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The Museum regularly issues press releases about current and upcoming exhibitions and programs as well as recent acquisitions, gifts, staff appointments, and other news. Below you’ll find a list of current and past news articles, while the links to the left will provide the latest information about the Museum’s programs as well as details on past news and events.

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A Middlebury Connection to Twelve Years a Slave

February 25, 2014

The Middlebury College Museum of Art recently unveiled a new gift: the life portraits of Henry Bliss Northup (1805–1877) and his wife Electa Taylor Northup (1803–1882). The portraits arrived just in time to reveal their connection to one of this year’s Oscar-nominated films, Twelve Years a Slave.

Founder of Performa NYC to lecture at Middlebury

February 20, 2014

RoseLee Goldberg, author, scholar, curator, and founder of the Performance biennial in New York, will speak at Middlebury College on Thursday, February 27 at 4:30 pm in the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Her lecture will provide rich context and in depth analysis for Performance Now, an exhibition which she organized and is on view through Sunday, April 20 at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

Performance Art Takes Over the Museum

December 19, 2013

On Friday, February 7, the Middlebury College Museum of Art will open the exhibition Performance Now, a selection of works by artists who practice a variety of art making procedures featuring videos, objects, films, and installations that document ephemeral occurrences. RoseLee Goldberg, art historian and curator of the exhibit, showed in her groundbreaking book Performance Art: From Futurism To the Present (1979) that performance is central to the history of 20th century art. In 2005 she launched Performa 05, the first biennial of visual art performance, and predicted that performance would become “the medium of the 21st century.” Performance Now deftly demonstrates that this medium’s time has come.

Vermont’s Architectural Heritage Comes to Life

December 19, 2013

On Tuesday, January 7 the Middlebury College Museum of Art will open an exhibition dedicated to the state’s buildings. Observing Vermont Architecture Exhibit features some one hundred photographs by Curtis B. Johnson selected to accompany the newly published Buildings of Vermont co-authored by Johnson and Glenn M. Andres. Curated by the authors, the exhibition celebrates an architectural heritage that has made Vermont the only state in the Union to be designated in its entirety as a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Media Respond to Vito Acconci

November 21, 2013

Vito Acconci’s Way Station I (Study Chamber) was a lightning rod for strong opinions while it was extant on the College’s campus, and the exhibition has garnered similar attention. Here’s a summary of what local and regional media outlets are saying about the reinstalled piece and the accompanying exhibit.

Vito Acconci’s Way Station Reconstructed, Unlocked

October 4, 2013

On Friday, October 18, the Middlebury College Museum of Art will inaugurate its newest addition to the campus’s distinguished collection of public art—a reinstallation of Vito Acconci’s provocative and seminal sculpture Way Station I (Study Chamber). The sculpture is located adjacent to the pond at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Porter Field Road. The inauguration—which will include remarks about the history of the piece and its significance within the arc of the artist’s career, followed by the formal unlocking of the structure—is free and open to the public and will occur at 2:00 p.m.

Recent Contemporary Photography, Video Acquisitions on View

September 6, 2013

On Thursday, September 12, the Middlebury College Museum of Art will open the exhibition Screened and Selected II: Contemporary Photography and Video Acquisitions 2006–2011. The 26 works included in the exhibition were all chosen for the Museum collection by Middlebury College students who participated in a winter-term course in Contemporary Photography.

Museum Exhibition Marks Reconstruction of 1983 Campus Sculpture

August 20, 2013

This exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of Acconci’s winter-term residency on campus and the 1983 construction of Way Station I (Study Chamber), the artist’s first permanent commission. An internationally celebrated performance and video artist before he came to Middlebury, Acconci went on to found Acconci Studio and has subsequently maintained an active and distinguished career as a designer of public places in this country and abroad.

Media Respond to Edward Hopper in Vermont

July 17, 2013

Edward Hopper in Vermont has been a wildly popular exhibit, and as a result it has received a fair amount of attention from local and regional media outlets. Here is a sampling of what they have to say.

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds

July 15, 2013

In 1634 Rembrandt was busy filling commissions as Amsterdam’s most sought-after portraitist. He was also painting religious works that pushed the dramatic stylistic devices of Baroque artists like Caravaggio and Rubens to their theatrical limits. In this print, as in those paintings, the artist presents small figures in a vast, dark setting; he uses gesture to convey drama and spotlighting to focus the viewer’s attention upon it. Consistent with Rembrandt’s contemporary painting, as well, is a high degree of finish, which drew the praise of his contemporaries for its attention to detail, variety of poses, and accuracy of emotion.