different kinds and played a short tune on a ghichak, which are like fiddles; he also presented a 140 year old rubab, a large and exquisite lute donated to Wesleyan’s collection.

You can learn more about Professor Slobin’s Music of the Afghan North here.

You can learn more about Wesleyan’s World Music Collection at the Virtual Instrument Museum website.

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Now through Sunday November 17th at midnight.

Ten items at ROCK BOTTOM prices!  BUY NOW!

Item Name Value Buy Now
“Black and White Taylor” by Juliana Romano $4,500 Buy Now $850
“Fault # 54″ by Marion Belanger $2,200 Buy Now $500
“Echo” by William McCarthy $1,800 Buy Now $500
“Lick Line #9″ by Julia Randall $1,500 Buy Now $400
“Calf in Dirt” by Joel Wellington Fisher $1,200 Buy Now $200
“792″ by John Lehr $1,200 Buy Now $200
“Sandburg” by David Schorr $1,000 Buy Now $700
“e.e. cummings” by David Schorr $1,000 Buy Now $700
Original composition by Neely Bruce $750 Buy Now $350
“Rover Finds Small Bright Object” by Matthew Grubb $500 Buy Now $150

Thank you!!

Thank you to all who participated in our first-ever online auction as well as our silent auction during Homecoming Family Weekend.  We were thrilled with the attendance and so happy that so many new and old faces could visit us on campus and virtually!

Congratulations to all the high bidders and a thank you to everyone who donated, made a bid, and supported our Auctions.  We really appreciate your support!!  Your participation and enthusiasm mean so much to the Friends of the Davison Art Center.

We look forward to your memberships and to seeing you at an upcoming event!

All the best,
The FDAC Board

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