Middlebury College Museum of Art

News & Events

Wednesday, September 12

Lecture: "Built to Educate: The American Art Museum"

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Twilight Auditorium

Dr. James A. Welu

Dr. James A. Welu, Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum, offers the first in a series of talks about issues in the museum world. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Committee on the Arts in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums.

Thursday, September 13

Lecture: "China Modern: Designing 20th Century Popular Culture"

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

Maggie Clinton, Assistant Professor of History, and Thomas E. Moran, John D. Berninghausen Professor of Chinese

On the occasion of the opening of the Museum’s China Modern exhibition, Maggie Clinton, assistant professor of History, and Thomas E. Moran, John D. Berninghausen Professor of Chinese, discuss the seismic historical changes revealed by the commercial products on view.  Sponsored by the Middlebury  College Museum of Art, the Friends of the Art Museum, the Department of Chinese, and the Department of History.

Wednesday, September 19

Lecture: "Architecture as Art House: Museums for a New Generation"

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Twilight Auditorium

Ann Beha

Ann Beha, Founder and President, Ann Beha Architects, Boston, Massachusetts, a member of the team responsible for the Center for Art and Education, a new year-round facility at Shelburne Museum, discusses the current state of museum architecture. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Committee on the Arts in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums.

Friday, September 21

International Politics and Economics Symposium: "From Deng to Dollars: The Political Economy of China's Rise"

Symposium
Time: 7:15pm
Location: McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 216

Ezra Vogel, Yasheng Huang, and Scott Rozelle

Three of the world’s leading China scholars will make presentations in this inaugural symposium devoted to critical issues in global political economy: Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University; Yasheng Huang, professor in international management at the Sloan School of Management, MIT; and Scott Rozelle, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. In conjunction with the Middlebury College Museum of Art exhibition China Modern: Designing 20th Century Popular Culture.  

Friday, September 21

International Politics and Economics Symposium: "From Deng to Dollars: The Political Economy of China's Rise"

Symposium
Time: 12:15pm
Location: McCullough Social Space

Ezra Vogel, Yasheng Huang, and Scott Rozelle

Three of the world’s leading China scholars will make presentations in this inaugural symposium devoted to critical issues in global political economy: Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University; Yasheng Huang, professor in international management at the Sloan School of Management, MIT; and Scott Rozelle, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. In conjunction with the Middlebury College Museum of Art exhibition China Modern: Designing 20th Century Popular Culture.  

Saturday, September 22

Friends of the Art Museum Tour of the Rock of Ages Quarry, Barre, Vermont

Field Trip
Time: 9:00am
Location: bus departs from and returns to the Mahaney Center for the Arts Parking Lot

In advance of the museum’s spring 2013 exhibition Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context, the Friends of the Art Museum have organized a bus trip to this extraordinary nearby site. For information contact Mikki Lane, mlane@middlebury.edu, 802.443.2309.

Friday, September 28

Off the Wall—Informal Discussions About Art

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

Kirsten Hoving, Charles A. Dana Professor of Art and Architecture

In conjunction with the Clifford Symposium, Charles A. Dana Professor of Art and Architecture Kirsten Hoving discusses her collaboration with students in the art history course “Alfred Stieglitz and Camera Work” that resulted in the current exhibition Camera Work: Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand and Company. 

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 welcomed.

Wednesday, October 3

Lecture: "History in the Making: Building the Hallmark Photographic Collection"

Lecture
Time: 3:44pm
Location: Twilight Auditorium

Keith F. Davis

Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator of Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, discusses the formation of the Hallmark Corporation Collection of Photography, now a part of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art collection. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Committee on the Arts in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums.

Wednesday, October 24

Lecture: "Censorship 2.0: Museums in the Participatory Age"

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Twilight Auditorium

Christopher Steiner

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel ’22 Professor of Art History and Director of the Museum Studies Program, Connecticut College offers the fourth in a series of talks about issues in the museum world. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and the Committee on the Arts in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums.

