It was called “the war to end all wars.” Causing the downfall of three major empires, and eclipsing all previous wars in its destruction, World War I changed the course of global history. And decades before television and sophisticated print advertising, it changed the way conflict was marketed to the American people.
A new exhibit, Call to Action: American Posters in World War I, at the Davison Art Center, displays dramatic posters that recruited soldiers, celebrated shipbuilding, called women for war work and even urged homemakers to prepare alternative foods in support of the war effort.
“The best illustrators of the day were recruited to donate their time to make these posters,” said Clare Rogan, curator of the DAC. “Artists recognized this was how they could serve. And this was the high point in American illustration, you have fabulous artists working as illustrators, and monthly periodicals are all illustrated before photography takes over in these areas.”
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Uncover the hidden stories of East Asia’s religion and folklore at a new exhibit, “Not of This World,” at the College of East Asian Studies’ gallery. To inaugurate the new College of East Asian Studies, students curated this exhibition of the most compelling artworks from the college’s collection.
“Not Out of This World” is on display Sept. 10-Dec. 5 and features aesthetically pleasing pieces that reveal spiritual worlds filled with love, betrayal and faith. A ghost woman who searches for her husband, an immortal trapped in a peasant’s body, and a wheel that spins prayers are examples of the East Asian artwork displayed that weave the supernatural with mystical elements.
The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. The gallery will be closed Oct. 18-21 and Nov. 25-Dec. 2. For more information call 860-685-2330.
Photos of the show’s opening are below: (Photos by Dat Vu ’16)
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Tula Telfair, professor of art, will debut her newest collection of large-scale oil paintings at the Zilkha Gallery Sept. 16. Pictured is her painting titled “The Structured Depth of Meaning and Desire,” 2014, 72 x 100 inches.
“A World of Dreams—New Landscape Paintings” by Professor of Art Tula Telfair will be on exhibit Sept. 16 through Dec. 7 at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the gallery.
“Civilization Could Not Do Without It,” 2014, 75 x 100 inches.
“A World of Dreams” includes new large-scale paintings in which Telfair presents monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and intimate. She combines stillness with motion, solitude with universality, and definition with suggestion in her bold and quiet works. This is her second exhibition in the Zilkha Gallery.
All paintings are oil on canvas.
“The work for this show is entirely different. The subjects are different, the techniques are different in each painting, and from piece to piece,” she explained. “There is a lot of diversity of images in this exhibition that reflect a broad range of environments from the Antarctic to the jungles of Africa to rolling fields and soaring mountains. There are a full range of landscapes.”
Telfair’s contemporary paintings demonstrate the spirit and potency
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The Wesleyan community gathered on Foss Hill Sept. 2 to view The Monument Quilt, a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. The quilt serves as a platform for storytelling and a space where survivors are publicly supported.
Sections of the quilt are traveling throughout the United States. In August, the quilt made stops in North Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.
Following the tour, thousands of fabric squares will be stitched together to spell “NOT ALONE” on the National Mall.Through public recognition, the quilt aims to reconnect survivors to their community.
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (D-CT) also attended.
Learn more at https://themonumentquilt.org/.
(Photos by Cynthia Rockwell and Olivia Drake)
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The work of Keiji Shinohara, artist-in-residence of art, artist-in-residence of East Asian studies, will be exhibited at a gallery in Plantsville, Conn., Oct. 4-31.
The exhibition at Paris in Plantsville Gallery, titled, “Whispers of the Infinite: The Art of Keiji Shinohara,” represents the first time that Shinohara’s monotypes will have been exhibited in the United States. An opening reception will be held Oct. 4 from 6-9 p.m.
Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Shinohara trained for 10 years as an apprentice under the renowned artist Keiichiro Uesugi, and became a Master Printmaker. Shinohara then moved to the U.S., and has been teaching at Wesleyan since 1995. He has been a visiting artist at more than 10 venues, and had 40 solo shows, both in the U.S. and Japan.
His nature-based abstractions are printed on handmade kozo paper using water-based pigment onto woodblocks in the ukiyo-e style, the traditional Japanese printmaking method dating to 600 CE. Though Shinohara employs ancient methods in creating his woodblock prints, he also diverges from tradition by experimenting with ink application and different materials to add texture to his prints. He personally executes all the steps involved in the printmaking process, from carving the woodblock to printing by hand. Elegantly understated, these works are a fusion of Japanese aesthetic and Western modernism.
See more images from the exhibition below.
The Davison Art Center’s exhibit, “(Re)viewing Bodies: Selected American Photographs, 1930-2000,” opened on Feb. 7 in the DAC gallery. The show is curated by students who took the course ARHA 360, Museum Studies, taught in fall 2012 by Clare Rogan, curator of the Davison Art Center. Hyunjin Chelsey Cho ’13, pictured, is one of the student curators who helped opening attendees navigate the gallery.
Alexa Burzinski ’15 spoke about organizing the “(Re)viewing Bodies” exhibit. Topics of the show include the abstracted or fragmented body, the body and labor, the body and performance, the body in social situations and the body in pain. Photographers include Diane Arbus, Larry Burrows, Kevin Bubriski, Harry Callahan, Judy Dater, Gordon Parks and Jerry Uelsmann.
The exhibition examines the ways 20th-century American photographers have represented the body, whether as subject or compositional element. Pictured, Virgil Taylor ’15 discussed his knowledge from his Museum Studies course. Other student curators included Alexa Chiapetta ’13, Oliver Citrin ’14, Aria Danaparamita ’13, Philip Dinolfo ’14, Rachel Pei Hirsch ’15, Sewon Kang ’14, Sydney Lowe ’13, Matias Seijas ’13, Ariana Todd ’13 and Tessa Young ’13. (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)
The Davison Art Center gallery, located at 301 High Street, is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery is open to the public free of charge.