January 7, Tuesday (through March 23)

Observing Vermont Architecture

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

This exhibition is designed to coincide with the release of The Buildings of Vermont by Glenn Andres and Curtis Johnson. Part of the series Buildings of the United States, published by the National Society of Architectural Historians, the book pairs Johnson’s photographs with Andres’s commentaries, to explore the exceptional quality of Vermont’s remarkably diverse built landscape, from the Federal to the Postmodern periods. Free

Pictured: Crossett Library, 1957–59, Pietro Belluschi with Carl Koch and Associates; Sasaki Associates, landscape.  North Bennington. Photo: Curtis Johnson 

January 9, Thursday

To See Brazil without Crossing the Ocean: Johan Maurits and the Art of Exchange

Carrie Anderson, Ph.D., Boston University

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

Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen, the governor-general of Dutch Brazil from 1637 to 1644, amassed an extraordinary collection of ethnographic images and objects while governing the Dutch colony. Upon his return to Europe, he distributed portions of his collection in a series of diplomatic gifts that included paintings and tapestry cartoons by the renowned Dutch artists Albert Eckhout and Frans Post.  This talk will consider how the dynamic afterlife of Maurits’s gifts shaped new paradigms for the visual consumption of colonial Brazil. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art & Architecture. Free

Pictured: Albert Eckhout, Tapuya Woman, 1641, oil on canvas.  National Museum, Copenhagen


January 11, Saturday

The Gatekeepers

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, candidly reveal some of the agency’s more controversial operations. Stretching from the Six-Day War to the present, The Gatekeepers uses both archival footage and computer animation to recount the role of these six men in the supervision of Israel’s security. “As a clear-eyed examination of a conflict that seems to have no end, The Gatekeepers is powerful, provocative stuff.”—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Part of the January Documentary Series sponsored by Hirschfield International Film Series. (Dror Moreh, Israel/France/Germany/Belgium, 2012, 101 minutes) Free

January 12, Sunday

Jung-Ja Kim, piano

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

Korean-born pianist Jung-Ja Kim has won critical acclaim for her pianistic brilliance and insight, earning praise from publications like the Boston Globe for her “virtuosity of imagination,” “strong, generous personality,” and “pianistic precision of a rare order.” Kim travels from Boston, where she is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory, to delight our audience with six preludes by Rachmaninoff, plus Ravel’s Miroirs, Sonatine, and Valses nobles et sentimentales. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $20/15/6. 


January 13, Monday

Cameron Visiting Architect Lecture: Kyu Sung Woo

7:00 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Woo is the founding principal of Kyu Sung Woo Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a firm that has received international recognition from the Republic of Korea Ministry of Culture, the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Bennington College, Dartmouth College, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sponsored by the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Director of the Arts. Free

Pictured: Kyu Sung Woo Architects, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, 2007, photo Timothy Hursley


January 14, Tuesday

Glenn Andres: Observing Vermont Architecture

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Professor of History of Art and Architecture Glenn Andres discusses the current exhibition Observing Vermont Architecture, surveying buildings both grand and humble, designed by laymen as well as prominent state and national architects. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free



January 15, Wednesday

Catherine Cabeen:  “Embracing the Immaterial:  Dancing with Nouveau Realism”

4:30 PM, The Orchard (Room 103), The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

This lecture/demonstration will discuss Cabeen's work as a choreographer who dialogues with historic research in order to create contemporary performance work. She is currently developing the third evening-length work in a trilogy of performance artworks that celebrate Nouveau Realism and the movement's articulation of the relationship between the experiential and the tangible. As an artist and teacher who works in the ephemeral art form of dance, her research is geared towards endorsing the inherent value of experience and performance with in a capitalist society that is otherwise more interested in product than process. Presented by the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. Free

January 16, Thursday

Nicole Blackwood: "Looking Closely for the Artist's Hand"

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

Until the industrial revolution, all made objects were the products of a bodily process, artifacts produced through movements of the hand. They were also intended to be apprehended and understood through the bodily senses, that is, by way of sight, touch, smell, taste, or sound. The inherent and inescapable physicality of both making and beholding works led painters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods to touch their paintings with their hands, imprinting the paint with highly self-conscious reflections on the act of making. This lecture will explore the curious presence of the artist’s hand in the work of art from Albrecht Dürer to Rembrandt van Rijn, offering new insights into the complex and revelatory interplay of manufacture and close looking in early modern painting. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured: Hendrick Goltzius, Goltzius’s Right Hand, 1588, pen and brown ink, 9 x 12 5/8 inches. Teylers Museum, Haarlem




January 17, Friday

Middlebury College Orchestra: Beethoven's Eroica

Andrew Massey, conductor

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The Middlebury College Orchestra presents the grandest of all symphonies, Beethoven’s Third Symphony, Eroica. Andrew Massey conducts this fifth-annual winter-term Beethoven concert and offers a few words about how the piece is put together. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free *This concert has been canceled due to illness.





