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CultureAtHand.jpegApril 5, Tuesday

Culture at Hand: The Anthropology of Creativity and the Making of a Divine Craftsman in India

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

Professor Kirin Narayan of the School of Culture, History, and Language at Australian National University will give a public lecture on Vishwakarma, a Hindu deity traditionally associated with the creative processes of making the material world. Elaborated through very different iconographies, genealogies, and rituals in different regions of India, his worship was once confined to craftsmen who view him as a primordial ancestor, honor him through tools, and pray to him for inspiration and success. Today, factory workers worship Vishwakarma in machines; institutes of technology and industrial areas carry his name; politicians invoke him for manufacturing initiatives. This paper seeks to understand Vishwakarma’s multiplicity of forms amid the identity politics of caste, class, and the building of contemporary India. What insights can a focus on a creator god like Vishwakarma bring to the anthropology of creativity? Sponsored by the Departments of History of Art and Architecture, Sociology/Anthropology, and International Studies-South Asian Studies;  the Johnson Enrichment Fund, and the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs. Free

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April 6-10, Wednesday-Sunday

Landing/Shifting: Bodies, Gender, and Ecosexuality with Scholar and Dance Artist Michael J. Morris

In this guest artist residency, join Michael J. Morris for a movement class and open talks on a variety of topics. You can also catch an in-process sharing of a new solo work bring created with Maree ReMalia. See details on three events below.

This guest artist residency is are supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Residency, COTA Discretionary Fund, Environmental Council of Middlebury College, Environmental Studies Program, ​Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program, Director of the Arts Gift Fund, and the Writing Program.

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Facilitation: Butoh Class in Katie Martin’s Dance Improvisation Course

3:00-4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Butoh is a postmodern approach to movement that originated primarily in the work of Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno in Japan in the 1950s. Synthesized in the aftermath of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, butoh—also known as Ankoku Butoh, or “the dance of utter darkness”—is now practiced around the globe and has developed through many strategies for generating movement. In this process, we surrender certainty of what a body means or what it might become. In this sense, butoh provides a context in which to investigate the relationship of the body to the world; to explore what can emerge out of states of complexity, crisis, or impossibility; and to practice staying open to what might not be known. Observers welcome. Free

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Talk: Ecosexuality in Performance in Mez Baker-Médard’s Gender Health and Environment Course 

10:10-11:00 AM, Chellis House

In this talk, Michael J. Morris will introduce ecosexuality as a framework for considering the entanglements of human sexuality with the nonhuman world, and in turn, for analyzing the ways in which performances figure possible perspectives of such entanglements. We will consider how the performing arts might offer resources for reimagining, rethinking, and enacting differently the ways we understand ourselves and the more-than-human world of which we are a part. Observers welcome. A light lunch will follow the talk. Free

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Informal, In-Process Sharing: Choreography by Michael J. Morris and Maree ReMalia

4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109 

Please join Morris and ReMalia as they create work together in the dance studio. Free

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Stupid F***ing Bird

7:30 PM each evening and 2:00 PM on Saturday, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Play by Aaron Posner, “sort of” adapted from Anton Chekov’s The Seagull. It’s The Seagull on steroids: Con hates his mother. Nina, the girl he adores, lusts after his mother’s lover, and he after her. Mix equal parts art, ambition, sex, and alcohol, and what you get is a recipe for madness. "…In scope of ambition, wit, insight, power of observation, beauty of language it is as good as anything you’ve seen…”—DC Theatre Scene. Music by James Sugg, directed by Cheryl Faraone. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Post-performance discussion on Thursday. This performance contains adult content and partial nudity, and is for mature audiences only. The length of show is approximately 2 hours including one intermission. Buy Tickets: $12 Public/$10 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; Box Office Info>>

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On An Average Day

8:00 PM each evening, plus a 10:30 PM show on Friday only, Hepburn Zoo

A play by John Kolvenbach ’88; senior 700-level work of Zachary Lounsbury ’16. At a young age, Jack and Robert were abandoned by their father, left to raise themselves. After almost two decades apart, the brothers reunite in the kitchen of their childhood home. Through humor, violence, and a couple of beers, they are forced to confront the scars left by their troubled past. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets $5, Go to the online box office>>

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Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble

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

Sponsored by the Department of Music.


