Middlebury College Museum of Art

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Wednesday, April 13

Experiments in Teaching Across Disciplines at Harvard Art Museums

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

Jessica Levin Martinez, Director, Division of Academic and Public Programs, Harvard Art Museums


Jessica Levin Martinez, Director, Division of Academic and Public Programs, Harvard Art Museums, will discuss new spaces and strategies for teaching and learning at the museums, which reopened in Fall 2014 after a major renovation and expansion. She will also address public programs that encourage collaboration with campus and community partners and offer a fresh take on the museums’ celebrated collections. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Education Studies Program, and the Museum Studies Enrichment Fund.

Thursday, April 21

Paul Strand’s Problem of Likeness, or, Notes toward a Theory of Portraiture

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

Amanda Bock, Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art


Building on a new approach to portraiture Paul Strand initially explored while working in New England, his intensive and intimate photographic study of the residents of the small Italian village of Luzzara rigorously probed the limits of the genre. In this talk, Amanda Bock, Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, attempts to account for these images—portraits that are deceptively straightforward; that are at once unassuming glimpses of the everyday and defiantly monumental; that hover somewhere between the studio and the street; that share many compositional affinities but yet refute redundancy; and that exist, surprisingly comfortably, between document and icon. Constructing a theory of portraiture for Strand’s Luzzaresi illuminates much about the photographer’s own portrait practice but also offers a new perspective on the state of American photography at mid century.

This lecture is a prelude to the museum’s summer exhibition Paul Strand in Vermont: 1943–1946.

Friday, April 22

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—Look, Don’t Touch: How Aspen Defies what We’ve Come to Expect as the “Art Experience”

Art & Lunch Discussion
Time: 12:15pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125 and Museum

Madison Hampton ’18, Robert F. Reiff Intern, Middlebury College Museum of Art


We have grown to accept art as something framed and subsequently hung on the pristine white walls of museums and galleries; but Aspen, as a boxed publication printed in 1967, forces us to question not only how we define art, but also how we interact with it. Join Madison Hampton ’18, Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, to learn more about this recent acquisition. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders.

Friday, April 29

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—Orazio Samacchini’s Judith with the Head of Holofernes: an Art Historical Detective Story

Art & Lunch Discussion
Time: 12:15pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre and Museum

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


In 1968 Middlebury acquired a painting of the Old Testament heroine Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Over time its attribution to Hans Von Aachen (1522–1615), a Mannerist German artist, was called into question. A multi-year quest ensued, running through art fairs, museums, galleries and auction houses in Holland, Italy, France, and New York and involving an international cast of scholars, dealers and curators. The outcome is the painting's reattribution to Orazio Samacchini (1532–1577) an influential Mannerist artist from Bologna. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders.