Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to Thursday, October 31, 2019

Queer Literature and History Exhibits

Davis Family Library, Atrium and Harman Reading Area

“Before and After Stonewall: Queer Stories Throughout American History” marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots by highlighting queer authors and literary themes.  “Middlebury College Coming Out: A Foundation for Queer Activism” is an exhibit of College Archives materials celebrating Middlebury College's LGBTQ activists. Library hours>> Free

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019

MuseumLab

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

For this experiment in interdisciplinary learning, professors from across Middlebury’s curriculum have selected a diverse array of pieces from the museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to observe the reactions sparked when our “teaching laboratory” displays art supporting courses in religion, neuroscience, gender studies, political science, environmental studies, art history, biochemistry, and more. Museum hours>>

Richard Anuszkiewicz (American, b. 1930), Spectral Cadmium, 1968, serigraph on paper, 26 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund and a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1976.150.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019

Votes . . . for Women?

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

While relatively few voices publicly questioned the prohibition against women voting in the decades following the country’s founding, most Americans did not wholeheartedly consider this question until the last century. This exhibit of vintage photographs, banners, and memorabilia coincides with the 100th anniversary of the campaign to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. Museum hours>>

The suffragette “hikers” led by General Rosalie Jones at the Capitol, about to march up Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., February 27, 1913. Photograph by Underwood & Underwood. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Memorial Art Acquisition Fund and the Reva B. Seybolt ’72 Art Acquisition Fund, 2018.

 

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 10:00 PM
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Jump! The 24th Annual First-Year Show

Hepburn Zoo

Come celebrate the theatrical talent of Middlebury students in this fully student-written, designed, and performed event! An evening of scenes exploring the risks and rewards of taking your first or last step. Directed by Julia Proctor ’06.5. Tickets: $6

Photo Eugenia Maximova, Unsplash

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Friday, October 4, 2019 - 12:30 PM

The Woman’s Hour: Sex, Race, and Money in the Fight for the Vote

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Award-winning journalist Elaine Weiss shares her research on the last step in the battle for granting the vote to women and touches on the concurrent museum exhibit exploring the controversy over women’s role in American society. Free

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Friday, October 4, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Carillon Recital for World Peace George Matthew Jr.

Mead Memorial Chapel

George Matthew Jr., carillonneur for Middlebury College and Norwich University, plays  “St. Francis’ Trial” by Belgian composer Jo Coenen. The work tells the story of the wonderful encounter between Saint Francis of Assisi and the Sultan Malek al Kamil in 1219, in stark contrast to the violence of the Fifth Crusade. This piece will be played on carillons throughout Belgium and Netherlands on this day to reflect the Ecumenical movement in Europe. An interfaith event following Jumma prayers at 1:00 PM. Free

Photo Brett Simison

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Movement Matters Master Class with Jonathan Hsu

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Jonathan Hsu currently dances with Orange Grove Dance and PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, and has also performed with Rennie Harris Puremovement, Project ChArma, and Culture Shock DC both nationally and internationally. Jonathan will use vocabulary and music from hip hop and house dance to explore different ways to groove, shift weight, and flow while being connected to the floor. Open to all experience levels; long pants and covered shoulders recommended. Free

Photo Hope Spears Photography

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Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Tazzeka

Dana Auditorium

Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. (95 minutes)  A Hirschfield International Film Series event, sponsored by the Department of French. Free

Pictured: Elias played by Madi Belem in Tazzeka

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Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Heath Quartet

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Known for “passionate performances that combine technical accomplishment with interpretative flair” (Strad), the acclaimed Heath Quartet—the series’ first-ever quartet in residence—returns to help us celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth year. They present Beethoven’s entire string quartet cycle over six concerts (two each term), bookending weeklong residencies with our campus and community. The October 5 concert launches the cycle with Quartet No. 1 in F Major, op. 18.1; the “Serioso” quartet, op. 95; and Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, op. 130. The October 11 concert features Quartet No. 2 in G Major, op. 18.2; the second “Razumovsky” quartet, op. 59.2; and Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132. A Nelson Fund event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $22 Public/16 Midd ID holders/10 Youth/6 Midd students. Read more>> Read the press release>>

See more: October 11, January 11 and 17, May 2 and 8.

Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin at 6:15 PM in MAC 221

Photo Kaupo Kikkas

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 12:00 PM

NEW! 100th Anniversary Matinee Concert! Heath Quartet

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

On this day in 1919, lutenist and balladeer Thomas Wilfred presented a dramatic recital of ancient songs as the series’ first-ever performance.  The Heath Quartet helps us celebrate this anniversary with a bonus lunchtime recital, featuring a sneak preview of selections the quartet will perform in its debut at the Elbphilharmonie, in Hamburg, Germany the following week. This is a great chance to hear the quartet reach beyond Beethoven into contemporary music. Free, no tickets required

Photo Aaron Kimball

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Lecture Performance with The Illustrious Blacks

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

With inspiration from artists like Prince, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Boy George, and George Clinton, The Illustrious Blacks have a mission to fuse futuristic funk, hypnotic house, and cosmic pop into pulsating positivity for the planet. The real life married couple are not only co­-pilots on their artistic voyage, but are united in their fantastical journey through life. Their epic live shows and DJ sets use music, dance, theater, and fashion as the ingredients to expand minds, shake bootys, and save the world one beat at a time. Free

Photo Gregory Kramer

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Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Curation as Collaboration

Mahaney Arts Center, Room 125

Andrea Rosen, curator of the Fleming Museum of Art at UVM, argues that the best curators are also the best teammates. Drawing on recent Fleming shows on Alison Bechdel, Victorian fashion, Caribbean sacred art, and more, Rosen demonstrates that collaboration—with staff, artists, and students—yields more engaging exhibitions. Free

Andrea Rosen, photo Chris Dissinger

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Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Heath Quartet

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Known for “passionate performances that combine technical accomplishment with interpretative flair” (Strad), the acclaimed Heath Quartet—the series’ first-ever quartet in residence—returns to help us celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth year. They present Beethoven’s entire string quartet cycle over six concerts (two each term), bookending weeklong residencies with our campus and community. The October 5 concert launches the cycle with Quartet No. 1 in F Major, op. 18.1; the “Serioso” quartet, op. 95; and Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, op. 130. The October 11 concert features Quartet No. 2 in G Major, op. 18.2; the second “Razumovsky” quartet, op. 59.2; and Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132. A Nelson Fund event. Reserved seating. Run time approximately one hour, fifty minutes including intermission. Tickets: $22 Public/16 Midd ID holders/10 Youth/6 Midd students. Read more>> Read the press release>>

See more: October 5, January 11 and 17, May 2 and 8.

Cash bar and light refreshments available at intermission and after the concert

Photo Kaupo Kikkas

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Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Movement Matters Master Class with Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

Mahaney Arts Center, Room 109

The transnational performance group Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project (BTDP)—based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Philadelphia, PA—draws from Africanist and postmodernist aesthetics. Movement Matters is a series of one-time classes and workshops on a variety of topics. Open to the general public as well as the College community. All experience levels welcome. Free

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Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Parasite

Dana Auditorium

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. (132 minutes)  A Hirschfield International Film Series event in partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival. Free

Pictured: The Kim family in Parasite

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Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project: When Birds Refused to Fly

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Choreographed by Olivier Tarpaga and set to the music of Orchestre Super Volta, When Birds Refused to Fly is a dance theatre piece that explores multiple facets of generational transformation, culturally and geographically. The performance examines what it is to build up and break down in the name of change. Run time 70 minutes no intermission, 15 minute talkback after the show. Tickets: $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students

Photo Géry Barbot

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Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Alison J Carr: The Showgirl Manifesto

Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Alison J Carr’s art practice and academic research takes entertainment seriously. Through this talk—which is mostly an artist’s lecture, partly performance—Carr demonstrates how she works across photography, performance, video, collage, and painting to ask if entertainment can be tooled to rupture our cultural conditioning towards neoliberal individuality. Free

Pictured: Alison J Carr, Manifesto, 2018, giclée print

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Opening: The Gaps in the Canon

McCullough, Center Gallery

Please join us for a reception celebrating the opening of Alison J Carr’s exhibition The Gaps in the Canon: A Zoë Mozert Appreciation Society Research Project. Free

Pictured: Alison J Carr, A History of Art, 2019, collage

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 4:30 PM

From Batavia to the Gold Coast: Mapping Textile Circulation in the Dutch Global Market

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

This talk, presented by Marsely Kehoe (Hope College) and Carrie Anderson (Middlebury College), introduces an ongoing digital art history project which makes connections between economic, social, and visual data through an open-access database, interactive map, and visual textile glossary. Free

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Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:15 PM

I Was Never Alone

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

What does it mean to create a play based on the life experiences of people with disabilities in contemporary Russia? Cassandra Hartblay (University of Toronto) reflects on the process of co-producing the play in locations worldwide and what happens when performance ethnography is put in conversation with disability theatre ethics and aesthetics. Free

Photo Jim Carmody

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Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Precolonial African Sexuality, Contemporary Homophobia and #LimitlessAfricans

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Fulbright-winning artist Mikael Chukwuma Owunna discusses how Limit(less), his series of photographic portraits of LGBTQ+ Africans in diaspora, uses celebratory imagery to challenge a colonial legacy of homophobia. Meet the artist at a reception following this illustrated lecture. Free

Mikael Chukwuma Owunna (American, b. 1990), 4 Queer African Women in the Snow, 2017, Kodak Pro Endura Print (glossy), 24 x 36 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Foster Family Art Acquisition Fund, 2019. Photo © Mikael Owunna

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Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Provenance Matters in Ancient Art

