Middlebury College Museum of Art


Exhibitions 2013–2014

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.

Life’s a Beach

May 23–August 10, 2014
Magnum photographer Martin Parr is renowned for capturing people in their own private comfort zones and introducing them, in all their quirky eccentricity, to a global audience. This series of more than fifty photographs shot on beaches around the world offers an engaging and vivid social commentary on the varieties of human behavior to be found under the sun. This exhibition is organized by the Aperture Foundation, New York. At Middlebury it is supported by funds from the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Foundation.

Deutsche Kunst aus unserer Sammlung

June 13–August 10, 2014
In acknowledgment and celebration of the centenary of Middlebury’s German Language School, the museum is featuring selections from its own collection of German art. This exhibition is organized by the museum’s Sabarsky Graduate Fellow and is generously supported by a grant from the Serge and Vally Sabarsky Foundation, New York.

Eliot Furness Porter: Selected Photographs from the Glen Canyon Portfolio

Porter’s photographs of Glen Canyon originally appeared in The Place No One Knew: Glen Canyon on the Colorado, a coffee table book published by the Sierra Club in 1963. Creating an elegy for a canyon that was about to be submerged due to the construction of a large dam on the Colorado River, Porter hoped to raise awareness about the tension between nature and technology.

Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action

April 1–May 25, 2014
Students in the January 2014 Museum Studies course “Art in Action” will create this exhibition centered on the museum’s Portfolio Compleat: 1985–2008, a compendium of posters and ephemera documenting the activities of the Guerrilla Girls. From their origin in New York in 1985 to their global presence today, the group continues to monitor the progress of women workers in the art world.

Shadow Lands: China through the Lens of Michael Cherney

February–May, 2014
This exhibition features the work of contemporary photographer Michael Cherney, who currently lives and works in Beijing, China. Cherney draws upon his education in Chinese history, literature, and art in order to produce works that combine photography, calligraphy, and book making. His art forces its viewers to question conventional definitions of Chinese and American, modern and traditional, photograph and landscape painting.

Performance Now

February 7–April 20, 2014
A selection of works by artists who practice a variety of art-making procedures, Performance Now features videos, objects, films, and installations that document ephemeral occurrences. Including works by Marina Abramovic, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens, and Laurie Simmons, among many others, the exhibition surveys critical and experimental currents in this historically significant, global development in art practice.

Observing Vermont Architecture

January 7–March 23, 2014
This exhibition is designed to coincide with the release of The Buildings of Vermont by Glenn Andres and Curtis Johnson. Part of the series Buildings of the United States, published by the National Society of Architectural Historians, the book pairs Johnson’s photographs with the authors’ commentaries to explore the exceptional quality of Vermont’s remarkably diverse built landscape, ranging from the Federal to the Post-Modern period.


Screened and Selected II: Contemporary Photography and Video Acquisitions 2006–2011

September 13–December 8, 2013
This exhibition celebrates the collaboration between the museum and donor Marianne Boesky, Class of 1989, who initiated a multi-year project through which Middlebury College students selected works of art for the permanent collection. The many works acquired with these funds span the past four decades and include art by Chuck Close, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Idris Khan, Shirin Neshat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Roe Ethridge, Ryan McGinley, Tracey Moffatt, Catherine Opie, and James Welling, among others.

Vito Acconci Thinking Space

September 3–December 8, 2013
This exhibition marks the inauguration on campus of a replica of Acconci’s Way Station I, which was constructed in 1983 near what is now McCardell Bicentennial Hall. The exhibition and its accompanying publication place the work in the context of Acconci’s ongoing, extraordinarily influential career. Supported in part by the Committee on Art in Public Places.