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Friday, October 2

Comics and the Art of Visual Communication

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

Scott McCloud, author and comics artist


Comics is finally coming of age as an artistic and literary form. Now this once-maligned medium of expression is poised for new opportunities, thanks to a mutating media environment and a potential revolution in visual education. Author and comics artist Scott McCloud shines a light on these and other fascinating trends in a fast-moving visual presentation. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Christian A. Johnson Enrichment Fund, the Christian A. Johnson Visual Arts Residency Program, the Director of the Arts, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Program in Film and Media Culture, the Chinese Department, and the Writing Program.

Monday, October 12

Materiality and Subjectivity in the Woodblock Prints of Die Brücke

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

Daniel Hackbarth, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Colgate University


In this talk, Daniel Hackbarth, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Colgate University will examine the woodblock prints of the German Expressionist artist group Die Brücke (1905–1913), focusing on the direct encounter between metal tools, viscous ink, and fibrous wood these images recorded. Rather than depicting the Innerlichkeit (inwardness) of a stable subjectivity, Professor Hackbarth will contend that these prints instead suggest the ongoing construction of the self through an intentionally laborious artistic process yielding often unpredictable results. By attending to the irregularities of their woodblock prints, he uncovers a set of deeper connections linking Die Brücke to a subsequent generation of Dadaist artists whose unwieldy photomontages and assembled sculptures embodied a technology of destructive friction rather than expedient function.

Thursday, October 15

Building and Recycling Altarpieces in Early Renaissance Florence

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Axinn Center at Starr Library, Room 229

Laurence Kanter, Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art and Chief Curator, Yale University Art Gallery


Patrons in fourteenth and fifteenth century Italy were acutely value conscious, frequently specifying the quality of materials an artist was expected to use or the parts of a painting he must execute by himself without recourse to assistants. Frugality often extended to having old paintings restored or recycled by adding new frames or changing a few figures to suit a new context. These changes are sometimes easily recognized by the modern art historian, but sometimes they can be detected only by near microscopic analysis of a painting’s surface. Identifying two different painters at work on an altarpiece, either contemporaneously or occasionally a hundred years apart or more, can have surprising consequences for conventional notions of the history of art. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum.

Friday, October 30

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele

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

Janis Staggs, Associate Director, Curatorial and Publications, Neue Galerie, New York


Janis Staggs, Associate Director, Curatorial and Publications, Neue Galerie, New York will discuss the work of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in the context of the nude female body and its visualization in the period leading up to and following the First World War. 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.