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George H. Marcus: Art Deco in France and Its Global Impact 

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

George H. Marcus, art historian at the University of Pennsylvania and former director of publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is coauthor of Landmarks of Twentieth Century Design (1993) and monographs on Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, and Fifties Design. His talk is sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum or Art and the Departments of French and Japanese in conjunction with the exhibition Deco Japan, on view at the Museum through April 24. Free

Gyōbu Kiyoshi (act. 1930s), Vase with Thunder Pattern Design (Raimon kabin), c. 1930s, porcelain, 9 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches.

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NER Out Loud

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

In the tradition of public radio’s Selected Shorts, enjoy this second annual evening of original prose and poetry from the New England Review literary magazine, read aloud by Middlebury College students from Oratory Now. Join the readers and organizers for a “s’more readings” reception after the event, including contributions from student literary magazines Blackbird, Frame, MiddGeo, Sweatervest, and Translingual.  Approximate running time: 1 hour with no intermission; reception immediately following. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Oratory Now, and the New England Review. Free


ASL interpretation provided.

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3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects, and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of free-spirited girls. She changes her name and her style, drops out of school, and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. “A mesmerizing exercise in the enlightenment that can happen when a filmmaker shifts the male cinematic gaze ever so slightly”––Ann Hornaday, Washington Post. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French and the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Céline Sciamma, France, 113 minutes, 2014) Free

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Diana Fanning, piano

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

A concert celebrating Diana Fanning’s 40 years of teaching piano at Middlebury College. Her program features Brahms’ monumental Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. One of the outstanding piano works of the Romantic era, it is a dazzling masterpiece of imagination, virtuosity, and expressivity. Works by Beethoven, Debussy, and Janáček complete the program. “American pianist Diana Fanning transported her audience into a scenic paradise”—Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich. the program is approximately 1 hour, 35 minutes including 1 intermission. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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Off the Wall: Saitō Kazō’s “Synthetic Art”: New Designs for Modern Japan

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

Gennifer Weisenfeld, professor of art history and visual studies, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, analyzes selected examples of aesthetically coordinated interior and clothing designs from the work of celebrated Japanese designer Saitō Kazō (1887–1955). 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: Gennifer Weisenfeld

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Wild Tales

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

This Argentinean film by Damian Szifron presents a suddenly shifting reality as the backdrop to a lover’s betrayal, a return to a repressed past, and the violence woven into everyday life. Its characters are driven to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control. “If everyone behaved the way the characters in Wild Tales behave, civilization would crumble”––Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Damián Szifron, Argentina/Spain, 122 minutes, 2014) Free

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Dinner and Conversation with Friends

6:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Before settling into the Robison Hall (Concert Hall) for an evening of chamber music by pianists Maria João Pires and Julien Brocal, join fellow concertgoers for a pre-performance dinner. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet meal, seated family style. Buy Tickets: $25.  Box Office Info>> 

*Canceled due to significant staffing changes in dining services.

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Maria João Pires and Julien Brocal, piano

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

One of the finest musicians of her generation, Maria João Pires continues to transfix audiences with the spotless integrity, eloquence, and vitality of her art. Also a dedicated educator, she performs recitals with her most gifted piano students as part of her “Partitura Project,” designed to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations. Pires shares her Vermont debut with student Julien Brocal, praising his “poetry, spontaneity, restraint, and a profound sense of structure and awareness of sound.” Pires and Brocal will take turns at the piano, playing works by Ravel and Beethoven sonatas, and will treat us to a duet for four hands by Debussy. The program is approximately 2 hours including 1 intermission. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Performing Arts Series Society. Reserved Seating. Buy Tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; PASS Members $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Box Office Info>>

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Photos (l) Felix Broede and (r) Music Chapel

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Timothy Cummings and Guests

4:00 PM, Wilson Hall, McCullough Social Space

The entrancing music and dance of Ireland and Brittany, the “Celtic” region of northwestern France, are the focus of this year’s event. Affiliate artists Timothy Cummings (pipes, whistles), Pete Sutherland (fiddle, song, etc.), and Dominique Dodge (harp, song), along with Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano), Mary Wesley (dance caller), and student guests, invite you to join in celebrating these related traditions. Audience participation in both singing and dancing is warmly encouraged! Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Teddy Anderson ’13.5


