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EXTENDED through June 9!
February 8, Friday (through April 22)

Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context


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

Burtynsky’s iconic photographs of the quarries of Vermont are explored within the context of the geological and social history of the area, including in particular the Italian immigrant stoneworkers in the granite quarries near Barre. This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College and generously supported by Raphael and Jane Bernstein/Parnassus Foundation and Laurie Jean Weil DVM in honor of her parents, Jean and Bucks Weil, Dartmouth Class of 1935. Supported at Middlebury by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Foundation and Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Photo: Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, born 1955), Rock of Ages #19, Granite Section, Rock of Ages Quarry, Barre, Vermont, 1991, chromogenic color print on paper, 40 x 50 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Acquisition Fund, 2008.034

 

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February 8, Friday (through May 5)

Linear Thinking: Sol LeWitt, Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary Art from the Collection

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

Students in the course Minimalism: Art, Objects, and Experience will install a Sol LeWitt wall drawing, courtesy of the LeWitt Estate. Throughout the term, the museum will mount ongoing complementary installations from the permanent collection. Free

Pictured: work by Sol LeWitt

 

 
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February 12, Tuesday

Opening Lecture: Nature Transformed

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall*

At the celebratory opening for this exhibit, co-curators Juliette Bianco, assistant director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, and Pieter Broucke, professor of history of art and architecture and director of the arts at Middlebury, discuss the artist’s career and the process of organizing the exhibition. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and Friends of the Art Museum. Free
*Please note new location

Pictured: Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, born 1955), Rock of Ages #7, Active Granite Section, Wells-Lamson Quarry, Barre, Vermont, 1991, digital chromogenic color print. Photograph courtesy Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York/Nicholas Metivier, Toronto

 

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February 12, Tuesday (through February 20)
Houses for a Wall

Johnson Memorial Building

An exhibition of student work from Jim Butler’s fall class Sculptural Architecture includes intricate models that synthesize balsa, hardwoods, foam-core, and fused glass. Each student creates an imaginary house by combining practical approaches of architectural thinking with flights of imagination. The pieces were created for actual sites on campus and make us wonder, what if? Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Mandy Kwan ’15 works on her architectural sculpture My House

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Starting February 12, Tuesday
Spring Dance and Movement classes

These classes are open to the college community. Register at the first class. (These classes are open on a space-available basis, at the discretion of the instructor; confirm with instructor at first meeting.) Middlebury College students: P.E. 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, http://go/middlebury.edu/dance, 802.443.5245.

These classes start the FIRST week of class, February 12:

Advanced Beginning Dance (DANC 0260/0261) with Marly Schneider
T Th 9:30-10:45 AM, MCA 110
We welcome Marly Schneider to our program as a Visiting Lecturer in Dance this Spring, teaching the technique labs associated with our DANC 0260/0261 course.

Beginning Dance (DANC 0160) with Christal Brown
T Th 3:00-4:15 PM, MCA 110

Intermediate/Advanced Technique (DANC 0461Z) with Catherine Cabeen
T Th 4:30-6:00 p.m. MCA 110

Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

 

 

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February 13, Wednesday

Dinner and Conversation with Friends

6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Back by popular demand! Before settling into the Concert Hall for an evening of piano music by Shai Wosner, please join us for dinner and a Creative Conversation about the arts in our community.  The menu includes panko-crusted pork cutlet with a demi glaze, penne puttanesca, garden salad, rice pilaf, seasonal fresh vegetables, and gourmet assorted cupcakes, plus a cash bar and coffee service. Tickets: $25. Go to the Box Office>>

 

 

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February 13, Wednesday

Shai Wosner, piano

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Local audiences were wowed by Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner’s performance with Sophie Shao and Friends a couple years ago, and we jumped at the opportunity to bring him back. Wosner’s programming, called “inventively conceived and impressive” by the New York Times, often explores the inner connections between the musical languages of two composers. Schubert and Widmann are paired on the first half of his recital, and Debussy and Beethoven (the Waldstein sonata) are paired after the interval. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) members Marny and Rob Lichtenstein. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $20/15/6.  Go to the Box Office>>

