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.
On Friday, February 7, the Middlebury College Museum of Art will open the exhibition Performance Now, a selection of works by artists who practice a variety of art making procedures featuring videos, objects, films, and installations that document ephemeral occurrences. RoseLee Goldberg, art historian and curator of the exhibit, showed in her groundbreaking book Performance Art: From Futurism To the Present (1979) that performance is central to the history of 20th century art. In 2005 she launched Performa 05, the first biennial of visual art performance, and predicted that performance would become “the medium of the 21st century.” Performance Now deftly demonstrates that this medium’s time has come.
On Tuesday, January 7 the Middlebury College Museum of Art will open an exhibition dedicated to the state’s buildings. Observing Vermont Architecture Exhibit features some one hundred photographs by Curtis B. Johnson selected to accompany the newly published Buildings of Vermont co-authored by Johnson and Glenn M. Andres. Curated by the authors, the exhibition celebrates an architectural heritage that has made Vermont the only state in the Union to be designated in its entirety as a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Vito Acconci’s Way Station I (Study Chamber) was a lightning rod for strong opinions while it was extant on the College’s campus, and the exhibition has garnered similar attention. Here’s a summary of what local and regional media outlets are saying about the reinstalled piece and the accompanying exhibit.