Middlebury College Museum of Art

Exhibitions

Exhibitions 2012-2013

Following is a list of exhibitions that were on view during the 2012–2013 academic year. Please click on the title of an exhibition to view a full press release for that show.

Hidden Away: 20th and 21st Century Works from the Permanent Collection

June 25–August 11, 2013
This exhibit showcases works from the collection that are rarely on view, including a mobile by Alexander Calder; sculptures by William Zorach, William King, and Harry Bertoia; glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Dale Chihuly; watercolors by George Grosz and Luigi Lucioni; and oil paintings by Arthur Davies, Edwin Dickinson, Ivan Albright, John Sloan, Grant Wood, Alice Neel, and Rackstraw Downes.

Edward Hopper in Vermont

May 23–August 11, 2013
This exhibit assembles for the first time many of Hopper’s twenty-three known Vermont watercolors and six known drawings. Of these particular works, relatively unknown to most and rarely on view, are subjects that depict details of the hill farms bordering the White River. Marked by nuances of distinctive color, light, and shadow, they are studies in artistic process, illustrating how Hopper’s vision of Vermont developed between the time of his first visit, in 1927, and his last, in 1938.

Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky's Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context

February 8–June 9, 2013
Burtynsky’s iconic photographs of the quarries of Vermont are explored within the context of the geological and social history of the area, including in particular the Italian immigrant stoneworkers in the granite quarries near Barre. This exhibition has been extended through early June in conjunction with Burtynsky’s designation as an honorary degree recipient at Middlebury’s 2013 commencement proceedings.

Linear Thinking: Sol LeWitt, Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary Art from the Collection

February 8–April 21, 2013
Linear Thinking was conceived in conjunction with several spring courses in the History of Art and Architecture. It includes prints and one sculpture by artists in the museum’s collection as well as a temporary wall drawing by Sol LeWitt (1928–2007). LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #394, which was first conceived in 1983 at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux in France, is on loan to the museum from the artist’s estate and will be installed during the week of February 25 by students in Professor Edward Vazquez’s course “Minimalism: Art, Objects, and Experience.”

Black, White, and Beautiful: Silver Prints from the Museum Collection

January 8–February 3, 2013
Visiting Professor of Studio Art May Mantell selected these prints in conjunction with her January-term course Introduction to Black and White Photography. The criteria were two:  that they be exceptionally beautifully crafted silver prints and that they be meaningful works of art made by significant artists.

China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910–1970

September 13–December 9, 2012
China Modern is a vast and substantive exhibition of approximately 175 objects which takes an in-depth look at the rich tradition of Chinese designs and styles in advertising, packaging, and promotional art for cinema, music, comic books, pulp fiction, fashion, games and toys. The exhibition’s iconic images chronicle China’s changing attitudes, identity, and its transition to a giant, commercial superpower.

Camera Work: Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand, and Company

September 4–October 28, 2012
First published in 1903, Alfred Stieglitz’s magazine Camera Work quickly became one of the most influential photographic journals in the country. Created in response to the emergence of haphazard snapshots being taken by vast numbers of amateur photographers using Kodak box cameras, Camera Work set the standard for photographic art. Focusing on the work of the Photo-Secession, an elite group of invited members presided over by Stieglitz, the magazine promoted photography as a means of personal expression through articles about artistic issues and illustrations of fine art photography.

Oliphant: Editorial Cartoons and the American Presidency, 1968–2012

October 30–December 9, 2012
As a prelude to the national presidential election in November, the museum is showing publicly for the first time a group of historic political cartoons by the syndicated artist Patrick Bruce “Pat” Oliphant (b. 1935). A 1967 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, Oliphant has been called “probably the most influential cartoonist now working” by The New York Times. The exhibit is comprised of ten political cartoons and one sculpture, created over a span of forty years, which represent each of the presidencies from Lyndon B. Johnson to George W. Bush.