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Tzveta Kassabova and Friends

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Hailed by the New York Times for a “wonderfully evocative use of the theater,”  dynamic new works by Middlebury’s own Tzveta Kassabova transform the theater using raw dance vocabulary, live music, and half a mile of rope. The program of dances features a collaborative trio entitled “Suneaters" by Paul Matteson ’00 (Five Colleges), Elena Demyanenko (Bennington College), and Jennifer Nugent (Amherst College). Kassabova’s newly crafted group work, “Of this world of ours,” reveals her fascination with the concept of space through both choreography and design. The show is approximately 90 minutes including one intermission. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program. Buy Tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Box Office Info>>

Photo Scotty Hardwig

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Theatre Auditions

10:00 AM–2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

For Middlebury College students: Audition for two faculty-directed fall 2016 productions (THEA 0210A & THEA 0210B).  This is the only audition for anyone wanting to act in a departmental show for the fall term, so come get involved in theatre at Middlebury!  Please come around 9:45 AM and sign up for a time slot.   Complete info at go/theatre.

Pictured: Sofia Donovan-Lafuente ’18 and Jabari Matthew ’17 in Flare Path, fall 2015, photo by Stan Barouh

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Mr. Turner

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

This film from Mike Leigh explores the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, and loved by a housekeeper whom he takes for granted, Turner forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea. “Funny and visually immaculate”—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Mike Leigh, UK/France/Germany, 144 minutes, 2014) Free

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Nightingales: Stories of Love Through Nature and Song

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

Lisa Wooldridge ’16 presents an evening of vocal music as part of her senior work. The program features arias, art songs, and lieder from the Baroque period up through the modern period, and includes works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Moore, and more. The performance is accompanied by Cynthia Huard and also features Annie Beliveau ’18, Nimrod Sadeh ’17.5, Mikaela Chang ‘19, Dan Frostman, and Betsy Killorin. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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Landing/Shifting: Drop In with artists David Bernabo, David Cherry, Blaine Siegel, and Jil Stifel

Maree ReMalia and her Pittsburgh-based collaborators present Landing/Shifting: Drop In, a series of interactive and participatory installations and performances that invite all members of the community to “drop in.” These events use dance, visual art, sound, and video to explore the ways creative experiences foster resiliency, connectivity, and sustainable well-being. Join us during the events listed below and stay tuned for pop-up activities!*


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Drop-In and Move

3:00-5:30 PM, Discovery Court, Bicentennial Hall 

Visiting artists will work with Katie Martin’s Improvisation Class on movement scores and installation concepts, and will then include anyone wishing to participate. Open to the community. Free



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Screening of Food Systems documentary in Diego Thompson’s Sociology of Food and Agricultural Systems Course

12:15-1:30 PM, Twilight Auditorium

David Bernabo has been a fixture on the Pittsburgh music and art scenes actively participating in bands, dance ensembles, art initiatives, and filmmaking. David currently performs and composes for the band/art ensemble Host Skull, dances with Maree ReMalia | merrygogo and MODULES, and is preparing installation and video work. He recently finished work on a feature-length documentary, Ongoing Box, which documents the role of process through various artistic forms and trades. View David Bernabo’s trailer for Food Systems here. Free



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Looking Out, Seeing In—Informal Performance

7:00-8:00 PM, Warner Hall Greenhouse 

Middlebury Choreographer in Residence Maree ReMalia creates work in the moment with collaborators Siegel, Stifel, Bernabo, and Cherry. Movement will happen in the greenhouse while the audience views it from outside. Free



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Drop-In—Moving Perspective

12:30-1:30 PM, Ross Dining Hall 

Further movement, video, and art installations will take place on Ross Patio. Open to the community. Free

*Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Residency, COTA Discretionary Fund, Environmental Council of Middlebury College, and the Director of the Arts Gift Fund.

