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Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby; Town Hall Theater, Jackson Gallery

Through painted canvasses and “sound portraits,” artist Kate Gridley marks the passage of 17 emerging adults as they come to realize their selves and claim their voices. Passing Through is an installation that uses the images and voices of many characters to expand the notion of portraiture, beyond capturing moments of an individual life to noting psychological presentations of self in a particular time, culture, and place. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Director of the Arts, Town Hall Theater, Vermont Community Foundation, and the Growald Family Fund. Free

Kate Gridley (American, b. 1956), Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults, 2013, oil on linen, 60 x 30 inches. Photo Howard Romero



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September 2, Tuesday (through September 12)

Portraits of Power

Johnson Memorial Building

Paintings from Jim Butler’s course Portraiture in Ceramics and Oil Paint convey visions of what students think is powerful in their lives. The large-scale paintings and ceramic assemblages use dynamic design and powerful color to create images that range from photo-realistic to expressionist. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Rachel Getz ’15.5, Cathedral (detail), oil on panel

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September 2, Tuesday (through October 26)

Hyper! Works by Greg Haberny

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Upper Balcony

Artist Greg Haberny describes his own style as “completely loose and out of control.” He uses an array of materials, refusing to conform to a single medium. Melted crayons and Band-Aids add a vital texture to his work, while appropriated images of pop culture, like the iconic Mickey Mouse, create a tone of cultural and political critique. Free

Greg Haberny (American, b. 1975), MORE (feed the monster before it destroys everything in the room), 2013, mixed media on wood, 66 x 66 inches. Courtesy of the artist

 

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September 2, Tuesday (through December 7)

Visual Weimar, 1919–1933

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

This exhibit brings together select paintings, drawings, and etchings by some of Weimar Germany’s most prominent artists, including Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Käthe Kollwitz. The works confront the viewer with representations of this highly visual culture in Germany’s first democracy and the productive and sometimes problematic relationship between criticizing and participating in a culture that could not prevent its people from falling for Hitler’s Germany under the Swastika. Free

Max Beckmann (1884–1950), Die Enttäuschten I, 1922, lithograph, 19 1/4  x 14 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the Sabarsky Foundation

 

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September 3, Wednesday

Box Office Opening Day for PASS Members

10:00 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office and McCullough Box Office

Tickets for the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale today for members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS).  Learn more about PASS>>  Go to the online box office>>

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September 4, Thursday

MIDDSummer Play Lab: Clickshare

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

An accomplished group of Middlebury theatre alumni returns to their alma mater to work with current students and develop a new play: Clickshare, by Lucas Kavner ’06.5. The employees of the fictional company Clickshare post thousands of stories, slideshows, and videos a day. They live and die for clicks. But when a story hits too close to home, the company ethos is tested, driving one group of Clicksharers to the brink of destruction. Featuring Bill Army ’06, Cassidy Freeman ’04.5, Tara Giordano ’02, and Joe Varca ’02. Sponsored by the Center for Careers and Internships. Open to Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and other ID card holders. Free

 

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September 8, Monday
Rehearsals Cafe Reopens

8:30 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Rehearsals Cafe will reopen for beverage service and light fare, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-2:30 PM. The grab-and-go menu will include coffee, tea, espresso drinks, yogurt parfaits, salads, sandwiches, soups, and sushi. Come enjoy a delicious day at the Mahaney Center for the Arts!

 

 

 

 

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September 8, Monday

Box Office Opening Day for Middlebury College ID card holders

10:00 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office and McCullough Box Office

Tickets for the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale today for Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and other ID card holders, as well as members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS). Learn more about PASS>>  Go to the online box office>>

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September 9, Tuesday (through September 19)

Senior Architectural Design Thesis 2014 Exhibit: Tackling the Autoscape

Johnson Memorial Building, Lobby

View examples of students’ design responses to the question, “What can (should) architecture do to improve the ubiquitous fast-food restaurant and gas-station building types?” View a selection of outstanding 2013–14 senior-thesis work in architectural design, including drawings, renderings, and models. Sponsored by the Architectural Studies Program. Free

Thesis work by Ellie Krause ’14, Christian A. Johnson Architectural Studies Prize Winner 2014


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September 11, Thursday

Box Office Opening Day for the General Public

10:00 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office and McCullough Box Office

