February 2011

Mixed Signals-Schorr_Bareback
February 4, Friday (through April 17)

Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports

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

Despite all that has changed since sexual and social identity became a hot-button topic in art production and discourse throughout the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, one American stereotype still remains particularly entrenched: that of the straight male athlete as someone who is typically aggressive, hyper-competitive, and emotionally undemonstrative. Mixed Signals focuses on artists from the mid-1990s to the present who question the notion of the male athlete as the last bastion of uncomplicated, authentic identity in American culture during the preceding decades. Free

Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York. Guest curator for the exhibition is Christopher Bedford. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the members of iCI. Mixed Signals is an expanded version of Contemporary Projects 11: Hard Targets-Masculinity and American Sports, an exhibition curated by Mr. Bedford and organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Pictured: Collier Schorr, Cowboys (Bareback), 2008, archival pigmented ink print on cotton rag paper, 27 x 21 inches. Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery.

 

Catherine Miller '11
Starting Tuesday, February 8

Spring Term Movement Classes

These classes are open to the college community; register at the first class. For Middlebury College students: PE credit is available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes; if you are interested in taking a dance technique and choreography course for academic credit, see listings in Banner.

This class starts the first week of class (February 8):

Advanced Beginning Dance (DANC 0260) with Tiffany Rhynard
Tuesday and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 A.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre (Room 110)
Open on a space available basis; confirm with instructor at first class.

Pictured: Catherine Miller '11, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

February 9, Wednesday

Breaking the Huddle: Exhibition Opening, Lecture, and Reception

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Christopher Bedford, curator of exhibitions, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Ohio State University, discusses the content of the exhibition Mixed Signals as it relates to popular notions of masculinity and sport. He explores whether or not the exhibition suggests the possibility for a new democracy of sports and sports fandom through art. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Pictured: Catherine Opie, Football Landscape #5, (Juneau vs. Douglas, Juneau, Alaska), 2007, chromogenic print, 48 x 64 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Dane Verret '12 - Jalopy
February 10, Thursday

Combining Communities: Dance and Photography

12:30–1:20 P.M.,  Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
See the creative process and community engagement of the 2010–
2011 Dance Company of Middlebury through the photographic lens
of student photographer Dane Verret ’12. Verret displays and discusses his photos of the company’s performances in Middlebury and his home community of New Orleans, LA. His photos depict the intersection of the two communities of which he is currently a part. Hear his thoughts on collaborating with DCM as documentor, community member, and tour guide. This collaborative project was made possible through the Undergraduate Collaborative Research Fund. Light refreshment will be served. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Pictured: Dane Verret '12, Jalopy

Transportation and Community Character
February 10, Thursday

Transportation and Community Character:

Lecture and Q & A by Traffic Engineer Walter Kulash, P.E.

7:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Since the early 1990s, Walter Kulash has specialized in the rapidly emerging field of livable traffic design. Recent projects that incorporate the principles of livable traffic include neotraditional communities throughout the U.S. and Canada, resort villages, outdoor shopping villages, and park-once districts. He is also the author of the book Residential Streets. Kulash is in the forefront of the field of traffic calming: changing motorist behavior through street redesign. He is an engaging speaker who addresses problems common in many Vermont towns, including avoiding sprawl, dealing with the effects of disconnected street networks, and creating the transportation systems necessary to support walkable neighborhoods and shopping districts. Coordinated by the Town of Middlebury and Middlebury College; cosponsored by UVM Transportation Research Center, Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Rutland Regional Planning Commission, Smart Growth Vermont, and the Orton Foundation. Free

 

Pete Sutherland
February 11, Friday

Pete Sutherland and Friends

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Affiliate Artist, multi-instrumentalist, and songsmith Pete Sutherland brings a stage-full of local talent to propel a three-dimensional reading of songs and tunes from various folk sources, as well as his own compositions deeply rooted in tradition. Known for his potent originals, intense recreations, age-old ballads, and fiddle tunes, Sutherland's performances "shine with a pure spirit, which infuses every bit of his music and cannot fail to move all who hear him"—American Festival of Fiddle Tunes. Featuring Colin McCaffrey, Tim Cummings, Jeremiah McLane, Will Patton, Ken Perlman, Karen Sutherland, and more than two dozen stellar singers and fiddlers. This concert is also the kick-off event for the Northeast Heritage Music Camp Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Sculptural Architecture-Carolyn Towbin '11February 11, Friday

