Middlebury College Museum of Art

Exhibitions

Exhibitions 2016–2017

Following is a list of exhibitions that were on view during the 2016–2017 academic year. Please click on the title of an exhibition to view a full press release for that show.

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.

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.

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.

Post Pop: Prints of Keith Haring

September 16–December 11, 2016
Art star of the 1980s, Keith Haring was an indefatigable presence on the world stage until his premature death from AIDS in 1990. His Pop Shops sold his designs on clothing, toys, posters, skateboards, and other merchandise. Haring also created more than 50 public murals in cities around the world, for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers, and orphanages. This exhibition presents selected limited editions on loan from the Keith Haring Foundation, which provides funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and charities supporting underserved youth.

Bloom and Doom: Visual Expressions and Reform in Vienna 1900

September 6–December 11, 2016
Drawn from the holdings of the Sabarsky Foundation in New York City, this exhibition features lesser known works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, along with prints, drawings, and posters created by other members of the Viennese Secession and those on the fringes of the Viennese avant-garde. Bloom and Doom illuminates how these individuals challenged the artistic and social establishment by rejecting the traditional academic system and turning to new means of expression, often attempting to reunify art and life in a “total work of art,” before giving into cultural pessimism and withdrawing from public life.