Saturday, October 27

Screening: Oxhide II

Screening & Discussion
Time: 2:27pm
Location: Dana Auditorium

Liu Jiayin, Director & Writer

Shot in real time, this Chinese film follows a family of three as they eat a dinner of dumplings and discuss everyday problems. Beneath this simple premise, Oxhide II “rides high on process, on the pleasure one takes in seeing things assembled, made, slowly come to together”—Notebook. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition China Modern: Designing 20th-Century Popular Culture. Sponsored by the Department of Chinese, East Asian Studies Program, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Committee on the Arts, and Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

Saturday, November 3

Friends of the Art Museum Purchase Party

Purchase Party
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Middlebury College Museum of Art and Mahaney Center for the Arts Lobby

A festive occasion for members of the Museum Friends to celebrate and select a new work of art for the collection. Membership information: 802.443.2309 or museum.middlebury.edu/support/membership.

Wednesday, November 14

Lecture: "Case Studies in Art Conservation"

Lecture
Time: 3:37pm
Location: Twilight Auditorium

Tom Branchick

Tom Branchick, Director and Conservator of Paintings, Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Massachusetts, has added his anonymous touch to works of art by legions of famous artists. He discusses the service of conservation to the central purpose of art museums: the preservation of the world’s art. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and the Committee on the Arts in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums. 

Friday, November 16

Off the Wall—Informal Discussions About Art

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

Eliza B. Garrison, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture

Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture Eliza B. Garrison will present the museum’s recently acquired Book of Hours, an illustrated manuscript produced in Bruges, c. 1500, with links to many of the most influential artists in the history of the Northern Renaissance. 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 welcomed.

Wednesday, November 28

Lecture: "Critical Mass: How Reviewers Influence Museums (and vice versa)"

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Twilight Auditorium

Lee Rosenbaum

Lee Rosenbaum writes the award-winning CultureGrrl (http://www.artsjournal.com/culturegrrl/) blog at ArtsJournal.com and is a contributor to Wall Street Journal’s “Leisure & Arts” page and Huffington Post Arts. She provides cultural commentary for NPR and numerous local Public Radio stations and has written for The New York Times and Los Angeles Times Op-Ed pages and for ARTnews and Art in America magazines, among others. A frequent lecturer, she is author of The Complete Guide to Collecting Art (Knopf).  Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Committee on the Arts in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums.

Wednesday, January 30

Gallery Talk: Black, White, and Beautiful

Gallery Talk
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Middlebury College Museum of Art

May Mantell, Visiting Professor of Studio Art

Visiting Professor of Studio Art May Mantell will speak about the current exhibit Black, White, and Beautiful: Silver Prints from the Museum Collection. Made in the darkroom and processed in wet chemistry, gelatin silver prints have an exceptional presence as a consequence of the silver embedded in them. Once ubiquitous, these prints quickly becoming rarer and rarer; currently most photographic printing uses digital ink processes. The exhibition is on view through February 3, 2013. Free

Tuesday, February 12

Lecture: "Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky's Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context"

Lecture
Time: 4:12pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Juliette Bianco and Pieter Broucke, Co-Curators

At the celebratory opening for this exhibit, co-curators Juliette Bianco, Assistant Director, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and Pieter Broucke, Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Director of the Arts, Middlebury, discuss the artist’s career and the process of organizing the exhibition. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum.

Friday, February 22

Off the Wall—Informal Discussions About Art: "Monkey Business"

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

Cynthia Packert, Christian A. Johnson Professor of History of Art

Christian A. Johnson Professor of History of Art Cynthia Packert offers a lively discussion of a recently acquired late eighteenth-century Indian painting that depicts a dramatic event from the Hindu epic the Ramayana. 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 welcomed.

Thursday, February 28

Lecture: "Finding a Missing Saint in Fifteenth-Century Bruges: The Bearded Monk in the Middlebury Triptych by the Master of the St. Ursula Legend"

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

Paul Monod, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of History

A. Barton Hepburn Professor of History Paul Monod discusses the mystery identity of one of the figures in the museum’s early Renaissance panel painting. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Department of History of Art and Architecture.

Tuesday, March 5

Lecture: "Digging Deep: Edward Burtynsky's Vermont Quarry Photographs"

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

Charles A. Dana Professor of Art and Architecture Kirsten Hoving

Charles A. Dana Professor of Art and Architecture Kirsten Hoving discusses the art history, the technological record, and the artist’s personal connection to his subject in her comprehensive overview of the images on view in this museum exhibition. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Department of History of Art and Architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context.