Photos for Landing/Shifting: Drop In feature artists David Bernabo, David Cherry, Blaine Siegel, and Jil Stifel. Photo Blaine Siegel

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Experiments in Teaching Across Disciplines at Harvard Art Museums

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

Jessica Levin Martinez, director of the Division of Academic and Public Programs at the Harvard Art Museums, discusses new spaces and strategies for teaching and learning at the museums, which reopened in the fall of 2014 after a major renovation and expansion. She also addresses public programs that encourage collaboration with campus and community partners. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Museum Studies Enrichment Fund, Education Studies, and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured: Martinez and students work on the word portrait Untitled (Portrait of Michael Jenkins), 1991, by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Photo Lauren Marshall


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The Pitchfork Disney

7:30 PM each evening, plus a 10:00 PM show on Friday only, Hepburn Zoo

After the tragic death of their parents, twin siblings Haley and Presley Stray spend a decade locked away in a fantasy world until the door is opened and their worst nightmares invade. Heralded as one of the originators of the “in-yer-face” theatre movement, Philip Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney explores fear and humanity’s need for it.​ The senior thesis work of Alexander Burnett '16 and the independent directing work of Kristin Corbett '16.5. The length of the show is approximately 2 hours with no intermission. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets $5. Go to the online box office>>

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Heathers The Musical

8:00 PM, Town Hall Theater

A rock musical by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, based on the 1988 cult film Heathers. It tells the mordantly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. A hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal evening of entertainment based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. Think Mean Girls with a very dark twist! Presented by the Middlebury College Musical Players. The length of the show is approximately 2 hours. Tickets: $12 public/$10 faculty/staff/$6 students

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3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Poland, 1962. Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), an 18-year-old novitiate nun, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. “Ida is an art film in the finest sense of the term. It is austere technique counterbalanced by emotions that bleed”––Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Sponsored by the Holocaust Film Fund and the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland/Denmark/France/UK, 82 minutes, 2013) Free

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Middlebury College Orchestra

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

The Middlebury College Orchestra plays its spring concert. Student soloist Gioia Pappalardo ’16 will  be the featured artist in Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ impressionistic Poem for Flute and Orchestra. Under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, the program will also include Robert Schumann’s Fourth Symphony and the riotous Bacchanal from Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera Samson et Delilah. Running time: 1 hour, no intermission. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Anatasiya Prokhorenko '19

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Kendo: The Way of the Sword

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

Kendo, “The Way of the Sword,” is the art of Japanese fencing. Kendo is one of the oldest and most celebrated  of the Japanese martial arts and is held in high regard in Japan as an important cultural legacy. Kendo has transcended its bloody origins in Japan's feudal past to become a modern martial discipline that instills courtesy, humility, self-control, and fighting spirit through mentally intense and physically rigorous training. This demonstration is conducted by members of Boston Kendo Kyokai and Boston Shufukai. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Program in East Asian Studies, and the Department of Japanese Studies. Free

Photo Iggy Barskov

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Scratching the Surface: Intaglio Prints

Johnson Memorial Building, Mezzanine

Students present their new work from Hedya Klein’s class ART 315: Scratching the Surface, exploring traditional and contemporary methods of printmaking. Imagery is developed through drawing, layering, and hand-coloring applications as well as exposure to contemporary art discourse. Intaglio encompasses an array of techniques: in essence, ink is applied to a plate of zinc, copper, wood, Plexiglas, or cardboard, and then transferred onto paper by pulling it through a press. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Caroline Colan ’17.5, intaglio, 2015, drypoint


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Paul Strand’s Problem of Likeness, or, Notes toward a Theory of Portraiture

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

Illustrated lecture by Amanda Bock, Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Building on a new approach to portraiture Paul Strand initially explored while working in New England, his intensive and intimate photographic study of the residents of the small Italian village of Luzzara rigorously probed the limits of the genre. This lecture is a prelude to the museum’s summer exhibition Paul Strand in Vermont: 1943–1946. Sponsored by the Museum of Art. Free

Paul Strand, The Family, Luzzara (The Lusettis), 1953, gelatin silver print. Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Paul Strand Collection, gift of Marjorie and Jeffrey Honickman, 2012-181-62.

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Look, Don't Touch: How Aspen Defies what We’ve Come to Expect as the “Art Experience”

12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125 and Museum

Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern Madison Hampton ’18 gives a public talk as part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art. We have grown to accept art as something framed and subsequently hung on the pristine white walls of museums and galleries; but Aspen, as a boxed publication printed in 1967, forces us to question not only how we define art, but also how we interact with it. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders

Pictured: Issue 5+6 of Aspen, ​published in 1967 and edited by Brian O'Doherty

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Piano Concert  by Gloria Breck `18 and Junya Iwata `19

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

Two piano students of Diana Fanning—Gloria Breck and Junya Iwata—come together in a piano performance celebrating works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Tan Dun, and others. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko `19

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The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

