June 2013

Extended through June 9

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. This exhibition has been extended in conjunction with the artist receiving an honorary degree from Middlebury at Commencement 2013. 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

Continuing (through August 11)

Edward Hopper in Vermont

Middlebury College Museum of Art

This exhibit assembles for the first time many of Hopper’s 23 known Vermont watercolors and six known drawings, on loan from institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase, as well as from private collections around the country. Hopper, seen by many as the quintessentially American artist, made regular summer sojourns to the state, and the work he produced as a result is notable, both for his ability to capture an inherent sense of the place that is Vermont, and because it was for the most part produced when he was seeking new locations for inspiration. These particular works, relatively unknown to most and rarely on view—some are being shown for the first time in 50 years—are pure landscapes with few traces of architectural form. Marked by nuances of distinctive color, light, and shadow, they are studies in artistic process, illustrating how Hopper’s vision of Vermont developed between the time of his first visit, in 1927, and his last, in 1938. Free

Pictured: Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Vermont Sugar House, 1938, watercolor on paper, 14 x 20 inches. Loan from Mr. Louis Moore Bacon

June 7, Friday

Illustrated Lecture: Edward Hopper in Vermont

4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Illustrated lecture by Bonnie Tocher Clause, author of the recently published book Edward Hopper in Vermont, which was the catalyst for one of the museum's summer exhibitions. She will speak about the revelation and evolution of the book project and the works on view in the exhibition. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free



June 8, Saturday

MiddSummer Play Lab: The Pilot Project

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Five theater department alumni living in LA, San Diego, New York, and DC travel back to Middlebury for an important week-long mission: to create a brand new play. Emily Feldman '09 will bring the script, Tara Giordano '02, Kristen Connolly '02, and Joe Varca '02 will bring the voices, and Jesse Holland '02 will direct the proceedings. Join us for the very first reading of a new play and a celebration of  Middlebury alumni collaborations. Running time: approximately 75 minutes. Open to Middlebury College Reunion attendees only.


June 23, Sunday

PTP/NYC: Showing of Works-in-Progress

Noon and 4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

The Middlebury College affiliated professional theatre company PTP/NYC (formerly known as Potomac Theatre Project) hosts two public showings of works in progress before departing for New York for the summer season at Atlantic Stage 2*. See "The Castle" by Howard Barker, directed by Richard Romagnoli, at noon; and "Serious Money" by Caryl Churchill, directed by Cheryl Faraone, at 4:30 P.M. The cast will include professional Equity actors working alongside Middlebury College theatre students. For mature audiences. Free.

*PTP/NYC's summer season runs July 3 through August 4 at Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16 St, New York, NY. Tickets available at www.ptpnyc.org.


June 25, Tuesday* (through August 11)

Hidden Away: 20th and 21st Century Works from the Permanent Collection

Middlebury College Museum of Art

It is the unusual museum that can exhibit all or even most of its collection on a regular basis. Some works are rarely on view because they are light-sensitive and can only be shown for limited periods of time. But in many cases museums, such as ours, simply do not have sufficient space to exhibit all the amazing works in the collection on an ongoing basis. So this summer, come see some of the Middlebury College Museum of Art’s treasures that are rarely on view. These include a mobile by Alexander Calder; sculptures by William Zorach, William King, and Harry Bertoia; glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Dale Chihuly (pictured); watercolors by George Grosz and Luigi Lucioni; and oil paintings by Arthur Davies, Edwin Dickinson, Ivan Albright, John Sloan, Grant Wood, Alice Neel, and Rackstraw Downes. Free

*This exhibition was formerly scheduled to open on May 23, but was postponed by the extension of Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky's Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context. Mr. Burtynsky receives an honorary degree from Middlebury in May 2013.

Pictured: Dale Chihuly, Purple Macchia with Teal Lip Wrap, 1984, glass, 8 x 14 x 14 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Gift of Nancy Hamilton Shepherd ’53 and Katharine Shepherd Furney ’78


June 27, Thursday

Where Art Meets Life: Edward Hopper Viewed by his Biographer

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

Illustrated lecture by Gail Levin. In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Edward Hopper in Vermont, Levin, the foremost biographer of Edward Hopper, will give a general introduction to his work as well as her own. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Photo Mark Vergari, The Journal News


June 28, Friday

Sheldon Museum's Annual Pops Concert

Grounds open at 5:30 PM, concert at 7:30 PM, outdoors behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts

The Sheldon Museum’s annual outdoor Pops Concert and fireworks are a summer tradition for Addison County families. Celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day with a concert of Broadway standards, pops and patriotic music performed by the Vermont Philharmonic, followed by a glorious fireworks display on the mountain view meadow behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The grounds will be open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking with the concert beginning at 7:30. (Rain site is Nelson Arena, where the acoustics are good and the space ample for casual suppers.) The evening will close with vivid fireworks–rain or shine. Be sure to bring flashlights, chairs, blankets, and a picnic. Tickets: $25 adults;  ($20 through June 21), $10 youth; available at the Sheldon Museum, at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office, or online>>

Photo Trent Campbell



June 29, Saturday

A Simple Life

Chinese School - International Film Festival

7:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Since her teenage years, Chung Chun-Tao has worked as an amah (a servant) for the Leung family. Known as Ah Tao, she witnessed every aspect of the family's life. Now, after 60 years of service, she is looking after Roger, who works in the film industry and is the only member of the family still resident in Hong Kong. One day Roger comes home from work to find that Ah Tao has suffered a stroke. He rushes her to hospital, where she announces that she wants to quit her job and move into a nursing home. Roger researches the possibilities and finds her a room in an establishment run by an old friend. Ah Tao moves in and begins acquainting herself with a new "family": the brisk but fundamentally kindly supervisor Ms Choi and a motley crew of elderly residents. Giving ever more time and attention to Ah Tao's needs and pleasures, Roger comes to realize how much she means to him. --China Lion.  Directed by Ann Hui. (China, 2011, 118 minutes) Free


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