Middlebury College Museum of Art

Friday, April 6

Fridays at the Museum—Caveat Emptor: The American Historical Portrait in the Early Twentieth Century

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Richard Saunders, Museum Director and Professor of History of Art and Architecture


At the beginning of the 20th Century there was a growing appetite for American objects from the colonial period and the early Republic—particularly portraits of figures prominent in our early history. But demand exceeded supply and, as a consequence, pictures began to appear from various sources with fabricated identifications, invented provenances, and, on occasion, fraudulent artist signatures. Richard Saunders tells this story about how such subterfuge was revealed.

unknown British artist, Mrs Oxenbridge Thacher
Unknown Artist (British), Portrait of Mrs. Oxenbridge Thacher (née Sarah Kent, 1724–1764), 1749, oil on canvas, 50 1/4 x 40 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Fund, 2007.012.

Thursday, April 12

Cameron Visiting Artist Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist

Artist Talk
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Twilight Auditorium

Artist Mark Dion


Known best for his elaborate installations and fantastical curiosity cabinets, which often merge surprisingly disparate objects classified and arranged as so many incarnations of rare species, Mark Dion’s art questions distinctions between “objective” (“rational”) methods and “subjective” (“irrational”) influences. He returns to campus on the occasion of the Museum exhibition of prints created by the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund and students in Hedya Klein’s Silkscreen and Intaglio classes. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Program in Studio Art, the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the First Year Seminar Program.

Mark Dion, Oceanomania
Mark Dion (American, b. 1961), Oceanomania: Souvenirs from Mysterious Seas—Musée Oceanographic de Monaco, 2011, photopolymer etching on paper, 15 1/8 x 16 inches. Collection of the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Gift of the artist, 2013.008. (Photo: May Mantell Photography, Vermont)

Friday, April 13

Fridays at the Museum: Ancient Greek Coins at the Museum

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Simone Edgar Holmes ’20.5


Simone Edgar Holmes ’20.5, Intern in Ancient Art, will present her numismatic research and display proposal for the impressive collection of Ancient Greek coins that the Museum has been expanding in recent years.

AV Dinar, Bahram II, Sassanian
AV Dinar, Bahram II, Sassanian, c. 276–293 CE, gold, dia: 21mm. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Gift (by exchange) of Wilson Farnsworth, George Mead, and Henry Sheldon.

Friday, April 27

Fridays at the Museum—Fish Story: An Artistic Vision of Industry

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Laurel Rand-Lewis ’20, Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern


Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern Laurel Rand-Lewis ’20 focuses on works by Allan Sekula in the museum’s collection, discussing in particular his Fish Story (1988–2003), an extensive and provocative exploration of the international world of shipping. Sekula’s project exposes the human impact of modernized global trade and the constant forward drive of economic capital. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Allan Sekula, Exxon Valdez and Lead Fish, from Fish Project
Allan Sekula (American, 1951–2013), The Rechristened Exxon Valdez awaiting sea trials after repairs, National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, August 1990; and Lead Fish, variant of a conference room designed for the Chiat/Day Advertising Agency, architect: Frank Gehry, installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, May 1988; from Fish Story, 1988–2003, cibachrome on paper, 28 x 39 inches and 28 x 34 inches, respectively. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Art Acquisition Fund, 2009.047.