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“Star Power” of Sirmans ’91 Draws Crowd to Miami Museum

Franklin Sirmans ’91, director of the Pérez Art Museum, welcomed guests to the successful fundraiser, which the Miami Herald lauded as "stellar." Photo by Pedro Portal for El Nuevo Herald.com

Franklin Sirmans ’91, director of the Pérez Art Museum, welcomed guests to the successful fundraiser, which the Miami Herald lauded as “stellar.” (Photo by Pedro Portal for El Nuevo Herald.com)

Franklin Sirmans ’91, director of the Pérez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM), was credited for his “star power” that drew a crowd to the museum’s reception and fundraiser. The first African-American director of this publicly funded museum, Sirman was previously curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

An article in the Miami Herald quoted Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen ’66, who attributed the rise in attendance—double that of last year—to previously successful celebrations, as well as to Sirman’s arrival: “There is no getting around the fact that people are excited about Franklin Sirmans; they’re energized and they’re proud that he’s our museum director.”

Ibargüen notes that Sirmans took on the leadership of the museum “just after the opening of a fabulous new building on Biscayne Bay by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron.”
The Knight Foundation and real estate developer Pérez, for whom the museum is named, contributed $1 million to PAMM’s African American Art Fund to purchase works by African Americans. The evening event was designed to raise awareness of the project and to strengthen connections with the African American community.

“Franklin is determined to make PAMM both Miami’s most popular arts stop, and a place of scholarship and artistic rigor,” says Ibargüen. “He and Jessica are welcome additions to a town that welcomes builders.”

Friends of the DAC Hosts “The Big Draw” for Local Community

On April 6, the Friends of the Davison Art Center sponsored "The Big Draw: Middletown," a community celebration of drawing with workshops designed for all skill levels, from beginning drawers to accomplished artists. The Big Draw will included eight drawing workshops held throughout Wesleyan campus, facilitated by Wesleyan art faculty, art students and the Middletown High School Art Club.

On April 6, the Friends of the Davison Art Center sponsored “The Big Draw: Middletown,” a community celebration of drawing with workshops designed for all skill levels, from beginning drawers to accomplished artists. The Big Draw included eight drawing workshops held throughout the Wesleyan campus, facilitated by Wesleyan art faculty, art students and the Middletown High School Art Club.

Students Curate “Be the Art” Exhibit

The 8th annual BE THE ART exhibition opened Feb. 20 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

The 8th annual “Be the Art” exhibition opened Feb. 20 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

The student-curated art exhibit, which runs through March 2, celebrates and raises awareness of underrepresented artists of color at Wesleyan.

The student-curated art exhibit, which ran through March 2, celebrates and raises awareness of underrepresented artists of color at Wesleyan.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Center for African American Studies, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Center for the Americas, American Studies, Department of Art and Art History, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. (Photos by Hannah Norman '16)

The annual exhibit was co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Center for African American Studies, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Center for the Americas, American Studies, Department of Art and Art History, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)

Sasamoto ’04 Demonstrates Installation at Alumni Show II

On Sept. 6, the Alumni Show II at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery opened in honor of the Center for the Arts’ 40th anniversary. At the opening reception, Aki Sasamoto ’04, a New York-based, Japanese artist, demonstrated her installation “Centrifugal March,” questioning why certain objects seem to carry more importance over others.

On Sept. 6, the Alumni Show II at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery opened in honor of the Center for the Arts’ 40th anniversary. At the opening reception, Aki Sasamoto ’04, a New York-based, Japanese artist, demonstrated her installation “Centrifugal March,” questioning why certain objects seem to carry more importance over others.

Art Studio Majors Display Artwork at Senior Thesis Exhibition

View the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History. “Senior Thesis Exhibitions 2013” runs March 26-April 21 in the Zilkha Gallery.

The show, features drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture.

“We’re all so proud of our senior majors. The four weeks of rotating Senior Thesis Exhibitions are a wonderful opportunity for the broader Wesleyan community to experience their remarkable work,” said Tula Telfair, professor of art.

Allison Kalt, Tiffany Unno, Ilyana Schwartz, Anna Shimshak and Christina You will display their artwork from March 26-31.

Piers Gelly, Zoe Albert, Ally Bernstein, Ryu Hirahata, Charles Ellis and Nichola Kokkinis will display their work April 2-7. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 3 in the gallery.

Melissa Arroyo, Christian Lalonde, Emily Schubert, Kerry Klemmer, Ethan Cohen and Marissa Napolitano will display their artwork April 9-14. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 10.

Alahna Watson, Adam Forbes, Caitlin Palmer, Arin Dineen, Jessica Wilson and Kevin Brisco will display their work April 16-21. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 17.

