The Art of Don Gummer Comes to the Walsh
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The Art of Don Gummer Comes to the Walsh

Opening Thursday, March 3rd, and running through Saturday, June 11th, 2016, Fairfield University’s Walsh Art Gallery presents a new exhibition: “Don Gummer, The Armature of Emotion: Drawings and Sculpture." On opening night, there will also be an opening reception, which is free and open to the public that will take place in the Quick Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 3rd from 6:00pm-7:30 p.m.

“Don Gummer, The Armature of Emotion: Drawings and Sculpture” presents more than 50 drawings, watercolors, cardboard and bronze models, wall reliefs and free-standing bronze and steel sculptures by the artist. The works in the exhibition vary from quick, small sketches, to elaborate, monumental panels that are tapestry-like in their size and proportions. Even though most of his works appear to be a finished product, they are preliminary ideas and studies for sculptures, which show him working out, evolving and testing out different vantage points or compositions.

Within Gummer’s works certain themes and motifs recur. The exhibition presents a number of these groups of interrelated works. One is the series “Darwin’s Map,” which is iterated in collage drawings and wall reliefs. Another group of work has the Twin Towers as its subject and inspiration. Gummer executed a series of watercolors of the buildings only weeks before they were destroyed on September 11th, 2001. Both of these groups will appear on display in the exhibition.

Architecture is a lietmotif in Gummer's art and another focus of the works presented in the exhibition. Building things has always been an impulse for the artist, who early in his career worked as a carpenter and a construction worker. House-like motifs are present in a number of his works, and the floor plans of imagined and actual buildings become the stuff of monumental drawings and wall releifs. This exhibition is the first time that a group of his architecture-inspired drawings and related reliefs have been systematically exhibited together.

The exhibition has been organized by Linda Wolk-Simon, Director and Chief Curator of the Museums of Fairfield University.

Two public programs are offered in conjunction with the exhibition. “Drawing and Sculpture: A Conversation with Artist Don Gummer and Curator Luke Syson” will take place on March 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wein Experimental Theatre of the Quick Center for the Arts. (Luke Syson is Chairman of the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.)

“Did Donatello Draw? Designing Sculptures of the Renaissance,” a lecture by Dr. Michael Cole, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University will take place April 20th at 6:00 p.m. In Bellarmine Hall. All events are free and open to the public. Please register at as space is limited.

Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation. Venü Magazine is the exclusive media sponsor. 

Pictured: Don Gummer, Drawing for Darwin’s Map #4, 2000

Pencil, watercolor & collage on paper

41 x 29 inches

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