Flappers: Fashion and Freedom
On view in the Spaght Gallery | August 16 through January 27, 2019
In this key moment in the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, this exhibition examines the history and social impact of fashion and its relationship to the women’s movement of the 1920s. Drawing on the Fairfield Museum’s rich costume collection, this exhibition raises questions about the relationships between the “New Woman” of the 1920s and the representations of freedom of movement, behavior, and thought that defined modern American womanhood.
On view in the Spaght Gallery from August 16 through February 2019.
Presented with support from Connecticut Humanities.
Culper Ring: The Spies of George Washington
A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the Revolutionary War.
Manley’s artwork communicates the drama of espionage during the war, underscoring the challenges faced by American forces arrayed against a formidable foe. Visitors will be able to see, through the eyes of specific historical characters, the risks that both military officers and ordinary civilians were willing to take to help their cause. This exhibition will explore the motivations and contributions of the spy ring, bringing to life the risks that they took to secure and transmit intelligence.
On view through November 1 in the Ruth Carlson Horn Gallery. Click here for “Culper Ring” Programs and Events >>
Jennings Beach, Fairfield, Day to Night
Stephen Wilkes of Westport is renowned for his amazing Day to Night series, in which he shoots breathtaking iconic landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, to capture fleeting moments over the course of a full day to night. Fairfield’s Jennings beach has now joined Stephen Wilkes’ Day to Night portfolio from around the world. Jennings Beach, Fairfield, Day to Night has been generously commissioned and donated to the Fairfield Museum by the Saft family in memory of Marcia Saft, a former Board member, friend and longtime supporter of the Fairfield Museum. The photograph is now on permanent view in the Creating Community gallery.
Limited Edition Fine Art Photographic Prints of Jennings Beach, Fairfield, Day to Night: now available exclusively at the Fairfield Museum Shop.
Also on View
Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past | Ongoing
This hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region over the past four centuries. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and look through the windows of a trolley. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built communities over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities.
Sponsored by CT Humanities, Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Perry Family and Southport Area Association.
Gustave Whitehead: First to Fly
On view in the Tulloch Library Gallery
Gustave Whitehead was the first to fly a powered airplane, although his flights in Fairfield and Stratford in 1901 and 1902 are not nearly as well-known throughout the world as the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. This mini-exhibition in the library foyer displays items from the museum’s William O’Dwyer/Gustave Whitehead Research Collection, which is available for research in the library. More information about Gustave Whitehead is available here.