Mahaney Arts Center, Room 125

Associate Curator of Ancient Art Pieter Broucke explains why provenance matters when building a teaching collection of antiquities. While these issues often complicate the acquisition of works of art, they can also be enriching, as demonstrated by examples from Middlebury’s own holdings. Free

The Naples Painter (Greek, 5th century BCE), Attic Red-Figure Column Krater, c. 450–420 BCE, terracotta, 15 5/8 x 13 5/8 x 11 7/8 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Art Acquisition Fund, 1998.033.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Movement Matters Master Class

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Instructors: Samar Haddad King and Zoe Rabinowitz. Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre master classes are designed to meet and challenge students wherever they are in their technical training and physical practice; classes offer an environment of technical exploration and artistic play. Focusing on intention as the catalyst for movement, participants are given the freedom to investigate athletic movement phrases using choreographic and improvisational tools. Through phrasework and improvisation, dancers are invited to inhabit their own bodies more fully and find new solutions for how to effectively communicate through performance. Open to the general public as well as the College community. All experience levels welcome. Free

Photo Samar King

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Vermont Arts Awards 2019

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

The Vermont Arts Council, in association with the Governor’s office, celebrates the contributions of five extraordinary Vermonters this year: singer/actor/author Francois Clemmons of Middlebury, author Castle Freeman of Newfane, arts educator Joan Robison of Burlington, music champion James Lockridge of Burlington, and director/writer/arts administrator Douglas Anderson of Middlebury.  Come early for a welcome reception at 5:30; the Middlebury College Museum of Art stay open though the reception for visitors as well. Admission is free, but the Vermont Arts Council does ask that you RSVP here.  Read more>> Read our press release>>

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Redefining and Reclaiming Space in Conflict Zones

Robert A Jones '59 Conference Room

A lecture demonstration by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Artistic Director Samar Haddad King and Associate Artistic Director Zoe Rabinowitz. They share methods the company has developed to create art across physical and political barriers, and the impact of working with disenfranchised communities on creative projects. Based on their work between the US and on both sides of the Green Line in Palestine for close to a decade, the presentation features video footage from the creative process, source materials, and performance excerpts, as well as an opportunity for discussion with the audience. Free

Photo Samar King

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Dana Tang, Gluckman Tang Architects: Recent Work

Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Architectural Record refers to Gluckman Tang Architects as among the top ranks of museum and gallery designers today. Cameron Visiting Architect Dana Tang, AIA, presents recent work for museums, galleries, universities, and other clients, including the Brant Art Foundation Building, Drexel University’s Korman Center, and the De Maria Pavilion. Free

Korman Center, Drexel University, photo Graham Hebel

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Friday, October 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Artemisia: Light and Shadow

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

*please note: new date! Previously scheduled for October 12.

Harpsichordist Gwen Toth ’77 and singer-actor Sarah Chalfy present the story of 17th-century painter and feminist heroine Artemisia Gentileschi in a production of music, theatre, and image, including songs by Baroque composer Barbara Strozzi. Genstileschi survived rape, humiliation, and a sensational trial to achieve international renown as an artist. Free

Photo William Meyers

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Friday, October 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Informal Performance

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

This informal showing and discussion about the company’s creative methods and collaborative process features members Yukari Osaka, Zoe Rabinowitz, and Mohammed Smahneh performing solo and duet excerpts from their most recent and forthcoming works, Against a Hard Surface and Last Ward, developed and performed in the Arab World and Europe. Free

Photo Samar King

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Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Camerata Chamber Choir: Giving Voice to the Nordic Spirit

Mead Memorial Chapel

Camerata Chamber Choir presents choral repertoire of the Nordic countries that reveals deep connections between nature and culture in music. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Camerata is one of the highest acclaimed amateur choirs in Scandinavia, with a reputation for singing with nuance and passion and for creating eclectic conceptual programs. The Middlebury College Choir opens the concert with music of the Americas. Free

Photo Mikkel Suppras Kjeldsen

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Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Clemency

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard).  As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill. A Hirschfield International Film Series event in partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival. (113 minutes) Free

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Monday, October 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Musical Healing Repertories and Ecologies of Wellbeing in Uganda

Mahaney Arts Center, Room 221

Dr. Peter Hoesing, ethnomusicologist at Dakota State University College of Arts and Sciences, delivers a public lecture introducing his research on music and traditional healing in Uganda. His sustained scholarly engagement with public healing in East Africa builds on literature across humanities and social sciences to examine repertories of wellbeing and why they matter in the present ex-colonial context. Free

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Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Bacchae 2.1

Mahaney Arts Center, Seeler Studio Theatre

In Charles Mee’s update of the classic Greek play, Dionysus comes to Thebes where the city’s ruler refuses to his acknowledge him as a god. Mee creates striking images of obscenity and beauty in this poetic, quiltlike piece, composed in the way that Max Ernst made his “fatagaga” pieces at the end of World War I. Directed by Michole Biancosino ’98. Tickets: $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/$6 Midd students; on sale October 14

Playwright Charles Mee

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