Friday, March 8

Off the Wall—Informal Discussions About Art: "Louis Kahn on the Acropolis"

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

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

Director of the Arts, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, and Associate Curator of Ancient Art, Pieter Broucke discusses the museum’s recently acquired pastel drawing of the Propylaea by Kahn as evidence of the transformative effect of the architect’s 1951 visit to Athens. 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 welcomed.

Thursday, March 14

Lecture: "Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky's Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context"

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Dana Auditorium

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky comes to Middlebury to speak about his photographic career on the occasion of the exhibition of his work at the college museum. His works are internationally acclaimed for their haunting verisimilitude as well as their unwavering focus on “nature transformed through industry.” Tremendous in both scale and ambition, their global reach includes recycling yards, quarries, factories, and refineries. The subject of major exhibitions world-wide, Burtynsky’s photographs are in the collections of more than fifty major museums, including our own. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Franklin Environmental Center, and the Academic Enrichment Fund.

Tuesday, March 19

Lecture: "Italian Stoneworkers in Vermont, 1880-1915"

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

Ilaria Brancoli Busdraghi

Visiting Professor of Italian Ilaria Brancoli Busdraghi discusses the development of the state’s granite and marble industries and the community of workers who performed the heavy lifting. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context.

Thursday, April 4

Lecture: "Ercole Ferrata and the Art of Learning to Carve in Bernini's Rome"

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

Dr. Jessica Boehman

Dr. Jessica Boehman, a specialist in Roman Baroque sculpture from New York University, discusses the sculpture workshop of Ercole Ferrata, who trained young sculptors in the most demanding artistic environment in Europe. Dr. Boehman’s visit will also provide us with her firsthand observation of The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, a sculptural relief in the museum collection attributed to Tommaso Amantini, a student of Ferrata. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Department of History of Art and Architecture.

Friday, April 12

Off the Wall—Informal Discussions About Art: "Fabergé"

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

Adrian Kerester '15, Robert F. Reiff Intern

The Middlebury College Museum of Art possesses a remarkable collection of Russian artifacts and family keepsakes made by the firm of the famous jeweler, Carl Fabergé. The Museum’s Robert F. Reiff Intern Adrian Kerester ’15 explores Russia’s social history at the turn of the last century though an examination of and conversation surrounding Russian decorative arts and the culture of Russia’s ruling aristocracy. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College Museum of Art, and Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. Free to College ID cardholders; community donations welcomed.

Friday, April 12

Off the Wall—Informal Discussions About Art: "Looking at Art with the Robert F. Reiff Intern"

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

Adrian Kerester '15, Robert F. Reiff Intern

Take a close look at an object from the museum’s collection with the museum’s Robert F. Reiff Intern. 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 welcomed.

Tuesday, April 16

Don Ross: "Photographing Quarries"

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

Don Ross

Brandon photographer Don Ross has been photographing Vermont quarries for over two decades. His work has been exhibited widely and appears in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and Middlebury College Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context. Free.

Sunday, May 5

Friends of the Art Museum Annual Meeting and Supper

Annual Supper
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Kirk Alumni Center

Members of the Friends of the Art Museum and invited guests gather to celebrate the year in review, welcome incoming officers and trustees, and present awards for distinction in the visual arts. Membership information: 802.443.2309 or museum.middlebury.edu/support/membership.

Friday, June 7

Illustrated Lecture: Edward Hopper in Vermont

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Bonnie Tocher Clause

Illustrated lecture by Bonnie Tocher Clause, author of the recently published book Edward Hopper in Vermont, which was the catalyst for one of the museum's summer exhibitions. She will speak about the revelation and evolution of the book project and the works on view in the exhibition. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free.

Thursday, June 27

Where Art Meets Life: Edward Hopper Viewed by his Biographer

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

Gail Levin

Illustrated lecture by Gail Levin. In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Edward Hopper in Vermont, Levin, the foremost biographer of Edward Hopper, will give a general introduction to his work as well as her own. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free.

2012–2013 Events Calendar