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.

All Fridays at the Museum events will be held in the museum galleries unless otherwise noted.

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.

Friday, February 24

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—The Middlebury Hippolytus Sarcophagus: Remolding Greek Myth in the Roman World. MCA Room 125 and Lower Lobby.

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Wentao Zhai ’17, a senior major in Classics, will discuss the museum’s Roman child sarcophagus, the topic of his independent research project in Art History. He will address the depiction of the Greek myth of Phaedra and Hippolytus on this Roman funerary object as a means of exploring the relationship between Classical Antiquity’s two major cultures. 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. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

Friday, March 3

Glenn Andres: Middlebury as Mill Town
MCA, Room 125

Professor Emeritus of the History of Art and Architecture Glenn Andres gives an illustrated lecture on Middlebury’s past as a center of mill industry. He will touch on the significance of the local textile and marble industries, their role in shaping the town, and the people whose lives were intertwined with them. Offered in conjunction with Saturday’s performance Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait.

Friday, March 10

Solomon Northup’s Middlebury Connection

In conjunction with the Museum’s portraits of Henry Bliss Northup (Middlebury Class of 1829) and his wife Electa, Professors of History Bill Hart and Amy Morsman will discuss their respective research projects on the Northup family and their dramatic place in the story of race, slavery, and freedom in antebellum America. They will be joined by Melissa Surrette ’16 and Elizabeth Sawyer ’19, students who assisted them in their projects. Henry’s kinsman Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” provided the narrative basis for the eponymous Academy Award-winning film (on view in the MCA the same evening), holds a significant place in their investigations.

Friday, March 17

New Horizons in Chinese Gold in the Han Dynasty
MCA, Room 125

Professor Sarah Laursen examines the production of gold objects during the Han dynasty, when China increased its contact with other states and became integrated into trade networks like the Silk Road. This lecture will explore the foreign styles, techniques, and forms that first appear the Han dynasty, as well as gold’s functions as a marker of elite status and official rank, a tool for diplomacy, and an international currency and commodity.

Friday, March 24

Roman Faces at the Middlebury College Museum of Art

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Pieter Broucke will discuss several works on view in the museum’s antiquities gallery in conjunction with the American Faces exhibition on view in the Johnson Gallery of the Museum. This talk will focus on works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection of Roman art, which includes a newly acquired portrait from Fayum.

Friday, April 7

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—Enrique Chagoya: Art as Dissent
MCA, Room 125

Mexican American artist Enrique Chagoya is a self-proclaimed “cultural cannibal” who believes that art thrives in the midst of social political crisis. Deftly imbuing borrowed images with contemporary political critique, Chagoya reconsiders Los Caprichos in an homage to Francisco de Goya. His dark and biting satirical works juxtapose popular American iconography, from Disney princesses to political figures, with grotesque demons, reminding us that history and culture are constructed by those in power and are hardly as pretty as they seem. Join Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern Juliana Dunn ’19 to explore the museum’s holdings of Chagoya’s Clinton-era etchings, Return to Goya’s Los Caprichos. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. $5 lunch donation suggested; Free to College ID cardholders.

Friday, April 14

The Bodies of American Faces

What can we learn from looking at how bodies are depicted in the portraits of the American Faces exhibit? What meanings does the body carry, and how have artists grappled with its representation? Join Ellery Foutch, Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program, for a conversation about the bodies of American Faces, from a publicity image of conjoined twins and nineteenth-century celebrities Chang and Eng Bunker to caricatures of President Obama.

Friday, April 21

Photographic Portraiture in American Faces

As a celebrated photographer for National Geographic, local resident James Blair has traveled to every continent. His photographs are published in numerous books and are included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, the Portland Art Museum (Oregon), and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh). He will discuss photographic portraiture in the exhibition American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity.

Friday, April 28

Remembering the Material: Medardo Rosso’s Bimbo Malato

Phoebe Mitchell ’17 and Eddie Vazquez, Associate Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, will have a conversation in the Cerf Gallery rooted in Rosso’s use of wax as a sculptural material that will also address the communicative implications of his artistic strategies of repetition and hybrid materiality.

Friday, May 5

Theatricality and Taboo: A Look at Kara Walker’s Silhouettes

J Finley, Assistant Professor of American Studies, will discuss works from Kara Walker’s monumental print cycle Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), exploring how the artist uses theatricality, citation, and satire to remind viewers of the importance of looking back. What does the appropriation of the format of the 19th-century silhouette enable us to see, and what kinds of interventions is Walker making? Seating is limited; please arrive early.

Friday, May 12

Walking Tour of Public Art

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Emmie Donadio and Director of the Arts Pieter Broucke offer a one-hour walking tour of Middlebury College’s outstanding collection of public art. Find out more about the racing boat currently moored in the pond behind the Center for the Arts in this final installment of the Spring 2017 Fridays at the Museum series. Tour departs from the Museum’s lobby, rain or shine. Bring questions and comfortable walking shoes, as this tour will go off the beaten path!