On Tuesday, September 2 the Middlebury College Museum of Art will open a new exhibition titled Visual Weimar, 1919–1933. It will contain 25 works by German and Austrian artists created during the years of the Weimar Republic, Germany’s first democracy, which was founded shortly after the end of World War I. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, and etchings by prominent artists including George Grosz, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz, Erich Heckel, and Lyonel Feininger.
The Museum’s summer interns Eric Haas ’15 and Danny Zhang ’15 conducted a room-by-room inventory of more than 80 objects at the historically significant Middlebury Community House, which has served as a hub for social and educational gatherings since it was donated to the people of Middlebury in 1932.
When Middlebury College students return to campus this September they will be greeted by Youbie Obie, a large sculpture newly located on the northern edge of the campus, near Coffrin Hall and Le Chateau. Measuring some 15 1/2 feet in length and rising to 15 1/2 feet in height, the cor-ten steel construction, created by J. Pindyck Miller, a 1960 graduate of Middlebury, consists of arcs and half-arcs in a rhythmic and commodious relationship that suggests a gate.
On Friday, June 13, the Middlebury College Museum of Art opened Deutsche Kunst aus Unserer Sammlung (German Art from Our Collection), an exhibition of twenty-eight works that begins a yearlong celebration of the German Language School’s centennial anniversary.
Hartje, our 2014 Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern and the first graduate of Middlebury’s new museum studies track, wrote an impressive senior thesis that makes a compelling case for revitalizing the Frost cabin as a place where scholars and writers could go to appreciate Frost’s life, his work, and his craft.
On Friday, May 23 the Middlebury College Museum of Art will celebrate the start of summer with the opening of Life’s a Beach. The exhibition features 53 photographs by British photographer Martin Parr and provides both broad views and close-ups of sunbathers across 19 countries. The show was organized by Aperture, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing photography via Aperture magazine, books, traveling exhibitions, and educational programs.
Now on view at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the exhibition Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action features thirteen politically charged posters that showcase the history of the Guerrilla Girls’ activism and encourage viewers to question the ethics of the art world. Curated by twelve current students, the exhibition was produced through the J-term course “Art, Performance, and Activism” taught by Chief Curator Emmie Donadio.
The Friends of the Middlebury College Museum of Art are seeking nominations for their 2014 Arts Awards recognition program, now in its sixteenth year. The Awards program, which was redesigned last year in an effort to reach out farther into the community, focuses this year, and in subsequent even numbered years, on recognizing teachers, volunteers, artists, and supporters of the visual arts in the county for their achievements. This year and every year the program will also honor a Middlebury College student whose achievement in the field of the visual arts deserves special recognition.
The Middlebury College Museum of Art recently unveiled a new gift: the life portraits of Henry Bliss Northup (1805–1877) and his wife Electa Taylor Northup (1803–1882). The portraits arrived just in time to reveal their connection to one of this year’s Oscar-nominated films, Twelve Years a Slave.
RoseLee Goldberg, author, scholar, curator, and founder of the Performance biennial in New York, will speak at Middlebury College on Thursday, February 27 at 4:30 pm in the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Her lecture will provide rich context and in depth analysis for Performance Now, an exhibition which she organized and is on view through Sunday, April 20 at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.