Tickets for the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale today to the general public. Tickets are also available to Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and other ID card holders, as well as members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS). Learn more about PASS>>  Go to the online box office>>

 

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September 12, Friday

Gallery Talk: Picturing Enlightenment

4:30 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

Cynthia Packert, Christian A. Johnson Professor of History of Art and Architecture, introduces the museum’s newest exhibition of Tibetan scroll paintings on loan from the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Picturing Enlightenment: Tibetan Tangkas from the Mead Art Museum. Free

 

 

 

 
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September 12, Friday (through December 7)

Picturing Enlightenment: Tibetan Tangkas from the Mead Art Museum

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery

This exhibition highlights 18 centuries-old scroll paintings of Buddhist figures from the collection of Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum. So fragile that they have remained largely inaccessible to scholars and museum visitors for nearly six decades, these tangkas, primarily from Tibet, have recently been gently cleaned, stabilized, and repaired. Vibrantly colored, intricately patterned, and ranging in height from two to nine feet, each work rewards close study. Free

Anonymous, Tibetan, Seventh Dalai Lama and His Chakrasamvara Initiation, late 18th century, colors on cloth, cloth mountings, wooden dowels, 25 3/4 x 17 inches. Collection of the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. Gift of Mrs. George L. Hamilton. AC 1952.26

 

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September 13, Saturday

Inside Llewyn Davis

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

The latest Coen brothers movie is an original and intoxicating ramble through one struggling musician’s fraught efforts to navigate the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Attempting to reconcile his life and his art, Llewyn attempts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles that are often self-created. “This soulful, unabashedly lyrical film is best enjoyed by sinking into it like a sweet, sad dream”—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, USA/UK/France, 2014, 104 minutes) Free

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September 13, Saturday

Mark LaVoie, voice and harmonica

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Affiliate artist Mark LaVoie has been playing harmonica and performing for over 42 years. His unique acoustic style is reminiscent of the late harmonica legend Sonny Terry, who was his mentor. With more than 35 harmonicas in his case, he plays with great range and brings his long history of authentic blues performance to this solo concert. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Lily Chau

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September 18, Thursday

NC Dances VT
Featuring work by Van Dyke Dance Group, Paul Besaw, and Christal Brown

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Professor emeritus and former chair of dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jan Van Dyke knows both Paul Besaw and Christal Brown as former students. Now leading their respective dance programs at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College, Besaw and Brown contribute the unique artistic approaches they have developed since their Greensboro days to this rich gathering of dance. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Van Dyke Dance Group, Untitled Elegy, photo Steve Clarke

September 18–20, Thursday–Saturday

Clifford Symposium: Transforming the Academy in the Digital Era

This three-day symposium focuses on how transformations in digital technology and the corresponding cultural, political, economic, and social shifts are changing the worlds of higher education, scholarly research, and creative arts. Friday’s events are hosted at Mahaney Center for the Arts, including a panel on the Arts in the Digital Age, at 2:15 PM. See the full schedule at go.middlebury.edu/clifford.

 

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September 19, Friday

Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid)

9:00 PM, Wilson Hall, McCullough Social Space

Well known in popular culture as DJ Spooky, Miller is a groundbreaking and award-winning composer, multimedia artist, and writer, and the featured performer of the 2014 Clifford Symposium. He presents Of Water and Ice, a suite for string quartet, iPad, and video that explores the composition of ice and water, and our relationship to the vanishing environment of the arctic poles. All of the electronic sounds are generated by interpretations of either algorithms that mirror the geometry in ice crystals or the math of climate change data. Tickets: $15/10/6; on sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Tamar Levine

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September 20, Saturday

Computer Chess

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Set in 1980 and shot in late-1970s analog, this film features teams competing at an annual gathering of chess software programmers to see which of their programs can perform the best against a human chess player. Director Andrew Bujalski transports viewers to a nostalgic moment of contention between technology and the human spirit. “A supremely intelligent, beautifully constructed film, interweaving comedy and character, satire and subtext”—Tom Huddleston, Time Out. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Andrew Bujalski, USA, 2013, 92 minutes) Free

