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Thursday, March 1

Empress Furia Tranquillina and the Dynamics of Late Roman Portraiture

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, and Associate Curator of Ancient Art

Professor Broucke discusses the Museum’s 2010 acquisition of a portrait of the late Roman Empress Tranquillina, wife of Gordian III, who ruled from 238-244 c.e., the tumultuous time of the "Soldier Emperors." The portrait belongs to a sculptural type attributed to an anonymous sculptor (the Gordian Master) whose schematic approach to the human face heralds the advent of late antique and early medieval modes of representation. In his lecture, Dr. Broucke contextualizes the important new acquisition, in both historical and art-historical terms. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Friday, March 2

Off the Wall—Informal Discussions about Art: “Middlebury Deconstruction: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer’s Design for the Center for the Arts”

Art & Lunch Discussion
Time: 12:15pm
Location: Middlebury College Museum of Art

Glenn Andres, Professor of Art History

Meet in the lobby of the museum and join Professor of Art History Glenn Andres as he conducts a walking tour of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. Free to College ID card holders; community donations accepted.

Friday, March 2

Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui

Film Screening
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Starr-Axinn Center, Room 232

Directed by Susan Vogel, Founding Director of New York’s Museum for African Art; former curator of African Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; former Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and Professor in the Department of Art History at Columbia University, this film follows the artist over a period of two years. Filming him at his studio in Ghana, at the Venice Biennale, and in the U.S.A., Vogel provides a vivid portrait of this acclaimed artist who creates sumptuous wall hangings from recycled bottle tops—transformed by thousands of hours of labor. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Thursday, March 8

The Master of the Saint Ursula Legend in Context

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Dr. Till-Holger Borchert, Curator-in-Chief of the Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium

The Groeninge Museum houses a many-paneled painting depicting the life of Saint Ursula—the work that gives the Master his name. Middlebury recently acquired two wings of an altarpiece attributed to this painter. The many subjects depicted on the panels are a superb example of late-fifteenth-century Flemish painting, a topic of Dr. Borchert’s expertise. In addition to studies of the artists Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling, and Albrect Durer, Borchert recently published Van Eyck to Durer: The Influence of Early Netherlandish Painting on European Art, 14301530. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Friday, March 9

Lagos/Koolhaas (2003, 55 minutes)

Film Screening
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Starr-Axinn Center, Room 232

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard University, Rem Koolhaas conducts the Project on the City, a research program investigating changing urban conditions around the world. This documentary film follows Koolhaas and his students over a two-year period in visits to Lagos, Nigeria, a city predicted to have 24 million residents by 2020. Considering Lagos a case study in an urban environment produced by explosive population growth, with the attendant problems of traffic congestion, water supply, and available electricity, Koolhaas believes that “Lagos is not catching up with us” in the developed world. Rather, he predicts, “we may be catching up with Lagos” in the not too distant future. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis.