Middlebury College Museum of Art

Teaching & Learning

School Programs

Teachers are invited to bring their classes to the Middlebury College Museum for self-guided visits in the 2016–2017 school year. All visits are free, but must be scheduled in advance in order to guarantee gallery space and to allow us time to share the Museum rules before your visit. For more information and to request a visit, please contact Coordinator of Events Mikki Lane: mlane@middlebury.edu or (802) 443-2309. All teachers are strongly encouraged to preview exhibitions in advance of bringing their students.

Note: A limited number of guided tours may be available. To inquire, please contact Curator of Education Jason Vrooman: jvrooman@middlebury.edu (preferred) or 802.443.2248.

Self Guided Tours 2016–2017

Permanent Collection

Explore our excellent collection of antiquities, European and American paintings and sculpture, and Asian art and artifacts.

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Assyrian relief
Anonymous (Assyrian), Winged Genie Pollinating the Date Palm, 883–859 B.C.E, Reign of Ashurnasirpal, alabaster, 94 x 90 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Gift of Dr. Wilson A. Farnsworth, Class of 1848. The restoration of this relief was made possible in part by funds raised in 1989 by the Friends of Art at Middlebury College in celebration of their twentieth anniversary. Additional funds were provided by the Getty Grant Program and American Greetings. 0.114

Bloom and Doom: Visual Expressions and Reform in Vienna 1900

Drawn from the holdings of the Sabarsky Foundation in New York City, this exhibition features lesser known works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, along with prints, drawings, and posters created by other members of the Viennese Secession and those on the fringes of the Viennese avant-garde. Bloom and Doom illuminates how these individuals challenged the artistic and social establishment by rejecting the traditional academic system and turning to new means of expression, often attempting to reunify art and life in a “total work of art,” before giving into cultural pessimism and withdrawing from public life. For more information, please read the full press release for the exhibit.

September 6–December 11, 2016
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Koloman Moser, Frommes Calendar Poster
Koloman Moser, Frommes Calendar Poster, 1899, colored lithograph. Courtesy of the Sabarsky Foundation.

Post Pop: Prints of Keith Haring

Art star of the 1980s, Keith Haring was an indefatigable presence on the world stage until his premature death from AIDS in 1990. His Pop Shops sold his designs on clothing, toys, posters, skateboards, and other merchandise. Haring also created more than 50 public murals in cities around the world, for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers, and orphanages. This exhibition presents selected limited editions on loan from the Keith Haring Foundation, which provides funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and charities supporting underserved youth. For more information, please read the full press release for the exhibit.

September 16–December 11, 2016
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3–12 (Please note that this exhibtion contains several provocative images.)

Keith Haring, Andy Mouse
Keith Haring, Andy Mouse, 1986, silkscreen, 38 x 38 inches. © Keith Haring Foundation [KHP-151A]

Untouched by Time: The Athenian Acropolis from Pericles to Parr

Constructed in the 5th century BCE, the Periclean building program on the Athenian Acropolis is the most celebrated architectural expression of the High-Classical age. This exhibition brings together early archaeological publications, antiquarian paintings, drawings, and prints, as well as photographs, books, and more recent images that are all drawn from collections at Middlebury. Together they bear testimony to the fascination with the Acropolis that has prevailed from the Enlightenment to the present.

January 10–April 23, 2017
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Martin Parr, GREECE, Athens, Acropolis
Martin Parr (British, born 1951), GREECE, Athens, Acropolis from the series Small World, 1991, archival pigment print, 20 x 24 inches. Edition of 25. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Gift (by exchange) of Wilson Farnsworth, George Mead, and Henry Sheldon, 2015.227.

American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity

Since the arrival of the first itinerant portrait painters in the colonies, Americans have created portraits to commemorate loved ones, glorify the famous, establish national myths, and honor shared heroes. Whether on canvas, in stone, in bronze, on film, or in binary code, we spend considerable time creating, contemplating, and collecting our likenesses. This exhibit, which brings together ninety portraits from more than twenty collections, explores and explains Americans’ 300-year fascination with images of themselves.

February 17–April 30, 2017
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American Flag of Faces Exhibit, Ellis Island, New York
American Flag of Faces Exhibit, Ellis Island, New York, c. 1990–2011. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.