Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Story of Art: Gifts and Bequests from Charles Moffett ’67 and Lucinda Herrick

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

This exhibition, organized by Assistant Professor of History of Art Carrie Anderson and her students, tells a story of artistic production from its conception to its afterlife. The eclectic selection of drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculpture comes from the generous gifts of Impressionist scholar and alumnus Charles S. Moffett ’67 and Lucinda Herrick. Museum hours >> Free

Adolf Hiremy-Hirschl (Hungarian, 1860–1933), Study of a Figure Walking Away, c. 1895, chalk on paper, 20 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches. Gift of Charles S. Moffett ’67

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Preview Party

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall and Upper Lobby

PASS members are invited to an audiovisual preview of the 2017–2018 season, followed by a seasonal reception. Membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Box Office Opening Day for PASS Members

Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office and McCullough Box Office

Tickets for the 2017-2018 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>>

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rehearsals Cafe Reopens

Mahaney Center for the Arts

Rehearsals Cafe will reopen for beverage service and light fare, Monday-Friday.

The grab-and-go menu will include a variety of hot and cold beverages, lunch items, and snacks.

Come enjoy a delicious day at the Mahaney Center for the Arts!

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 8:00 AM to Monday, September 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Portraits of Power

Johnson Memorial Building

Paintings from Jim Butler’s Portraiture in Ceramics and Oil Paint (ART370) course convey visions of who and 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 photorealistic to expressionistic. A Studio Art event. Free

Artwork by Allyson Stevens '19

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Box Office Opening Day for Middlebury College ID card holders

Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office and McCullough Box Office

Tickets for the 2017-2018 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>>

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Vertical Dance Workshops with BANDALOOP

Virtue Field House

Get on the wall! BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. Try out vertical dance techniques while suspended from climbing ropes, with instruction from BANDALOOP company members. For Middlebury College students. Free. Signups will be made available soon at go.middlebury.edu/bandaloop.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Box Office Opening Day for the General Public

Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office and McCullough Box Office

Tickets for the 2017-2018 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>>

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Dance Technique Master Class with BANDALOOP

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The pioneering vertical dance company BANDALOOP weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. Take this master class—on the floor—and learn directly from the company members. For Middlebury College students. Free. Signups will be made available soon at go.middlebury.edu/bandaloop.

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Friends of the Art Museum Opening Reception

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby and Middlebury College Museum of Art

Join the Friends of the Art Museum, curators Carrie Anderson and Kirsten Hoving, and the students who participated in the creation of this fall’s exhibitions A Story of Art and Land and Lens for a celebratory launch of the museum’s 25th year. Free

Friday, September 15, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017

Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment

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

Photographs drawn primarily from the museum’s rich holdings make up this comprehensive survey of photography and the environment, presenting some 70 images through the lens of environmental appreciation, concern, or activism. Professor Kirsten Hoving and her students have produced an innovative and comprehensive digital catalogue of the exhibition. Museum hours >> Free

James Balog, Greenland Ice Sheet, 28 June 2009, Adam LeWinter Surveys Birthday Canyon, 2009, chromogenic color print on paper. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund. 2015.006

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The Burn

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Sabra Field Lecture Hall (Room 125)

Photographer Jane Fulton Alt will discuss her photographic project, The Burn, for which she photographed controlled burns conducted by ecologists on the Illinois prairie, as well as her latest project, Fire and Water. In conjunction with Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment, on view at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. A History of Art and Architecture event. Free

Jane Fulton Alt (b. 1951), The Burn No. 74, 2009, archival inkjet print. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund. 2016.83.

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Alumni Career Talk: Mark Stuver ’97.5

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Stuver has worked with BANDALOOP—a pioneer in vertical dance—for nearly two decades, touring worldwide. As a dancer, he has also performed his own work and with other companies in Dublin, Berlin, New York, and San Francisco. He currently works as a writer and puppeteer in LA. Stuver’s talk will focus on his professional journey, and how being open to other, possibly unexpected, disciplines, forms, and experiences has shaped his career path. Sponsored by the Center for Careers and Internships. Free and open to the public. See associated events at go.middlebury.edu/bandaloop.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 5:45 PM
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 1:00 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 3:00 PM

BANDALOOP

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Plaza

BANDALOOP returns to Middlebury to kick off the 25th anniversary season of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. Celebrate with us as we honor nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance. Approximate running time: 15 minutes. Free

*Friday for Campus Audiences; Saturday for Campus and Community

*Performances subject to change due to weather. Please check go.middlebury.edu/bandaloop for updated times and residency activities

NEFA logoFunded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Photo Bob Handelman

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Moonlight

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

Moonlight chronicles the life of a gay African American man from his troubled childhood to adulthood in a rough area of Miami. This Best Picture winner “glows like its title”––David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter (111 minutes). A Hirschfield International Film Series event. Free

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Susan Buck-Morss, “Revolution Today”

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Buck-Morss, distinguished professor of political science at CUNY Graduate Center and Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Professor Emerita of Government at Cornell University, discusses the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its legacy today. Sponsored by Middlebury College 2017 Clifford Symposium. Free

Photo Sebastián Freire

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Exhibition Opening Reception: The Soviet Century: 100 Years of the Russian Revolution

