Middlebury College Museum of Art

Wednesday, February 14

Colonial Latin America: A Crossroads Between East and West

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

Dennis Carr


Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Beginning in the 16th century, direct trade between Europe, Asia, and the Americas spurred a remarkable interchange of artworks and artistic styles. Inspired by objects brought via the trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific trade routes, colonial artists across the Americas—from Caracas, Venezuela, to Mexico City, to Lima, Peru—created spectacular artworks that blended Asian, indigenous, and European influences, reflecting the newly globalized world in which they were made. Offered in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Juan Pedro Lopez, Our Lady of Guidance
Juan Pedro López, Our Lady of Guidance (Nuestra Señora de Guía), c. 1762, oil on panel. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of Jorge Rivas.

Friday, February 16

Fridays at the Museum—“[She Is] Beautiful”: the Double Pipe in Greek Music, Religion, and Vase Painting

Performance/Lecture
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Damascus Kafumbe, Pavlos Sfyroeras, and Pieter Broucke


Professors Damascus Kafumbe (Music), Pavlos Sfyroeras (Classics), and Pieter Broucke (History of Art) team up for a multi-pronged contextualization of the musical ritual on an alabastron by the Emporion Painter that was recently acquired by the Museum.

Black Figure White Ground Alabastron, attributed to the Emporion Painter
Black-Figure White-Ground Alabastron, attributed to the Emporion Painter, Greek, Attic, c. 510–490 B.C.E., terracotta, 7 3/8 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Art Fund, 2014.008.

Tuesday, February 20

Medardo Rosso: Opening the Door to Modern and Contemporary Sculpture

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

Sharon Hecker


Dr. Sharon Hecker—art historian, curator, leading scholar on Medardo Rosso (1858–1928), and author of A Moment’s Monument: Medardo Rosso and the International Origins of Modern Sculpture—considers the artist’s work, his unusual casting techniques and exhibition strategies, and his influence on modern and contemporary artists.

Sharon Hecker
Sharon Hecker