Middlebury College Museum of Art

Engagement from Home

While we’re sad that, for now, our audiences are not able to visit us in person, we’re excited to highlight ways in which art lovers of all types can interact with our collections and experiences from a social distance. This page aggregates a range of digital content from our recent past and offers diverse opportunities for you to engage with our content, and even explore and share your own creativity, from the comfort and safety of your own home. And be sure to check back often as we’ll be adding more content on a regular basis.

 

Virtual Gallery Tours and Online Exhibitions


Votes...for Women? 3D tour

While a relative few voices publicly questioned the prohibition against women voting in the decades following the country’s founding, most Americans did not wholeheartedly consider this question until the last century. The activists who took on the cause of woman suffrage came from all walks of life and all corners of the country. Votes...for Women?—an exhibit of vintage photographs, banners, and memorabilia curated by Professor of History Amy Morsman with help from students in her first-year seminar The Woman Question: Pondering Women’s Place in a Changing Society—debuted in September 2019 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the campaign to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920. This 360-degree tour allows visitors to walk through the exhibit as though it were still on view. Special Thanks to Luke Hollis at Archimedes Digital for scanning and building this tour.

Vermont Art Online

Recently two of our colleagues here at Middlebury—our Curator of Asian Art Sarah Laursen and our Sabarsky Graduate Fellow Sarah Briggs—launched a new initiative, www.vermontartonline.org, which lets families, students, educators, and the public enjoy Vermont’s museums and galleries from the comfort and safety of their own homes. You can take a tour of our galleries in the example below, or visit Vermont Art Online for more virtual 360-degree tours of participating cultural sites as well as ideas for and links to videos, classes, and online arts activities that you can do at home.

NWxNE: Middlebury’s Assyrian Relief

detail of Winged Genie Polinating the Date Palm, Assyrian
Anonymous (Assyrian), Winged Genie Pollinating the Date Palm, 883–859 B.C.E, Reign of Ashurnasirpal, alabaster, 94 x 90 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Gift of Dr. Wilson A. Farnsworth, Class of 1848. The restoration of this relief was made possible in part by funds raised in 1989 by the Friends of Art at Middlebury College in celebration of their twentieth anniversary. Additional funds were provided by the Getty Grant Program and American Greetings. 0.114

The Assyrian relief from the Northwest Palace of the Neo-Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (883 to 859 BCE) was among the first artworks to enter the Middlebury College art collection. Alumnus and missionary Reverend Wilson A. Farnsworth donated it to his alma mater sometime after 1854, and today it is a centerpiece of the Middlebury College Museum of Art. In the spring of 2020, the students in Professor Sarah Laursen’s “NWxNE: Digital Methodologies for Art Historians” class created a website dedicated to the study of Middlebury’s Assyrian relief. The site represents a continuation of the NWxNE project, which was initiated in 2019 by curators at Bowdoin College and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to investigate the Assyrian reliefs from the Northwest Palace that are now housed in collections in the Northeastern United States.

Dive deep into our Assyrian relief

 

Online Exhibit Archive for Untouched by Time: The Athenian Acropolis from Pericles to Parr

Sanford Robinson Gifford, The Parthenon, May 10, 1869
Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823–1880), The Parthenon, May 10, 1869, oil on canvas, 6 5/8 x 11 5/8 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchased with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Art Acquisition Fund, 2016.102.

Experience Untouched by Time

The building program on the Athenian Acropolis, constructed during the second half of the fifth century BCE under the stewardship of the Athenian statesman Pericles, has come to be the most celebrated architectural expression of the High-Classical era. Originally on view in the spring of 2017, Untouched by Time—which brought together early archaeological publications, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, reconstruction images, and books all drawn from collections at Middlebury—chronicled the changing perceptions of the Acropolis over the last three centuries and bore testimony to the ever enduring fascination with these monuments.

 

Online Exhibit Archive for Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment

James Balog, Greenland Ice Sheet
James Balog (American, b. 1952), Greenland Ice Sheet, 28 June 2009, Adam LeWinter surveys Birthday Canyon, from the portfolio Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, 2009, chromogenic color print on paper, 16 x 24 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund, 2015.006.

Featuring 71 images spanning the mid-19th century to the present day, the works on view in Land and Len, an exhibition originally on view at Middlebury in the fall of 2017, come primarily from the Museum’s rich holdings of historic and contemporary photography. Among the wide range of artists represented are historic figures Ansel Adams, Arthur Rothstein, Eliot Porter and Alfred Stieglitz, as well as many contemporaries. Among these Jamey Stillings, Richard Misrach, David Maisel, James Balog, and Edward Burtynsky are well known for their concerned image-making.

Experience Land and Lens

 

Event Recordings


Precolonial African Sexuality, Contemporary Homophobia and #LimitlessAfricans

In this illustrated lecture, Fulbright-winning artist Mikael Chukwuma Owunna discusses how Limit(less), his series of photographic portraits of LGBTQ+ Africans in diaspora, uses celebratory imagery to challenge a colonial legacy of homophobia.

Roman Faces in the Museum

In conjunction with our American Faces exhibit in the spring of 2017, Pieter Broucke presented this gallery talk about Roman faces in the Museum as part of our Fridays at the Museum series. Note: the video is a little shaky early on—our operations manager, who’s manning the camera, probably had too much coffee that day—but after a few minutes he finds a tripod and it gets better.

 

The Art of Relaxation


Contemplative Looking Videos

These guided looking activities invite you to slow down and “be present” with a work of art for a few minutes.

Walter Greaves, Nocturne: Battersea Reach

Harry Bertoia, Sounding Sculpture

Coloring Pages

Relieve some stress with downloadable coloring sheets inspired by art in the Museum’s collection. Recreate a masterpiece or color outside the lines! Line drawings by Phoebe Mitchell ’17 and Elizabeth Warfel ’19.

Lippo d’Andrea, Madonna and Child

Lippo d’Andrea (Italian, c. 1370/71–1451), Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints John the Baptist and Nicholas of Bari, c. 1410, tempera and gold on panel, 49 1/8 x 26 3/16 inches.

Download the PDF Coloring Page

Anna Stanchi, Tulips, Irises, Etc., 1643

Anna Stanchi, A Still Life with Tulips, Irises, Daffodils, Carnations, Hyacinths, and Other Flowers, 1643, oil on canvas, 22 3/8 x 18 1/4 inches.

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Sarcophagus of Hathor-Mut-Netcher

Sarcophagus of Hathor-Mut-Netcher, 664-343 B.C.E., painted gesso on wood.

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17th Century Syrian Tile

Anonymous (Syrian), Tile, early 17th century, porcelain, 10 x 10 1/8 x 1 inches.

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Suit of Japanese Ceremonial Armor

Anonymous (Japanese), Suit of Ceremonial Armor, 18th–19th century, Edo period (1615–1868), iron, leather, gilded wood, gilded bronze, silver, hair

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Attic Black-Figure Eye Cup

Attributed to the Group of Walters 48.42 (Attic, Greek), Black-Figure Eye Cup, c. 510 B.C.E., terracotta, 4 1/8 x 14 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches.

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