Two upcoming art exhibits on the campus of Fairfield University explore the world of the print maker as artist.
"Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940," at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts, and "In the Wake of the Butterfly: James McNeill Whistler and His Circle in Venice," at the Bellarmine Museum of Art are running concurrently from Jan. 23 through April 4. An opening reception, free and open to the public at both venues, takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. Both exhibitions were co-curated by Eric Denker, Ph.D., senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art.
Roth (1879--1964) is considered to be one of the most significant American etchers of the first half of the 20th century. His prints of Italy, in particular approximately 45 of Venice, are among his most important works. In "Reflections and Undercurrents," Roth captures the essence of Venetian architecture. The exhibition also includes the etchings of seven other artists.
The exhibition "In the Wake of the Butterfly" at the Bellarmine Museum of Art is an exploration of the works of Ernest Roth's 19th-century precursors. The exhibit includes etchings of Venice by seven artists.
A variety of programs related to both exhibitions is scheduled: There will be a family day, "Come explore printmaking!" for ages 4-10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Walsh Art Gallery. Several film screenings are also planned: "Francesco's Venice -- Blood," Tuesday, Jan. 28 and Thursday, Feb. 27 , "Francesco's Venice -- Beauty," Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Thursday, March 6; "Francesco's Venice -- Death," Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, March 13; and "Francesco's Venice -- Sex," Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Thursday, March 20 at the Bellarmine Museum of Art from 3 to 4 p.m.
A lecture, "American Artists in Early 20th-century Venice," by Dr. Eric Denker, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Bellarmine Hall.
The university is also offering a six-week printmaking course designed to complement the exhibitions entitled "Introduction to Printmaking: Etching and Drypoint" on Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 30 and a printmaking demonstration at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in Loyola Hall, Room 20 (lower level). For information on the course or demonstration, call 203-254-4000, ext. 2688.
The Bellarmine Museum of Art is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on some Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, call 203-254-4046, or visit www.fairfield.edu/museum The Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, as well as one hour prior to curtain and during intermission at all Quick Center events. Admission is free. For information, visit www.fairfield.edu/walsh or call 203-254-4062.