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Thursday, April 1

“Art and the Public Realm”

Slide Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Twilight Auditorium

Spencer Finch

Internationally renowned artist Spencer Finch will give an illustrated lecture about his experiences producing public art installations. Finch’s work probes both the transience and permanence of the human experience. His installations explore the phenomena of light, color and shadow, distilling works of poetry and literature, as well as engaging the natural world and the physical sciences. Sponsored by the Committee on Art in Public Places and the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

Thursday, April 8

“Lost Worlds? 19th Century American Paintings from Shelburne Museum”

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

John McWilliams, Professor of Humanities

John McWilliams, professor of humanities, will discuss paintings included in the exhibition of American art from Shelburne Museum as he reflects on the ways in which our responses to once accessible images are altered by their seeming disappearance from cultural currency.

Thursday, April 15

“How Culture Explains (Almost) Everything”

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Dana Auditorium

Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic for The New York Times

In this lecture Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic for The New York Times, explains how culture not only entertains and distracts us, it also helps us understand the deepest fears, desires, and aspirations behind the big political and economic forces of the day. Kimmelman will take us on a guided tour across the continent and elsewhere—a tour unlike any other, an insider’s look that no tourist ever gets—to reveal how culture is no longer something handed down from on high, which citizens must passively receive. It is not just what art critics proclaim. Rather, it points us toward those things around us that shape how we live, how we treat one another: it helps reveal who we are to ourselves.