Middlebury College Museum of Art


Exhibitions 2014–2015

Following is a list of exhibitions that were on view during the 2014–2015 academic year. Please click on the title of an exhibition to view a full press release for that show.

Many Thousand Gone: Portraits of the African-American Experience

May 22–August 9, 2015
This exhibit is comprised of approximately 100 photographs of African Americans from the exhaustive yet little known collection of George R. Rinhart, one of the foremost collectors of American photography. Selected images range from daguerreotypes created in the 1840s to photographs of the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. Many of these images have never been previously exhibited.

The Language Schools at the Art Museum

May 22–August 9, 2015
This summer, Middlebury College celebrates the centennial of the Language Schools that, each summer, transform the campuses in Middlebury, Vermont, and at Mills College, California, into global villages where virtually no English can be heard. The German school was founded in 1915. In subsequent summers French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, and Hebrew were added. Korean is being offered for the first time this summer.

Mao, Sitting Bull, and Others: Recent Gifts from the Andy Warhol Foundation

January 6–April 19, 2015
The Andy Warhol Foundation has recently made a gift of ten prints to the museum, thereby more than doubling our Warhol print holdings. Now, in addition to the artist’s iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, and Campbell’s Soup, the museum owns vivid portraits of Chairman Mao, Goethe, Sitting Bull, Ingrid Bergman, and Queen Ntombi of Swaziland (one of Warhol’s Reigning Queens of the mid-1980s).

Outside In: Art of the Street

February 13–April 19, 2015
From outlaw status to the auction room, street art has become a global phenomenon. Its major practitioners—JR, Banksy, and Shepard Fairey, to name a few—have achieved rock star recognition. Surveying the phenomenon of street art, this exhibition presents the graphic art of nineteen street artists whose prestige has carried them from urban legend into high-profile international art museums and galleries.

Picturing Enlightenment: Tibetan Tangkas from the Mead Art Museum

September 12–December 7, 2014
This exhibit highlights eighteen tangkas from the collection of Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum. So fragile that they have remained largely inaccessible to scholars and museum visitors for nearly six decades, these tangkas, primarily from Tibet, have recently been gently cleaned, stabilized, and repaired. Vibrantly colored, intricately patterned, and ranging in height from two to nine feet, each work rewards close study.

Visual Weimar, 1919–1933

September 2–December 7, 2014
This exhibit brings together select paintings, drawings, and etchings by some of Weimar Germany’s most prominent artists such as Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Käthe Kollwitz, to confront the viewer with representations of the highly visual culture in Germany’s first democracy, and the productive and sometimes problematic relationship between criticizing and participating in a culture that could not prevent its people from falling for Hitler’s Germany under the Swastika.

Hyper! Works by Greg Haberny

September 2–October 26, 2014
In an artistic style self-described as “completely loose and out of control,” Greg Haberny uses an array of materials in his work while refusing to conform to a single medium. Melted crayons and Band-Aids add a vital texture to his work, while appropriated images of pop culture, like the iconic Mickey Mouse, create a tone of cultural and political critique.