Middlebury College Museum of Art

Friday, April 7

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—The Robert F. Reiff Intern

Art & Lunch Discussion
Time: 12:15pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125 and Lower Lobby

The Robert F. Reiff Intern


Take a closer look at an object from the museum’s collection with the Robert F. Reiff Intern. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders.

Thursday, April 13

This is a Portrait if I Say So

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Anne Goodyear, co-director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art


Anne Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and co-author of This is a Portrait if I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today, will discuss how portraiture evolved largely as a genre based on mimesis to one stressing conceptual and symbolic associations between artist and subject. Artists considered range from Georgia O’Keeffe and Marcel Duchamp to Jasper Johns and Yoko Ono. Presented in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Director of the Arts.

cover of This is a Portrait if I Say So

Thursday, April 27

Beauty and Self Image

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Nancy Etcoff, Assistant Clinical Professor and Psychologist, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital


Nancy Etcoff—Assistant Clinical Professor and Psychologist, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, TED talk presenter, and author of Survival of the Prettiest (2000), the first in-depth scientific inquiry into the nature of  human beauty—sheds light on why we devour fashion magazines, check our waistlines, and gaze longingly at objects of desire. Presented in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Academic Enrichment Fund, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Director of the Arts, the Committee on the Arts, and the Department of Psychology.

nancy etcoff, survival of the prettiest