Middlebury College Museum of Art

Exhibitions

Exhibitions 2008-2009

Following is a list of exhibitions that were on view during the 2008–2009 academic year. Please click on the title of an exhibition to view a full press release for that show.

Pastoral Vermont: The Paintings and Etchings of Luigi Lucioni

May 21–August 9, 2009. In a career that spanned more than sixty years, the Italian-born artist Luigi Lucioni (1900–1988) devoted much of his attention to developing and refining a personal vision of the Vermont landscape. This exhibition of more than seventy oil paintings, etchings, and watercolors considers the leitmotifs of his vision: rolling hills, verdant valleys, majestic trees, and aging barns along with his painstaking devotion to still-life subjects and meticulously painted portraits.

Making Sense of Thomas Kinkade

May 21–August 9, 2009. It is easy to dismiss the work of contemporary landscape painter Thomas Kinkade as kitsch and brush aside his popularity as only a successful marketing phenomenon. But to do so ignores his sincere zeal and the deep resonance his work holds for many people. This exhibition, guest-curated by Michael Clapper, associate professor of art history at Franklin and Marshall College, considers Kinkade in the context of work that ranges from Norman Rockwell to Komar and Melamid.

Confronting History: Contemporary Artists Envision the Past

February 13–April 19. Kara Walker’s Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), a recent gift to the Museum, provides a focus for understanding contemporary artists’ determination to probe the historical record.

Art Now: Doug and Mike Starn

January 6–April 19, 2009. A newly acquired, iconic image of a tree and enlarged photomicrographs of snowflakes are featured in this installation of works by the Starn brothers, identical twins whose singular aesthetic practice demonstrates a passionate interest in history and technological exploration.

Classical Painting and Ritual Bronzes on View at Middlebury Museum

September 12–December 7, 2008. This exhibition brings together two of the most revered traditions in Chinese art: paintings of nature, primarily landscape and flora, and bronze vessels and musical instruments used in antiquity to venerate the ancestors. Included in the exhibition are outstanding works by some of the most famous artists of the Yuan (1279–1368) and Ming (1368–1644) dynasties, as well as remarkable bronze ritual vessels and bells cast between the thirteenth and fifth centuries B.C.E.

Tombs, Temples, Palaces, and Tea: The Social Roles of Ceramics in Asia

Robert F. Reiff Gallery, Through December 2009. This exhibition explores the practical and social uses of ceramics in Asia. Asian ceramics are the most varied in the world: they have been used for vessels, ritual objects, sculpture, and for even architectural ornament. They are also unrivaled in technical quality and in their sheer volume.