Read the press release>>

 

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February 16, Saturday

Jane Eyre

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Mia Wasikowska newly incarnates the plain governess who falls in love with her thorny employer (Michael Fassbender), only to find her happiness jeopardized by a Gothic secret. Cary Fukunaga crafts a smoldering, meticulously paced version of Brontë’s classic that “respects the book lavishly without following it blindly”—The Telegraph. U.K. film; sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

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Starting February 19, Tuesday

More Spring Dance and Movement Classes Begin

These classes are open to the college community. Register at the first class (*except Pilates; see below). Middlebury College students: P.E. 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, http://go/middlebury.edu/dance, 802.443.5245.

These classes start the SECOND week of class, February 19:

Yoga with Adeline Cleveland '14
T 12:30-1:20 PM, MCA 110

Yoga with Russell Comstock
T 5:00-6:15 PM, MCA 109

Yoga with Nikhil Ramburn '10
W 12:30-1:20 PM, MCA 110

Yoga with Catherine Cabeen
Th 12:30-1:20 PM, MCA 110

Pilates with Nina Vila*
T Th 12:30-1:20 PM, MCA 109
*College community only, fee course. Register at the Box Office starting January 28. Register online>>

Ballet, Intermediate/Advanced, with Meredith White '15 and Annie Powers '15
W 4:45-6:15 PM, MCA 109

RIDDIM with members of RIDDIM club
W 7:00-8:30 PM, MCA 109

Capoeira with Rufus Raghunath '15
Su 3:00-4:30 PM, MCA 109

 Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

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February 20, Wednesday

Hair Trigger: Femininity, Objectification, and Violence

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A lecture-demonstration by Assistant Professor of Dance Catherine Cabeen, sharing the historic research and creative process that fuels Catherine Cabeen and Company’s latest work, Fire!, which will premiere at On the Boards in Seattle January 17-20, 2013. This evening-legth work, inspired by the life and art of New Realist Artist Niki de Saint Phalle, involves 10 interdisciplinary collaborators and six dancers, directed by Cabeen. Cabeen is a dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Catherine Cabeen and Company (CCC). She has received choreographic commissions from On the Boards; Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater; the American College Dance Festival Northwest Region; the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam; Alsarab Dance Troupe and the Lebanese American University in Byblos, Lebanon; Arc Dance Company; and the Cabiri, among others. Cabeen founded CCC in 2009, to explore how interdisciplinary research and collaboration can be used to build new movement vocabularies. Free

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February 22, Friday

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art

12:15 PM, Starting at the Manahey Center for the Arts, Room 125, then proceeding to the Middlebury College Museum of Art

“Monkey Business.” Middlebury recently acquired a late-18th-century Indian painting depicting a dramatic event from the Hindu epic the Ramayana. Cynthia Packert, Christian A. Johnson Professor of History of Art, leads a lively discussion about this piece before a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College Museum of Art, and Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. Free to College ID cardholders; community donations welcomed.

Pictured: Illustration from the Ramayana, India, Bilaspur, 18th century, opaque pigment and gold on wasli, 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Robert P. and Barbara P. Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art, 2012.014.

