Middlebury College Museum of Art

Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Below is a list of the exhibitions currently on view at the Museum. Please click on the title of each exhibition to view its full description.

Untouched by Time: The Athenian Acropolis from Pericles to Parr

January 10–April 23, 2017
Constructed in the 5th century BCE, the Periclean building program on the Athenian Acropolis is the most celebrated architectural expression of the High-Classical age. This exhibition brings together early archaeological publications, antiquarian paintings, drawings, and prints, as well as photographs, books, and more recent images that are all drawn from collections at Middlebury. Together they bear testimony to the fascination with the Acropolis that has prevailed from the Enlightenment to the present.

American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity

February 17–April 30, 2017
Since the arrival of the first itinerant portrait painters in the colonies, Americans have created portraits to commemorate loved ones, glorify the famous, establish national myths, and honor shared heroes. Whether on canvas, in stone, in bronze, on film, or in binary code, we spend considerable time creating, contemplating, and collecting our likenesses. This exhibit, which brings together ninety portraits from more than twenty collections, explores and explains Americans’ 300-year fascination with images of themselves.

Landscaped: Altered Environments in the Photography of Timothy Case

July 27–Sping, 2017
Center Gallery, McCullough Student Center

Landscaped presents work by local Vermont photographer Timothy Case, whose doctorate in geography informs his vision of nature. Case is acutely attuned to the built and manufactured order that humans have imposed on the earth. Where some might see rolling hills and granite cliffs, he is inclined to see the evidence of human intervention.

Ancient Mediterranean and Early European Art

Ongoing, Lower Gallery
On view in this updated and revised installation are recent acquisitions in Egyptian and Mesopotamian art as well as Greek, Roman, and medieval European objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. Highlights include an Egyptian Old Kingdom relief and an early fifteenth-century Italian panel painting.

European and American Art

Ongoing, Cerf Gallery
This installation, which changes regularly, features highlights of the Museum’s collection of Western art from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. Landscapes by American painters Jasper Cropsey and John Frederick Kensett are on view alongside sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European religious and devotional images and American and European sculpture.

Robert F. Reiff Gallery of Asian Art

Ongoing
On view in this gallery is a wide range of East Asian ceramics: Chinese funerary sculpture from the Han (206 B.C.E–220 C.E.) and Tang (618–906) dynasties, celadons and other wares of the Song dynasty (960–1279), and blue-and-white enameled porcelains of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing dynasties (1644–1911). Also included in the installations are Japanese tea ceremony wares and Korean celadons.