Sculptural Architecture:

Works from ART180 (on view through February 25)

Johnson Memorial Building, Pit Space

Architecture and sculpture are related. Many sculptors make architecture, and vice-versa: consider Lorenzo Bernini, Santiago Calatrava, and James Carpenter, all vivid examples. Under the teaching of Jim Butler, students in ART180 explored the inventive freedom of making sculpture through the formalized constraints inherent in creating architecture. The pieces on view resulted from two assignment projects: "A Conundrum: Make A House For A Wall," and "Construct A Path Between Two Points:  Make the Path Express The Distance From Your Mother." These projects show how architectural thinking frames our notions of socialization, and how those ideas are liberated though impractical fantasizing and sculptural dreaming. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Carolyn Towbin '11, House For A Wall, mahogany and fused glass, 22 x 34x 12 inches

 

Two Lovers
February 12, Saturday

Two Lovers

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

From director James Grey comes the story of Leonard (Joaquin Phoenix), a charismatic but troubled young man, who moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. While recovering, Leonard meets two women in quick succession, forcing him to make an impossible decision between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love, or risk falling back into the darkness that nearly killed him. "The whole movie is so well cast and performed that we watch it unfolding without any particular awareness of 'acting'"—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free


Katherine Winterstein 2010Inessa Zaretsky
February 12, Saturday

Music from Prague to Moscow:

Katherine Winterstein, violin, and Inessa Zaretsky, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Winterstein, an affiliate artist of Middlebury College, and Zaretsky, a member of the piano faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, regularly join forces for concerts throughout the Northeast and well beyond. This program includes some recent collaborations  and some older favorites. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free


Beth Thompson
Cynthia Huard
*POSTPONED-- new date: March 6
February 13, Sunday*

Gotta Sing!

Beth Thompson, soprano
Cynthia Huard, piano

3:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Giving voice to life's emotions—from love, joy, and whimsy to despair and ennui, nothing says it like a song. Affiliate Artists Beth Thompson and Cynthia Huard share vocal gems that illuminate the human condition. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free
*POSTPONED-- new date: March 6

 

 

Jeremy Cline '12
Starting Monday, February 14

Spring Term Movement Classes

These classes are open to the college community; register at the first class. For Middlebury College students: PE credit is available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes; if you are interested in taking a dance technique and choreography course for academic credit, see listings in Banner. Contact the Dance Office for further information: dance@middlebury.edu or 802.443.5245.

These classes start the second week of class (February 14):

Modern with Paula Higa
Mondays, 4:30–6:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109

Yoga with Russell Comstock
Tuesdays, 5:00–6:15 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109
$60 for 10 classes; pay at first class.

Yoga with Jeremy Cline '12
Fridays, 12:30–1:20 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109

Ballet, Intermediate/Advanced with Barbara Doyle-Wilch
Wednesdays, 4:45–6:15 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109

RIDDIM with members of RIDDIM World Dance Troupe
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109

Pilates with Nina Vila
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30–1:20 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109
$60 for one class/week, $120 for 2 classes/week, for 10 weeks total. Register online>>.

Tai Chi with Chris Kiely
Thursdays, 4:30–6:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109

Contact Improvisation with Alena Giesche '11
Fridays, 4:30–6:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre (Room 110)

Capoeira with Jeremy Cline '12
Sundays, 3:00–4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109

Pictured: Jeremy Cline '12, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

 

Paul Lewis piano 2
February 15, Tuesday

Paul Lewis, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Widely celebrated for his considered and profound interpretations of the classical repertoire, Paul Lewis is recognized internationally as one of today's most distinctive and poetic pianists. This concert commences a two-year cycle of Schubert works and features Schubert's Sonata no.15 in C, Drei Klavierstücke, and Sonata no.17 in D. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated events on October 12 and May 1. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.

