Middlebury College Museum of Art

Fridays at the Museum

Join us every Friday at 12:15 at the Middlebury College Museum of Art for a special program related to the collection or an exhibition! Fridays at the Museum will complement already-scheduled and publicized Off the Wall lecture/luncheons. Rehearsals Café will be open for light lunch fare. Be sure to visit this page often as information regarding upcoming Friday events will be continually updated as the series expands.

2016


Friday, September 23

Contemplative Coloring in the Galleries

Spend a mindful moment with our collection as you color beautiful line renderings of the museum’s treasures, created by Phoebe Mitchell ’18. Follow the original or create your own color schemes. Colored pencils provided.

Friday, September 30

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—An Ibis in Three Perspectives: Egypt’s Sacred Bird in Art, Science, and Religion. MCA Dance Theatre.

Professors Pieter Broucke (History of Art and Architecture), Shalom Goldman (Religion), and Stephen Trombulak (Biology) team up for an interdisciplinary contextualization of the Late-Period Egyptian bronze ibis figurine recently acquired by the museum. 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, October 7

Lost and Found: Research on Nazi-Era Looting and Restitution at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. MCA, Dance Theatre.

During WWII, artwork was displaced on an unprecedented scale, both destroyed during conflict and looted by soldiers and civilians alike. This lecture by Victoria Reed, Monica S. Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the process of research and documentation of seizures, thefts, and losses in Europe between 1933 and 1945. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Johnson Enrichment Fund, Museum Studies Gift Fund, and the Department of History.

Friday, October 14

Contemplative Coloring in the Galleries

Spend a mindful moment with our collection as you color beautiful line renderings of the museum’s treasures, created by Phoebe Mitchell ’18. Follow the original or create your own color schemes. Colored pencils provided.

Friday, October 21

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—Video ergo sum: On Campus and Beyond. Dance Theatre.

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Emmie Donadio will survey the museum collection of art seen and unseen. 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, October 28

Keith Haring: A Discussion with Julia Gruen. Museum, Christian A. Johnson Gallery.

Long-time friend and, since 1984, studio manager for artist Keith Haring, Julia Gruen has been actively promoting Haring’s art and the philanthropic activity of the Haring Foundation since its inauguration and her appointment as its director in 1989. Her knowledge of Haring as a visionary artist, celebrity, and a force for political and social change is unequalled. Ms. Gruen will take questions from the floor in addition to participating in an interview with the curators of the exhibition.

Friday, November 4

Photographer Conversation: LANDSCAPED

Timothy Case, photographer, and the student curators of LANDSCAPED, an exhibition organized by Summer MuseumWorks Interns. **Please note alternative location: Center Gallery, McCullough Student Center.**

Friday, November 11

TBA

Friday, November 18

Behind the Scenes: Bloom and Doom

Professor Erin Sassin (History of Art and Architecture) and Museum Designer Ken Pohlman discuss collaborating to curate this exciting exhibition of art by Klimt, Schiele, and others. Middlebury College students will also share their deep involvement in the curatorial process—including selecting works, writing interpretive labels, making suggestions for the exhibition’s layout and color scheme, and creating a digital map exploring the relationship between the built environment and Vienna’s larger artistic and cultural scene. Free. Lunch will be available for purchase in Rehearsals Café after this event. **Limited space available, please arrive early.**

Friday, December 2

Video Screening of COMPULSIVE PRACTICE

To commemorate World AIDS Day and Visual AIDS 2016 Day With(out) Art (both Dec. 1), we will screen Visual AIDS’s COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. COMPULSIVE PRACTICE will demonstrate the place of technology, self-expression, critique, and community in the many decades and the many experiences of artists and activists living with AIDS.

Friday, December 9

Keith Haring “Subway Drawing” Activity

Following a brief gallery talk about how Keith Haring launched his artistic career making chalk drawings on expired advertisements in the New York City subway system, try your hand at making your own “subway drawing.” Materials provided. All ages welcome (children must be supervised). Post Pop: Prints of Keith Haring is on view through December 11 only!

2017


Friday, January 13

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—Untouched by Time: The Athenian Acropolis from Pericles to Parr. MCA Dance Theatre.

Pieter Broucke, associate curator of ancient art and curator of the exhibition Untouched by Time: The Athenian Acropolis from Pericles to Parr on view at the museum, presents a virtual gallery talk exploring the enduring fascination with the High-Classical monuments from the Enlightenment to the present. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Director of the Arts, and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders.

Friday, January 20

“Works in Progress” Dance Performance and Video Screening. MCA Dance Theatre.

An informal, interdisciplinary works-in-progress showing with Maree ReMalia and friends. Come see the projects that ReMalia and her collaborators from Hatch Arts Collective (South Korea) and Middlebury College are working on this month drawing from their backgrounds in dance, theater, visual art, writing, and film. Shown in partnership with the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

Friday, January 27

Meditation in the Museum

Clear your mind in our galleries as Professor John Huddleston leads a 30-minute meditation workshop. Geared for those new to meditation, this workshop will focus on sitting, breathing, and walking techniques. Limited to the first 15 participants. Please arrive on time, as we do not want to disturb participants once the workshop has started.

Friday, February 3

Gallery Talks by February Graduates

On the eve of their graduation, senior History of Art and Architecture majors Kelsey Follansbee, Alex Gimbel, Ennissa Martin, and Carolina McGarity share their research on pieces in the Museum’s collection. Works on view will include an American photograph, an Indian drawing, a Flemish Book of Hours, and a Dutch portrait.