January 18, Saturday

This Is Not a Film

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Smuggled into the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on a flash drive hidden within a birthday cake, this documentary follows a day in the life of acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle). While under house arrest, charged with alleged crimes against national security, he defies the Iranian government by creating a film using only his DV camera and iPhone. “This Is Not a Film is a compelling personal document, a quietly passionate statement of artistic intent, and an uncompromising testament to [Panahi’s] belief in cinema"—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. In Persian with English subtitles. Part of the January Documentary Series sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2011, 75 minutes) Free


January 20, Monday

MLK Oratorio 2014: A Celebration in Song, Speech, and Dance

7:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

Featuring Middlebury College a cappella groups, student orators, and dancers from the “Move2Change” Winter Term class, all performing tributes to the Civil Rights leader’s legacy. Directed by Dana Yeaton with musical direction by Larry Hamberlin. Sponsored by the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Free

January 21, Tuesday

Elena Fitzpatrick Sifford: Visualizing the Sacred in the Baroque Art of the Spanish World

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

In Visualizing the Sacred in the Baroque Art of the Spanish World, Elena FitzPatrick Sifford probes the act of seeing as a means of cultural translation and religious transformation on both sides of the Atlantic. Her research on the images and cult of the Black Christ in colonial Mexico and Central America sheds new light on the age's larger questions of religious faith, cultural hybridity, and the variety of visual experience. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free


January 23, Thursday

Photographing Vermont's Architecture

 4:30 PM, Twilight Auditorium*

Author and photographer Curtis Johnson discusses the current exhibition Observing Vermont Architecture with emphasis on vernacular and popular buildings in the state and his architectural photography for Buildings of Vermont, part of the series Buildings of the United States. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Committee on the Arts, and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured: Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1892, George Guernsey, City of Rutland. Photo Curtis Johnson


January 23, Thursday

Isabelle Faust, violin

Alexander Melnikov, piano

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

At the 2010 Gramophone Awards, violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov were praised for “a searching and very poetic collection of Beethoven’s sonatas” upon winning the chamber music category. The Guardian wrote, “[they] are ideal partners, wrestling with the musical dialogue with poise, imagination and freshness.” While in Middlebury, the duo performs two Beethoven sonatas, two Weber sonatas, and Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major. Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin offers a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.  

Photo Marco Borggreve


January 25, Saturday

How to Survive a Plague

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

This powerful documentary tracks the history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, focusing on the efforts and activism of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG—that singlehandedly changed AIDS from being a death sentence to a treatable disease. The winner of best documentary from the Gotham Independent Film Awards, How to Survive a Plague is skillfully crafted: “The material has been shaped . . . so that you’re not simply looking at activists, you’re beholding war heroes”—Wesley Morris, Boston Globe. Part of the January Documentary Series sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (David France, US, 2012, 120 minutes) Free

January 27, Monday

T. Woody Richman, "Making How to Survive a Plague"

4:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 232

T. Woody Richman, a prominent editor and producer of documentary films including Fahrenheit 9/11, Capitalism: A Love Story, and Trouble The Water, will discuss his latest film, How to Survive a Plague, which screens as part of the Hirschfield International Film Series on Saturday, January 25. The film, which Woody co-wrote, co-produced, and edited, chronicles the history of AIDS activism in the United States. He will discuss the film and his broader career working on social and political documentaries. Sponsored by the Film and Media Culture Department. Free


January 27, Monday

Visiting Artist Lecture:  Sunita Prasad

4:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Sunita Prasad is a video and performance artist based in New York City. This artist talk will present Prasad's experimentations with gendered bodies, histories, and behaviors. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Sunita Prasad, Presumptuous Metro


January 28, Tuesday

Senior Thesis Exhibition: Ally Silberkleit '14 (On View Through January 31)

Johnson Memorial Building, Pit Space

Studio Art student Ally Silberkleit displays her thesis work. The show focuses on memory and an obsession with the past, mainly childhood and early teenage years. Silberkleit is interested in the innocence and freedom she associates with that time, and how that changes or is lost with age. Issues of family and a sense of home or place are also closely tied with much of the work. Come to the exhibition opening on Thursday, January 30 from 4:30-6:00 PM. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free




January 29, Wednesday

Informal Dance Showing: "Move2Change"

Noon, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Students in the Winter Term course, "Move2Change: Social Activism and Performance," led by guest artist and returning faculty member Tiffany Rhynard, demonstrate what happens when social justice, theatre, dance, and digital media intersect. Exploring issues from political science to gender studies to civil rights, students create a series of provocative and theatrical works designed to make audiences consider their role and responsibility in the local and global community. Sponsored by the Dance Program and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Free


January 29, Wednesday

The Holy Trinity of Museology: Exhibition Space, Collections, and Audience

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

An illustrated talk by Dr. Joost C. A. Schokkenbroek, Professor of Maritime History and Heritage at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Chief Curator of Scientific Programming at the Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands’ main maritime museum. He is currently teaching a Winter Term course at Middlebury on the Dutch Maritime Empire, 1588-1713. In his talk, Dr. Schokkenbroek will discuss how the Scheepvaartmuseum has adapted to new historical conditions by maximizing the flexibility of exhibition space. Sponsored by the Department of History and the Director for the Arts. Free

Pictured: Ludolf Backhuysen, The Return of the Dutch Flagship Hollandis, 1665. Collection Het Scheepvaartmuseum


January 29, Wednesday

Collegium and Friends

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Organized by Director of Choral Activities Jeff Buettner, this informal vocal concert will include performances by two Collegium groups, one faculty/staff group, and the student a cappella group the Mountain Ayres. Reception to follow. Free




January 30, Thursday

Winter Term Studio Art and Architecture Celebration

4:30-6:00 PM, Johnson Memorial Building

Studio art and architectural studies students display works and works in progress created this Winter Term in Intro to Architecture, Intro to Digital Photography, Craft in the Digital Age, Black & White Photography, Studio Art 1, and Bauhaus Vorkurs.  Sponsored by the Programs in Studio Art and Architectural Studies. Free




January 30, Thursday


7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A lightly-produced showcase of artistic pieces developed by self-motivated dance and performing arts students during Winter Term, including tap, modern, film, and more. The choreographers used personal backgrounds, experience, and tools learned while at Middlebury to hone their individual voices and means of expression. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

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