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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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The Arts Fuse Reviews Fairfield Porter:Raw

August 5, 2011

Fairfield Porter’s elegant paintings were the subject of a 1983 retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston that at once permanently elevated his reputation and ensconced him into a period of modernist figuration that curators have been neglecting, in one form or another, for decades. Fairfield Porter: Raw at the Middlebury College Museum of Art afforded an unusual opportunity to see his work assembled in a serious way.

Poet John Ashbery Visits His Portrait

July 28, 2011

While in Middlebury to give a reading at the Breadloaf School of English, poet John Ashbery took a moment to explore the Museum’s current exhibition Fairfield Porter: Raw and to pose next to Porter’s untitled portrait of a man seated near a lamp, for which Ashbery was the sitter.

Museum Exhibit Offers Insight into the Creative Process of American Master Fairfield Porter

May 20, 2011

Fairfield Porter: Raw—The Creative Process of an American Master, an exhibition of approximately forty works drawn from the extensive Porter holdings at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, opened on May 19 at the Middlebury College Museum of Art and will remain on view through Aug. 14. Originally organized for the Parrish Art Museum by Klaus Ottmann, Fairfield Porter: Raw includes not only completed paintings and works on paper but also unfinished paintings and accompanying sketches, drawings, and ephemera. Many of the works are exhibited “raw”—unframed and unmatted—to convey an unprecedented insight into Porter’s creative process.

Middlebury Magazine Comments on Dave Zirin's Talk

April 11, 2011

Dave Zirin is a self-proclaimed sports fanatic. He hosts a popular radio show, has authored numerous books, is a sought-after columnist, and often appears on networks like ESPN, MSNBC, and CNN. And he will not hesitate to tell you who his pick is for the playoffs. In any sport. But wait, in 2009 UTNE Reader touted Zirin as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World.” Yes, Zirin himself admits he’s a bit of an anomaly. Read the whole post.

The Middlebury Campus Reviews Christopher Bedford's Opening Lecture for Mixed Signals

February 27, 2011

“Breaking the Huddle,” a lecture on the opening of a new gallery at the Middlebury College Art Museum, existed in my mind as something very stereotypical. I expected to see solely images of sculpted, poised men exploding with bravado and narcissism. But when Christopher Bedford dove into the intent of artists who generated these images, it all seemed much more deep and beautiful.

WCAX Segment Highlights Mixed Signals Exhibit

February 25, 2011

Jack Thurston, reporting for WCAX, interviews Director Richard Saunders for a piece that showcases our Mixed Signals exhibit. Includes narrative, images, and a 2-minute video segment.

Museum Exhibit Wrestles with the Concept of the Male Athlete

January 24, 2011

Including such well-known artists as Matthew Barney, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, and Sam Taylor-Wood to emerging talents such as Shaun El C. Leonardo and Joe Sola, Mixed Signals demonstrates that the male athlete is a far more ambiguous, multifaceted figure in our collective cultural imagination than ever before.