In addition, each student in the show was invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for a year-end showcase held April 30 through May 25. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 25 in the gallery.

The public is invited and the exhibition is free of charge.

View the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History. The “Senior Thesis Exhibition” runs March 26-April 21 in the Zilkha Gallery.

The “Senior Thesis Exhibitions 2013” runs March 26-April 21 in the Zilkha Gallery.

Ilyana Schwartz's "Figures"

Ilyana Schwartz’s “Figures.”

Innovations Symposium Brings Together Artists, Scientists on Feb. 28

"Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science" is co-hosted by the Center for the Arts and the Hughes Program in the Life Sciences and curated by choreographer Liz Lerman.

“Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science” is co-hosted by the Center for the Arts and the Hughes Program in the Life Sciences and curated by choreographer Liz Lerman.

Starting on Feb. 28, Wesleyan will bring together teams of artists and scientists to share approaches, skills and outcomes of their research at the intersection of art and science.

The symposium, titled “Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science,” is part of the Creative Campus Initiative at the Center for the Arts.

“The goal of this experimental program is to elevate the arts as a means of teaching, learning and knowing through co-teaching opportunities for artists and non-artists, as well as commissioning new works by artists who are invited to work with faculty and students across disciplines in their creation process,” said Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts.

“Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science” is co-hosted by the Center for the Arts and the Hughes Program in the Life Sciences and curated by choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker Liz Lerman. Lerman is the founding artist director of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

Speakers include Katja Kolcio, associate professor of dance, associate professor of environmental studies at Wesleyan; Leila Kinney, executive director of the Arts Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Marda Kirn, founding director of EcoArts Connections; and Richard Prum, professor of ornithology and director of the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities at Yale University.

Chinese Wedding Balls, Opera Carvings at “Provincial Elegance” Exhibit

Wesleyan’s Center for East Asian Studies is hosting an exhibit titled “Provincial Elegance” April 4 through May 27 in the Mansfield Freeman Gallery. The exhibit features Chinese antiques donated in honor of Houghton “Buck” Freeman ‘43 and his wife, Doreen. Patrick Dowdey, curator of the Freeman Gallery, spoke about the individual antiques during the show’s opening April 4.

Telfair’s “Imaginary Landscapes” Debuts in New York Gallery

Tula Telfair's oil on canvas, "Built Exclusively for Delight," (2011) was one of 15 paintings featured in Telfair's Imaginary Landscapes exhibit.

Tula Telfair's oil on canvas, "Built Exclusively for Delight," (2011) was one of 15 paintings featured in Telfair's Out of Sight: Imaginary Landscapes exhibit.

Professor of Art Tula Telfair’s latest exhibition, Out of Sight: Imaginary Landscapes, opened at the Forum Gallery in New York, N.Y. on Jan. 5 to a packed crowd. The 15 large panoptic paintings shown in the exhibition, which ran through Feb. 11, depict majestic mountainous landscapes dominated by dramatic skies that reflect a broad range of locations and weather patterns.

As with Telfair’s past work, her landscapes are derived from memory and imagination. Telfair, director of Wesleyan’s Arts Studio Program, finds it fascinating when people tell her they can identify a particular location, since none actually exist.

“Since I have no idea when I begin what the final image will be, it feels like I’m exploring new territory when I start a painting, and that’s very exciting. Because I can easily copy images, I tended to lose interest in the process when I worked from observation,” she explains. But by painting from her imagination and memory, she is challenged intellectually, technically and emotionally. “Successfully painting an image that was not observed, but that viewers are convinced exists, is gratifying.”

Telfair works on many canvases simultaneously. She begins by mixing colors for the skies and starts painting each one intuitively.

Borenstein ’97 Named Managing Director of Long Wharf Theatre

Joshua Borenstein '97 (Hartford Courant photo)

The Hartford Courant reports that Joshua Borenstein ’97  has been the named the Long Wharf Theatre’s managing director after a national search. He will oversee a $5 million budget and a staff of 64 full-time employees.

Borenstein held the job of interim managing director for the past six months and previously worked at the theater from 2003 to 2007 in several positions, most recently as associate managing director. For the last two years, he was project manager with the arts research firm, AMS in Fairfield.

Before joining Long Wharf, he worked at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company through Theatre Communications Group’s’ New Generations: Mentoring the Leaders of Tomorrow program.

Borenstein has a master’s of fine arts in theater management from the Yale School of Drama and a bachelor of arts with honors in classical civilization from Wesleyan. He is married to Katherine Hsu Hagmann ’98, an attorney with Bershstein Volfe and McKeon.