Join us for light refreshments and the chance to view this installation of highlights from the museum’s holdings of Russian art, including photographs, luxury items by the firm of Fabergé, and a recently acquired Soviet poster. Brief remarks at 6:30 PM. This event and exhibition are offered in conjunction with the 2017 Clifford Symposium, which marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution. Free

Image: Vera Adamovna Gitsevich, To the Cultured Soviet Trade, 1932, two-color lithograph. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art

 

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Music in Revolutionary Russia Matthew Bengtson and Rebecca Mitchell

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Critically acclaimed pianist Matthew Bengtson and Middlebury College professor Rebecca Mitchell team up for a lecture-recital of piano music of revolutionary Russia. On Bengtson’s playing, the American Record Guide writes, “Has Scriabin ever been played better? Only Horowitz and Richter can compare.” Sponsored by Middlebury College 2017 Clifford Symposium. Free

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Paradise

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

Olga, a Russian emigrant and member of the French Resistance; French collaborator Jules; and German SS officer Helmut cross paths in 1940s wartime. “Konchalovsky’s robust, absorbing Holocaust drama is built on unlikely junctures of grace and despair.”––Guy Lodge, Variety. Sponsored by the Holocaust Film Fund. (130 minutes). A Hirschfield International Film Series event. Free

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Made in Vermont Tour

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Internationally renowned violinist Pamela Frank joins her longtime friend and colleague, VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo, for a program as colorful as our famous fall foliage. Through a collaboration with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, the program features a world premiere of composer Paul Dedell’s Breath, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Gluck’s “Dance of the Furies” from Orfeo, and Britten’s Simple Symphony. Tickets: $25 adults; $10 students (children ages 6–17 and full-time college students with ID); free for children ages 5 and under. On sale to PASS Members 9/6, ID holders 9/11, general public 9/14. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes including 1 intermission.

Pamela Frank, photo Nicolas Lieber; Jaime Laredo, photo Christian Steiner

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 4:30 PM

“Nelson Mandela”: State Song Patronage and Censorship in Tanzania

Robert A. Jones '59 House, Conference Room

Frank Gunderson, associate professor of ethnomusicology at Florida State University, discusses how Radio Tanzania invested in song composition and censorship from 1973–1993. Two different songs entitled “Nelson Mandela,” now considered examples of zilipendwa (golden oldies), express a revolutionary sentiment that addresses workers and party leaders alike. A Music Department event. Free

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Sounding Out the “Afropolitan”

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Ethnomusicologist Frank Gunderson of Florida State University explores the connections between Tanzanian singer and band leader Muhidin Gurumo’s 1973 musiki wa dansi dance genre piece Nimwokoe Nani? (Whom Should I Rescue?) and Trinidadian Lord Kitchener’s 1950s calypso song “Wife and Mother.” A Music Department event. Free

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Dafra Kura Band

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Hailing from Burkina Faso, the Dafra Kura Band fuses the high energy of the griot ancestral tradition and the contemporary sounds of modern African cities sourced from Manding tradition, nomad desert blues, and Afrobeat. Hear the band shine solo before their performances with Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project later in the week. Olivier Tarpaga, artistic director.

NEFA logoBaker & Tarpaga Dance Project is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A Performing Arts Series event. The performance is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: $10 General public/$10 Midd ID holders/$6 Midd students (See related event September 29).  More about this event>>

Photo Bernice Lee

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 12:30 PM

An Introduction to Land and Lens

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Sabra Field Lecture Hall (Room 125)

Meet the curator, Kirsten Hoving, Charles A. Dana Professor of Art and Architecture,for an informal walk through the exhibition and its myriad depictions of our planetary landscapes. Part of the Fridays at the Museum series. Free

Mitch Dobrowner, Chromosphere, Green Grass, South Dakota, 2012, archival pigment print. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund. 2015.229

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The transnational performance group Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project (BTDP), based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Philadelphia, draws from Africanist and postmodernist aesthetics. BTDP presents Declassified Memory Fragment, a dance theatre work with live music, inspired by memory, history, and images of the political and cultural realities currently affecting the continent of Africa.

NEFA logoBaker & Tarpaga Dance Project is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A Performing Arts Series event. The performance is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets: $22 General public/$16 Midd ID holders/$6 Midd students (See related event September 26.) More about this event>>

Read the press release>>

Photo Mark Simpson

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Fatima

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

A Moroccan-born single mother living in France works as a maid to provide for her daughters: 18-year old Nesrine, who is just beginning medical school, and 15-year old Souad, who is struggling with her teenage years. “Warm and insightful”––Justin Chang, Variety. Sponsored by the Department of French. (100 minutes). A Hirschfield International Film Series event. Free

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The Dick Forman Jazz Group: What Is This Thing Called Jazz?

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

An evening of sparkling, sophisticated mainstream jazz will be enhanced by a chance to look behind the curtain and see how jazz is created.  Long a favorite of Vermont audiences, the Jazz Group features Forman on piano, with some of New England’s finest musicians:  Paul Asbell, guitar; Michael Zsoldos, sax; Jim Daggs, bass and Geza Carr, drums.  Forman is the Music Department’s Director of Jazz Activities, and teaches jazz piano and jazz voice. Free

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