8:00-10:00 PM, 51 Main at the Bridge

The College’s swingin’ big band makes its annual spring appearance at 51 Main.  The joint is always jumpin’ and the SIJE’s music is sure to keep fingers snapping and toes tapping. There might even be dancing in the aisles! Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko '19

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Closed Curtain

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

An Iranian screenwriter hides from the world in a secluded seaside house, with only his dog for company. His tranquility is shattered one night by a young woman running from the law. But come dawn, another unexpected presence will change everything. Closed Curtain is director Jafar Panahi’s second film since his 20-year ban on filmmaking, after 2011’s This Is Not a Film. In Persian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series.(Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi, Iran, 106 minutes, 2013) Free

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Miles Donahue: A Vermont Jazz Experience

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

Affiliate Artist Miles Donahue, playing saxophone and trumpet, leads an all-star lineup in celebration of jazz—all four Berklee College of Music professors—Sal Difusco on guitar, Tim Ray (long time player for Lyle Lovett) on piano, John Lockwood on bass, and Larry Finn on drums. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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Clarity Haynes, “On a Queer, Feminist, Socially Engaged Painting Practice”

4:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Clarity Haynes is a New York-based painter who creates large-scale portraits of women, trans, and gender nonconforming people. Her long-standing Breast Portrait Project explores the torso as a site for portraiture, and reveals themes of trauma, healing, and self-determination. Haynes’ work can currently be seen in The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, through early January of 2017. Haynes teaches at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Clarity Haynes, Roxanne, 2012, oil on linen, 58 x 79 inches


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The Revolutions Are Being Televised: Curating Islamic Art in the 21st Century

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

News channels broadcast chaotic scenes from Cairo, Damascus, and Kabul to millions of people, increasing awareness of Islamic sites and cultures in North Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East while simultaneously contributing to erroneous public assumptions about a monolithic Islam hostile to art.  Islamic art historian and museum curator Leslee Michelsen discusses the changing role that contemporary museums play in curating and interpreting Islamic art amidst the socio-political realities of the 21st century. Sponsored by the Johnson Enrichment Fund, and the Department of History of Art and Architecture.  Free


April 28, Thursday

New Works by Katie Martin

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Katie Martin showcases her work within the spheres of choreography, performance, education, and movement research in this solo performance. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Photo Jim Coleman

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One for the Road

8:00 PM each evening plus 9:30 PM on Friday night only, Hepburn Zoo

Harold Pinter's One for the Road is an uncomfortable exploration of power and psychological torture: an interrogator uses nothing but language to breakdown a family’s psyche. Senior work of Aashna Aggarwal ’16; sponsored by the Theatre Program. Adult language and content; for mature audiences only. Running time: 30 minutes. Tickets: $5

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Orazio Samacchini’s Judith with the Head of Holofernes: An Art Historical Detective Story

12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre and Lower Lobby

Pieter Broucke, professor of history of art and architecture and associate curator of ancient art, recounts the multiyear quest that resulted in the reattribution of one of the museum’s earliest acquisitions from German artist Hans Von Aachen (1522–1615) to Orazio Samacchini (1532–1577), an influential Mannerist artist from Bologna. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Presented as part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders

Pictured: Orazio Samacchini (1532–1577), Judith with the Head of Holofernes, c. 1570, MCMA 1968.003. Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund.

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Middlebury Bach Festival

Mahaney Center for the Arts and Mead Chapel

The sixth annual festival features the Middlebury Bach Choir, period baroque instruments, concerts, and special activities.

Visit for a full schedule.

April 29, Friday

Opening Concert: Bach Festival

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

This concert features vocal works of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna and music of other master madrigalists, performed by the Middlebury Collegium. Anthony Harvey and Richard Stone, lutes and theorbos. More details at Free

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Bach Festival Concert

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

The Middlebury Bach Choir and Festival Orchestra perform under the direction of Jeffrey Buettner. Running time: approximately 1 hour, 35 minutes, including 1 intermission. More details at Tickets $12 Public/$10 Middlebury ID holders; Middlebury College students free with ID. Box Office Info>>

Photo Brett Simison

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Art and Craft

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

This documentary exposes the life of Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. His impressive body of work spans 30 years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes everything from Picasso to Walt Disney. “It adds fuel to the argument that the art market is a rigged game manipulated by curators and gallerists spouting mumbo-jumbo”––Stephen Holden, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sam CullmanJennifer Grausman, Mark Becker, USA, 89 minutes, 2014) Free

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