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Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben to speak on Photography and Climate Change

September 19, 2017

In conjunction with the exhibition Land & Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment, currently on view at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, best-selling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben will speak about photography and climate change in a lecture titled “Seeing the World as the First Step toward Saving It” on Thursday, October 12.

Museum Exhibit Examines the Environment through Modern and Contemporary Photography

August 1, 2017

Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment is an exhibition that has been several years in the making. Featuring seventy-one images spanning the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, the works on view come primarily from the Museum’s rich holdings of historic and contemporary photography. Among the wide range of artists represented are historic figures Ansel Adams, Arthur Rothstein, Eliot Porter and Alfred Stieglitz, as well as many contemporaries. Among these Jamie Stillings, Richard Misrach, David Maisel, James Balog, and Edward Burtynsky are well known for their concerned image-making.

Recent Bequests on View this Fall

July 20, 2017

Collector Charles Moffett—a Middlebury alumnus from the Class of 1967 and one of the most highly regarded world authorities on Impressionism—and Lucinda Herrick, his widow, have given and bequeathed some seventy-five works of art to the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Those works, as varied and engaging as Moffett’s broad interests, are the subject of the exhibition A Story of Art, which opens at the Museum on Tuesday, September 5.

Cosmic Geometry Restored

July 14, 2017

Local artist Joseph Schine ’03 has been working to restore Sabra Field’s Mural of Cosmic Geometry on the back of Wright Theatre.

An Influential Love Story in Black and White

May 15, 2017

On May 26 the Middlebury College Museum of Art opens The Lovings, an Intimate Portrait: Photographs by Grey Villet in its Overbrook Gallery. The exhibition, which features twenty photographs by Grey Villet drawn largely from his germinal 1965 LIFE magazine photo essay telling the remarkable and epochal love story of interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving, takes its name from the recently published book, which presents that photo essay in its entirety for the first time.

Six Decades of Sabra Field, This Summer at Middlebury

May 12, 2017

On the occasion of Sabra Field’s 60th reunion the Museum launches a retrospective exhibition that includes some 70 prints that span six decades of the artist’s career. Nearly all come from the College’s repository of Field’s work, a gift to the Museum that has been growing as the indefatigable artist maintains her active production schedule. In addition to many of her signature Vermont landscapes, mythological suites, and portraits, the exhibition includes the revelatory 2015 documentary film Sabra by Dartmouth professor William Phillips.

Roy Lichtenstein’s Mermaid Comes to Middlebury

May 1, 2017

In 1994, PACT 95, a syndicate organized to compete in the America’s Cup trials the following year, invited Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein to create a graphic design for the hull and spinnaker of their boat. The syndicate, which included as skipper, Kevin Mahaney, a 1984 graduate of Middlebury College and the winner of a silver medal in sailing at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, is responsible for the implementation of one of Lichtenstein’s largest and last works. This exhibit includes the actual seventy-seven foot hull of Young America—on loan to Middlebury from Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY—as well as several related preliminary works by the artist and other works illustrating the history of the America’s Cup.

American Faces Explores Our Obsession with Self

January 27, 2017

Americans have been celebrating themselves in portraits since the arrival to the colonies of the first itinerant portrait painters who created images to commemorate loved ones, glorify the famous, establish our national myths, and honor our shared heroes. Whether painting in oil, carving in stone, casting in bronze, capturing on film, or calculating in binary code, we spend considerable time creating, contemplating, and collecting our likenesses. This exhibit brings together ninety portraits from more than twenty collections to explore and explain why Americans have been fascinated with images of themselves for more than 300 years.

All Hail the Acropolis!

January 9, 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.

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