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September 25, Thursday

Verbum est Res: Rendering Divinity in the Book of Kells

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

The Book of Kells is famous for the vibrancy of its decoration and the intricacy of its designs. Professor Ben Tilghman of Lawrence University explores how the calligraphy and ornament in the manuscript and related works represent an effort by its makers to solve the problem of depicting an invisible and unknowable god. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Anonymous, Chi-Rho Page, The Book of Kells, ca. 800, 13 x 9.8 inches. Trinity College, Dublin, MS 58, Fol. 34r

 

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September 26, Friday

Jeffrey Arnett: Emerging Adulthood

12:30 PM, Dana Auditorium

Psychologist Jeffrey Arnett of Clark University, who coined the term “emerging adulthood” to describe the life phase between adolescence and adulthood, speaks about what marks this period between ages 18 and 25. Following the talk, artist Kate Gridley leads a tour and discussion of her installation Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults in the lower lobby of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College Museum of Art, and Parton Center for Health and Wellness. Free

 


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September 26, Friday

Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults

5:00 PM, Town Hall Theater, Jackson Gallery

In this collaborative, interdisciplinary talk, Middlebury College playwrights under the direction of Dana Yeaton ’79 present monologues written in response to Kate Gridley’s portraits of emerging adults, and Gridley discusses the interplay of sound and vision in her exhibit honoring the presentation of self during the passage into adulthood. Free

Kate Gridley (American, b. 1956), Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults, 2013, oil on linen, 60 x 30 inches. Photo Charles Barstow

 

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September 26, Friday

Dinner and Conversation with Friends

6:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

The pre-performance dinner is back by popular demand! Before settling into the Concert Hall for an evening of chamber music by the Takács Quartet, join fellow concertgoers for a meal and a creative conversation about the arts in our community. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner. Tickets: $25. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>


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September 26, Friday

Takács Quartet

Edward Dusinberre, violin
Károly Schranz, violin
Geraldine Walther, viola
András Fejér, cello

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Recognized as one of the world’s great chamber music ensembles and a Middlebury favorite, the Grammy Award-winning Takács Quartet plays with an irresistible blend of virtuosic technique and engaging personality. The Guardian of London proclaims, “The Takács Quartet are matchless, their supreme artistry manifest at every level.” For this opening event of the Performing Arts Series’ 95th-anniversary season, the quartet performs quartets by Haydn and Debussy, as well as Beethoven’s op. 130 with the Allegro finale. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Performing Arts Series Society. Reserved seating. Tickets: $25/20/6; PASS Members: $20/15/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Keith Saunders

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September 26, Friday (through October 3)

Big Drawings

Johnson Memorial Building

This rambunctious show of large-scale drawings from the Studio Art Program’s fall drawing courses features handcrafted images that display inventive solutions to narrative and symbolic image making. Using a variety of materials, from charcoal to spray paint, the images reveal Middlebury students’ imaginative inner lives. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Daniella Silva ’17 working on her drawing Studio Interior

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September 27, Saturday

In the House

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A 16-year-old boy becomes involved with the family of a fellow student and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted but unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion leads him into a treacherous no-man’s land between the literary and the literal. “The view it affords is at once so silvery-clear and so misted with longing and confusion that, unexpectedly, it draws us close to heartache”—Anthony Lane, The New Yorker. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (François Ozon, France, 2012, 105 minutes) Free

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September 27, Saturday

Eric Despard, classical guitar

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Affiliate artist Eric Despard shares contemporary classical guitar music inspired by non-Western musical traditions, including Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi’s Turkish delight Koyunbaba; Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s Berceuse; Norwegian composer Bjorn Skjelbred’s Moves; American composer Benjamin Verdery’s Be Kind All the Time for prepared electric classical guitar with chopsticks, loop, and volume pedals; and Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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September 28, Sunday

Ugandan Suite: The Felipe Salles Group

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Featuring seasoned international players—the legendary American saxophonist David Liebman, Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato, and Middlebury’s own Ugandan ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist Damascus Kafumbe—the Felipe Salles Group presents their latest work, Ugandan Suite. This five-movement jazz composition integrates Ugandan musical idioms with Western musical forms, reuniting African and diasporic African musics with a unique touch. Preconcert lecture at 7:00 PM. Sponsored by the Department of Music, Mahaney Center for the Arts, and Committee on the Arts. Tickets: $12/10/6. On sale to PASS members September 3; to Middlebury College ID card holders September 8; and to the general public on September 11. Go to the online box office>>

 

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