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February 22, Friday

Buddy Meets The Strivers

8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

The coming together of some of the best poetic minds in the Millennial generation. The Striver’s Row is a collective of five internationally-known youth poets based out of the northeast. Joshua Bennett is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, currently pursuing a PhD at Princeton University. He has performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. Alysia Harris, also a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, and currently a PhD in Linguistics at Yale, began her career as slam poet on Brave New Voices. Miles Hodges is currently an undergraduate at University of Pennsylvania and has performed at the Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Kennedy Center ,and the Smithsonian Museum. Joining the Strivers is American performance poet/slam poet Buddy Wakefield. He is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion whose latest works have been released by Righteous Babe Records and Write Bloody Publishing. Sponsored by MCAB Social Committee, Dean of the College, Ross Commons Council, Cook Commons Council, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Brainerd Commons, the Departments of English, Economic, and Education Studies, Center for Religious Life, Distinguished Men of Color, Ross Commons, Cook Commons, and the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Tickets: $5; on sale 2/13. Go to the Box Office>>

 

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February 23, Saturday

The Intouchables

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Philippe Pozzo di Borgo is a white, wealthy entrepreneur left quadriplegic following a devastating accident. Driss is a young, undereducated, pot-smoking, black man living in the projects. When Borgo hires Driss as a caretaker, they find they have a lot more in common than expected in this comedy-laced, bittersweet film based on a true story. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French; screened in conjunction with the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

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February 24, Sunday

Pentecost

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

A reading of two brief scenes from the play Pentecost, by David Edgar. Gabriella Pecs, a visual arts curator in a recently democratized Eastern European country, has uncovered a medieval church fresco that she thinks pre-dates Giotto in its introduction of perspective. This plot about a "potentially priceless find" predating the fourteenth-century Italian master mobilizes Pentecost, the title itself a New Testament reference to the multiplicity of languages. Near the end of the first act, a band of asylum-seekers—from Bosnia, from Sarajevo, from Lithuania, from Kuwait—blows in to the church. They have all been living in conditions of considerable indeterminacy.

What does David Edgar have in mind? For openers:  theories of contemporary art, theories of pre-Renaissance art, theories of restoring, exploiting and commercializing all art, an overextended racial divide, responsibility for and remembrance of animosities and atrocities past, and the arrogance of Western culture. Throughout the play, there is a permeating sense of the freeing and redemptive power of art.

Pentecost is the second in David Edgar’s trilogy of plays on the theme of negotiation, set in Eastern Europe. Edgar is a dramatist and political activist whose other works (among more than 60 produced plays) include The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs and a famous eight-hour adaptation of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Sponsored by the Theatre Program, Department of History of Art and Architecture, ISO, Language Programs at Middlebury, the Rohaytn Center for Global Affairs, and the Political Science Department. Free

Pictured: Giotto, Lamentation

 

 

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February 24, Sunday

Linton Zhou ’14, piano

3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall



 

 

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February 28, Thursday

Finding a Missing Saint in 15th-Century Bruges: The Bearded Monk in the Middlebury Triptych by the Master of the St. Ursula Legend

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

A. Barton Hepburn Professor of History Paul Monod discusses the mysterious identity of one of the figures in the museum’s early Renaissance panel painting. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured: Master of the St. Ursula Legend (Flemish, c. 1475–1500), Left Altar Wing, Depicting Saint Nicholas of Myra, Saint Eloi, Saint Blaise, and another Bishop Saint, as well as the Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, the Beheading of Saint Barbara, the Temptation of Saint Anthony, and another Saint, c. 1468–72, oil on panel, 20 1/8 x 8 1/16 x 3/4 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund, 2011.001 a

 

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New Speaker!
February 28, Thursday

Cameron Visiting Architect Lecture: James Burde

7:00 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

"The Creative Process: a Few Case Studies." Architect James Burde of Teiki Design Studio has had a breadth of architectural experience from his education (at Hampshire College, Smith College, and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland) to working in London creating models of significant architectural works such as the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery of London by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown. Through that connection, he was invited by the Rothschild Foundation to design and build architectural presentation models for a new Israeli Supreme Court Building.  He has also worked in Paris in the atelier of Yves Lion.   Now residing and working in Vermont, he applies his skills and ideas to a variety of projects ranging from furniture design to custom homes and site specific buildings, uniting the clean lines of European modernism with New England tradition. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free

*This presentation takes the place of the previously scheduled talk by Andrew Freear.

 

 

 

 

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