Rick Shaefer: Refugee Trilogy

Rick Shaefer: Refugee Trilogy

The Fairfield University Art Museum presented “Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy,” a monumental new series created by the artist in response to the ongoing refugee crisis convulsing the globe. The exhibition was on view from September 8 through October 22, 2016 in the museum’s Walsh Gallery.

The three-piece suite composed of Land Crossing, dealing with the migration across foreign lands; Water Crossing, addressing the perilous journeys of refugees on the open seas; and Border Crossing, spotlighting the conflicts and hostilities faced at borders. The trilogy employs the artistic lexicon of the Baroque (specifically incorporating heroic figurative elements of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens) to explore this contemporary crisis in a language both familiar and canonical.