Middlebury College Museum of Art

Nights at the Museum

This year, in addition to our usual hours, the museum will be open most Thursday evenings from 6 to 9pm during the academic year. Nights at the Museum will often feature various types of informal events, from student gallery talks to musical performances to contemplative coloring and artist-led sketching and beyond, and free refreshments will be available (while they last!). Given the less formal nature of Nights at the Museum the schedule will be constantly evolving. This page will list the Thursdays that we’ll be open late, and as we line up events or entertainment for specific Thursdays we’ll update the information here. Event suggestions are always welcome and can be emailed to museum@middlebury.edu or tweeted / grammed / messaged to @middartmuseum. And feel free to follow us via those same channels. We’ll post updates there as well.

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

2018


Thursday, September 20

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, September 27

Donuts and Drawing

Come join us for our second Night at the Museum! Enjoy an apple cider donut and some warm cider, peruse the gallery, or simply stop by for a study break to relax and draw using templates from our very own collection.

Thursday, October 4

Snacks and Study Break

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, October 18

The Journey of Hajj

In connection with the museum’s current exhibit Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam through Time and Space, and as part of our new series of Thursday evening hours, Associate Chaplain and Muslim Advisor Saifa Hussain will discuss her experiences with the Hajj, a pilgrimage made to Kaaba, the ‘House of God,’ in the sacred city of Mecca. Light refreshments will be available.

Thursday, October 25

Night at the Museum (Spooky Edition)

Midd-term season got you spooked? Those fall breezes sending shivers down your spine? Get hyped for Halloween and visit the Middlebury College Museum of Art, this Thursday, October 25th for a freaky fun time! From 6 to 9, we’ll be serving up some treats (did somebody say pumpkin pie?!), chillin’ with our in-house sarcophagus (yeah, we’ve got one of those) and jamming out to some freaky tunes (cue ~Thriller~). Never been to the Museum? Now’s a great time to stop by.

Thursday, November 1

Coffee, Chocolate, and Chill

Totally stressed? Looking to take a much needed break? Come by the Museum where we’ll have plenty of coffee and chocolate to fuel a work session or a much needed break. Be sure to check out our exceptional permanent collection or visit our inspiring special exhibition, Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam through Time and Place.

Thursday, November 8

Acapella: Night at the Museum x Middlebury Mamajamas

Join us for a special collaboration with Middlebury’s very own acapella group, the Mamajamas. Enjoy a warm cup of spiced apple cider, peruse our galleries, and listen to some fresh, new acapella.

Thursday, November 15

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, November 29

Traversing the Sacred
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Night at the Museum presents an evening of introspection and learning to commemorate the ending of Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam through Time and Place. Associate Chaplain and Muslim Advisor Saifa Hussain will give a Hajj presentation at 7:15. From roughly 8-8:45, she will lead a walkthrough of the exhibition. Youssef El Berrichi from the Arabic Department will join her, offering beautiful Qur’an recitations.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided in the MCA Lobby, and admittance is free for all - so don’t miss an amazing chance to gain a more in-depth perspective of Islamic culture and tradition and stop by the exhibit before it closes!

Thursday, December 6

Visual AIDS 2018 Day With(out) Art Video Screening and Discussion
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS is the 29th iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Highlighting the impact of art in contemporary AIDS activism and advocacy, the program features new short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Student Friends of the Art Museum. Screening begins at 7:00 p.m, followed by discussion and viewing of Keith Haring’s Silence = Death in the museum. Light refreshments will be served. Free.

Image: Keith Haring, Silence = Death, 1989, silkscreen, 39 x 39 inches. © Keith Haring Foundation [KHP-0063]

Keith Haring, Silence Equals Death

 

2019


Thursday, January 10

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, January 17

Sushi Purchase Party Presentation

Join us for a swanky evening celebration at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Featuring student presentations of special collections pieces, entertainment by the Middlebury Mamajamas, sushi, and more!

Thursday, January 24

Show me the Money: A Digital Interface for Ancient Coins

Roo Weed ’18.5 is a senior Physics major. As Robert F. Reiff Intern at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, she has designed and created a digital interface for displaying the museum’s collection of Greek and Roman coins in the Antiquities Gallery. Her talk will offer an overview of the digital interface and a preview of the gallery installation. Sponsored by Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free. Enjoy light refreshments afterward.

Thursday, January 31

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, February 14

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, February 21

Feb Welcome

Welcome Class of 2022.5! On behalf of the arts scene at Middlebury, we’re thrilled to invite you to a special welcome evening at the Museum, from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Join us for a hot chocolate bar, live music, and special gallery tours led by fellow Midd students. Don’t forget to sign up for the Museum’s emails to keep up to date with special events and opportunities (+ grab some free museum swag!).

Thursday, February 28

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, March 7

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, March 14

50/Fifty

Happy Birthday! In celebration of the Middlebury College Museum of Art turning 50 years old, join us for a celebratory evening with great food and great art. To commemorate this great milestone, on display are fifty featured works—one from each year back to 1968—which chronicle the growth and evolution of the collection. With works by Fabergé, Edward Hopper and numerous other great artists, this is an exhibit you don’t to miss.

Thursday, March 21

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, April 4

Reiff Intern Lecture: Architectural Drawings and Related Materials at the College Museum

Join us as Reiff Curatorial Intern Jill Stauffer ’19 presents her research on architectural materials in the holdings of the college Museum in preparation for a forthcoming exhibition on that topic. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm in MAC Room 125. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, April 11

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, April 18

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, April 25

Intern Lecture: Sacred Ropes

Shimenawa, or “enclosing ropes,” are used to construct sacred space in the worship of kami (Shintō gods). Shan Zeng ’19 will discuss the history of shimenawa in a short talk based on her thesis work. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm in MAC Room 125 and will be followed by light refreshments and a visit to the Reiff Gallery of Asian Art to view the newly installed shimenawa there.

Thursday, May 2

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.

Thursday, May 9

Thursday Evening Hours

Enjoy light refreshments and spend some time in the galleries with your favorite works of art. Sketching and coloring materials will be available for those who wish to get creative.