 

 

Big APE
February 19, Saturday

Open Rehearsal: Big Action Performance Ensemble

2:30–5:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Come watch the performance take shape as Big APE gets ready for their public concerts on March 18 and 19. Other rehearsals take place on February 26, March 5, and March 12 at the same time/place. Free

Photo Alan Kimara Dixon


February 19, Saturday

Police, Adjective

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is a young undercover cop who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he is pressured to arrest a teenager who offers drugs to classmates. This neo-noir thriller hails from the budding Romanian film scene. It won two prizes at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. "So much in this meticulous and moving film is between the lines, and almost nothing is by the book"—New York Times. In Romanian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

Big Men in Slow Motion
February 23, Wednesday

Big Men in Slow Motion: The Autumnal Turn in Contact Sports

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Tim Spears, professor of American studies and Vice President for Administration, gives a talk focusing on the lives and representations of athletes who once competed in violent contact sports, such as boxing and football, and explores the meanings that Americans attach to the aging or diminished male body. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art in conjunction with the current exhibition Mixed Signals. Free

Pictured: Sam Taylor-Wood, 3 Minute Round, 2008, two-channel video, 3 minutes. Courtesy of Jay Jopling/White Cube, London

Cremaster 4Drawing Restraint 10February 24, Thursday

Two Films by Matthew Barney

7:00 P.M., Axinn Center, Room 232

In conjunction with the exhibition Mixed Signals, the Middlebury College Museum of Art presents a single screening of two works by the artist Matthew Barney (American, born 1967): Cremaster 4, 1994, single-channel video with sound, 42 minutes, courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York; and Drawing Restraint 10, 2005, single-channel video without sound, 59 minutes, courtesy of Gladstone Gallery. Refreshments between screenings. Free

Joey Fauerso artworkFebruary 24, Thursday

Act Natural:

Artist Talk by Joey Fauerso

4:30 P.M., Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Fauerso is an award-winning visual artist whose work spans works on paper, found landscapes, animation, and installations. Her work explores physical and metaphorical boundaries—what she calls "the interiority and exteriority of the things", human consciousness, and transcendence. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art and the Christian A. Johnson Arts Enrichment Fund. Free

Pictured: Joey Fauerso, Tommy (1), 2009, watercolor on paper, 21 x14 inches.

 

Kevin Lawrence***Postponed to Wednesday, March 16***
February 25, Friday

The Solo Violin Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach:
Kevin Lawrence, violin

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Kevin Lawrence's assertive style and strong musical personality have received critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe. Lawrence serves as string chair at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and is known to Vermont audiences as founder and artistic director of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington. The three solo violin partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach are pinnacles of the solo violin repertoire, culminating in the monumental Chaconne. "On one staff, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world."—Johannes Brahms. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

***This performance postponed due to weather. The new concert date is Wednesday, March 16 at the same time and place.

Big APE
February 26, Saturday

Open Rehearsal: Big Action Performance Ensemble

2:30–5:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Come watch the performance take shape as Big APE gets ready for their public concerts on March 18 and 19. Other rehearsals take place on February 12, March 5, and March 12 at the same time/place. Free

Photo Alan Kimara Dixon


Summer Hours
February 26, Saturday

Summer Hours

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

The divergent paths of three 40-something siblings collide when their mother dies suddenly. Left to come to terms with themselves and their differences, the siblings confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, backgrounds, and unique visions of the future. "Assayas crafts a near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a lyrical masterwork that measures loss in terms the practical and evanescent"—Rolling Stone. Winner of Boston Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Circle awards for best foreign film. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French as part of the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

February 27, Sunday

Nathan Laube, organ

3:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel

Curtis Institute of Music graduate Nathan Laube is a rising star among young classical musicians and has quickly become a popular artist on the organ recital circuit. His brilliant playing, audience-friendly programs, and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe. This recital celebrates the 40th anniversary of the installation of Mead Chapel's Gress-Miles organ. Professor emeritus of music and College organist Emory Fanning leads a behind-the-scenes organ tour preceding the concert, at 2:15 p.m. Presented by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Tickets: $24/18/6.

 


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