Art Choices Abound at Fairfield University in February

Submitted by Meredith Guinness, Assistant Director, Media Relations on January 26, 2012

Whether you love contemporary art, classic film, photography or a funky New Orleans beat, there’s something for everyone at Fairfield University in the coming weeks.

Roxana Walker-Canton has been interested in the personal experiences of African-American women in higher education since she was a student in graduate school.

image: Roxana Walker-Canton“I was aware of a lack of diversity in the courses I was taking,” said Walker-Canton, an assistant professor of New Media, Film, Television, and Radio at Fairfield. “As an African-American woman in film school, I was an anomaly at the time. My classes showed no films by, for, or about blacks. There were no models for us.”

In February, Walker-Canton will shine a spotlight on the journeys of black women in higher education in Living Thinkers: Harriet Jacobs’ Attic 2, a new art installation that runs Monday, February 6, through Monday February 20 at Gallery 10 and The Experimental Gallery in Fairfield’s Loyola Hall. The public is invited to a free opening reception with the artist on Tuesday, February 7 at 6 p.m. and the space will be open for visitors Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Image: 2001 posterAttention sci-fi fans! One of the most influential films of the last 50 years is coming to the Quick Center for the Arts – and its star will be here, too! Actor Keir Dullea will introduce a special screening of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey on Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the film the Chicago Tribune called “an extraordinary, obsessive, beautiful work of art” in HD on the big screen and enjoy an introduction and post-screening Q&A with Keir Dullea. Buy your tickets today.

Artist, author, and oral historian Anthony Riccio’s deep affinity for the daily customs and rituals of life in Italy and Italian-American neighborhoods is evident in From Italy to America – Photographs of Anthony Riccio, the current exhibition at Fairfield’s Bellarmine Museum of Art. Riccio will tell the compelling stories behind the photographs during a free gallery talk on Wednesday, February 8 at 5 p.m. in the museum. No reservations necessary. Visit the Bellarmine online calendar for more information on this exhibition and the many related events planned for February and beyond.

Making plans for Fat Tuesday? Start the celebration a little early with Rebirth Brass Band: A Mardi Gras Image: Rebirth Brass BandCelebration! A New Orleans institution started by the legendary Frazier brothers back in 1983, this smokin’ horn-heavy ensemble brings a steady groove that is the voice of the Crescent City. Recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album, these guys know how to laissez les bon temps rouler! Buy your tickets today.

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