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American Faces Explores Our Obsession with Self

January 27, 2017

Americans have been celebrating themselves in portraits since the arrival to the colonies of the first itinerant portrait painters who created images to commemorate loved ones, glorify the famous, establish our national myths, and honor our shared heroes. Whether painting in oil, carving in stone, casting in bronze, capturing on film, or calculating in binary code, we spend considerable time creating, contemplating, and collecting our likenesses. This exhibit brings together ninety portraits from more than twenty collections to explore and explain why Americans have been fascinated with images of themselves for more than 300 years.

All Hail the Acropolis!

January 9, 2017

Constructed in the 5th century BCE, the Periclean building program on the Athenian Acropolis is the most celebrated architectural expression of the High-Classical age. This exhibition brings together early archaeological publications, antiquarian paintings, drawings, and prints, as well as photographs, books, and more recent images that are all drawn from collections at Middlebury. Together they bear testimony to the fascination with the Acropolis that has prevailed from the Enlightenment to the present.

Rokafella Breaks Out Hip Hop for Haring

October 7, 2016

In conjunction with the exhibition Post Pop: Prints of Keith Haring, pioneering feminist breakdancer Ana “Rokafella” Garcia will give a lecture demonstration in the Dance Theatre of the Mahaney Center for the Arts at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Museum Receives Federal Grant for Collection Management

September 26, 2016 – The Middlebury College Museum of Art has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to improve the management of its collection. With the federal funding, the museum will purchase a new database system that will be more reliable and easier to access and navigate than its current outdated system.

Keith Haring’s Prints Pop at Middlebury

August 12, 2016

This fall, the Middlebury College Museum of Art features more than forty prints by celebrated artist Keith Haring. Full of playful energy and vibrant color, the exhibition follows the icon’s illustrious career from 1982, when he made his first silkscreen prints, to his death from AIDS related complications in 1990 and covers the full range of his graphic work.

This Fall, a Brief Flowering of Viennese Optimism

August 9, 2016

Co-curated by Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture Erin Sassin and the students in her spring 2016 course “Bloom and Doom: Visual Expressions and Reform in Vienna circa 1900,” this exhibition features lesser known works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, along with prints, drawings, and posters created by other members of the Viennese Secession. Bloom and Doom illuminates how these individuals challenged the artistic and social establishment by rejecting the traditional academic system and turning to new means of expression, often attempting to reunify art and life in a “total work of art,” before giving into cultural pessimism and withdrawing from public life.