The Visionary Art of Ralph Fasanella: An Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Symposium

This symposium is a hybrid event with an in-person and simulcast plenary, poster sale and book signing, and in-library exhibit featuring the Ralph Fasanella paintings from the MSU collection. All other panels and museum tours will be held virtually via Zoom.

All sessions and events are free to all participants, but you must register to receive additional information and links for joining the symposium audience.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

Americans Unseen – Pre-Event Virtual Tour – 10:30-12:00pm via Zoom

A virtual curator gallery tour with exhibit curator, Dr. Paul D’Ambrosio, of the exhibit of Fasanella portraits currently on exhibit at the Fenimore Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Symposium Kickoff

Attention Must Be Paid: The Insistent Voice of Ralph Fasanella – 3:00-4:30PM – Green Room, 4th Floor, MSU Library

Talk by Nancy Wallach with Response by Marc Fasanella. Nancy Wallach is an award winning, nationally recognized art educator and artist, whose thirty four year spanning career in public education includes offering a union based program of professional development and support to culturally diverse and immigrant teachers in New York’s inner city schools.

Book signing, poster sale, and participant reception will follow in the Green Room.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Four online panels will explore the life of Ralph Fasanella, his legacy and the major themes in his work. Please see the hourly schedule below for more details.

Symposium presenters will include: Christopher Alessandrini, John P. Beck, Simone Brioni, Elise Bryant, Peter Carravetta, Ron Carver, Paul D’Ambrosio, C. Kurt Dewhurst, Dominica Diraviam, Marc Fasanella, Candace Keller, Loredana Polezzi, Dean Rehberger, Jurg K. Siegenthaler, Christian Sweeney, Anthony Julian Tamburri, Nancy Wallach and Stephanie Wuertz. More information on the session topics and speakers can be found at

Friday, September 16, 2022

Ralph Fasanella: Portraits in American Life – A Special Post-Symposium Event – 7:00-9:00pm at Hill Gallery; 407 W. Brown Street, Birmingham, Michigan

Opening Reception with hosts Pamela and Timothy Hill • Graduates of MSU

This Symposium is sponsored by: Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives with additional support from MATRIX, The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Science, the MSU Library, the Fenimore Art Museum, and the Ralph Fasanella estate.

Hourly Schedule

Wednesday, September 14th

10:30am - 12:00pm
Americans Unseen: Pre-Event Virtual Tour of Ralph Fasanella Portraits at the Fenimore Museum
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Attention Must Be Paid: The Insistent Voice of Ralph Fasanella
Green Room, 4th Floor, MSU Library

Thursday, September 15th

9:00am - 10:20am
Labor Culture/Workers Culture
10:30am - 12:00pm
Documenting Fasanella: An Audio-Visual Appreciation
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Fasanella in Context
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Knowing Ralph: Father, Friend, Folk Icon

Friday, September 16th - A Special Post-Symposium Event

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ralph Fasanella: Portraits in American Life
Hill Gallery • 407 W. Brown Street • Birmingham, Michigan


Sep 14 - 15, 2022




Green Room
MSU Main Library

Location 2