Middlebury College Museum of Art

Thursday, March 2

“A Twitch Upon the Thread”: The Parthenon, Genealogy, Ritual, and Resonance

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

Dr. Joan B. Connelly, Professor of Classics and Art History, New York University


The interpretation of the Parthenon Frieze as somehow depicting an episode in the Panathenaic procession has uneasily prevailed for well over two centuries. Dr. Joan B. Connelly, Professor of Classics and Art History, New York University and author of The Parthenon Enigma (2014), has proposed a radically new reading of the frieze as depicting a foundation myth, in the process overhauling our understanding of the temple as a whole. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Director of the Arts.

Parthenon north frieze

Thursday, March 9

Making Sense of our Selfie Nation

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

Richard Saunders, Museum Director


Richard Saunders, director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art and author of American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity. Today selfies are everywhere. In 2015 Snapchat reported that almost 9,000 images were posted to its site each second and of these 5% were selfies. But how has modern technology and the proliferation of the selfie changed how Americans, as well as people most everywhere, choose to retain and share with others images of themselves? Is the smartphone simply the latest device to allow us to continue to retain and share only those images of ourselves that reinforce our own idealized self-image? Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity.

Obama selfie with prime ministers