Middlebury College Museum of Art

Wednesday, October 6

Living With Death: How Artists, Historians, and Museums Create Meaning in a Time of Loss

Artist Talk
Time: 7:00pm
Location: via Zoom

Artist and Writer Dario Robleto, in conversation with Ellery Foutch, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College


Historically, artists, museums, and everyday people have used objects and materials to create meaningful artifacts that shape our understandings of war, death, and loss. Underlying those actions is an assumption that art and creativity are useful responses in the face of such trauma. But what, specifically, is the role of artists and museums in any era of catastrophic loss? How do artists and museums help us make sense of seemingly senseless suffering and grief? How has this legacy continued to today?

In this shared conversation, artist Dario Robleto and art historian Ellery Foutch will discuss their responses to the tragedies of September 11, 2001 and our current pandemic moment, sharing what their research and practices have revealed about the historical past and future paths of what we might call a “history of the creative response to loss.”

You can register for the talk via the Sheldon Museum’s Zoom link.

This talk—which is part of the Henry Sheldon Museum’s virtual lecture series The Elephant in the Room: Exploring the Future of Museums—is presented with additional support from the Middlebury College Department of American Studies, Middlebury College Department of Studio Art, Middlebury College Department of History of Art, Associate Dean for the Arts, and the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

Dario Robleto, A Sadness Silence Cannot Touch, 2005