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Exhibition Opening Reception for ReVodution

4:30 – 6:30 PM, McCullough Student Center, Center Gallery

This photographic exhibition, on view through April 10, uses observation, expert accounts, and close-up views of traditional practices to demystify Vodu and demonstrate that the realities of modern life are not incompatible with an intricate and intimate relationship with traditional spirituality. Photographs by Visiting Professor of Studio Art Gigi Gatewood and Pele Voncujovi ’19. Text by Sena Voncujovi ’17. Refreshments will be served. Free

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March 15, Tuesday*

AGENCY Architecture: Hackable Infrastructures

4:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller are founding principals of AGENCY, a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice engaging contemporary culture through architecture, urbanism, and advocacy. In this lecture, they discuss former and current projects ranging from media environments and material assemblies to guerrilla infrastructures, architectural systems, and speculative urban research. Sponsored by the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free
*This event was previously scheduled for March 2; please note revised date.

Pictured: Selfie Park, AGENCY Architecture LLC

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Advanced Drawing Exhibit

Johnson Memorial Building, Mezzanine

Diverse drawing techniques, content, and approaches are on view in this exhibit of ART 300: Advanced Drawings. While students begin with the same prompt, problem, or question, their creative responses result in expressions that are worlds apart. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Gloria Breck ’18, drawing, 2015, markers

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Photography from the Permanent Collection

Middlebury College Museum of Art

This exhibition, displayed in conjunction with the class HARC 0218: History of Photography, considers photography from its inception in 1839 to the present. The works highlight technological advances, aesthetic developments, and the acceptance of the medium in different genres, such as landscape, portraiture, and documentation. Free

Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946), Two Towers—New York, c. 1910-13, from Camera Work 44, photogravure on paper. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Acquisition Fund, 2008.030.

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A Modern Old Master? Using Historical GIS To Chart El Greco's Influence on the French Avant-Garde

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

Lecture by Ellen Prokop. Many specialists have claimed that the early modern artist El Greco served as an important source of inspiration for several seminal masters of French 19th-century painting. Yet there is little evidence that these avant-garde artists had the opportunity to study El Greco’s work in person. This lecture outlines this scholarly debate and demonstrates how geospatial technologies and analytical techniques offer a compelling means to explore El Greco’s contested legacy and discover new perspectives on the enduring issue of his influence. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Johnson Enrichment Fund. Free

Pictured: Paul Cézanne (1839–1906),  Lady in a Fur Wrap, After El Greco, 1885–86. Oil on canvas, 53 x 49 cm, private collection

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Faculty Dance Concert

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

The Dance Program offers samples of faculty choreography, featuring works by Christal Brown, Scotty Hardwig, Tzveta Kassabova, and Katie Martin. The program is approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes including 1 intermission. This performance contains adult content and partial nudity, and is for mature audiences only.

  Buy Tickets: $12 Public/$10 Middlebury ID holder/$6 Middlebury Students; on sale February 29. Box Office Info>>

Photos Alan Kimara Dixon

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Beyond the Lights

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

The pressures of fame have music superstar Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, an aspiring politician who has been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. “It may be a fantasy, but it is an uncommonly smart and honest one”––A. O. Scott, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Gina Prince-Bythewood, USA, 116 minutes, 2014) Free

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March 19, Saturday

Songs and Arias

8:15 PM,* Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall (Concert Hall)

A select group of students from the Department of Music present a variety of songs, duets, and arias, ranging from the Baroque era to the present. Accompanied by Cynthia Huard and Annemieke Spoelstra McLane, piano. Free

Pictured: Michael McCann ‘15

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In Pace, Incomplete: Mozart Requiem (Introitus—Lacrymosa)

3:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

The Middlebury College Choir and instrumentalists present the first parts of Mozart’s Requiem in D, in the 225th anniversary year of the composer’s death. The performance includes the most substantial part of the piece mostly completed by Mozart himself. Other choral repertoire complements the Requiem. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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Jupiter String Quartet
with Roger Tapping, viola, and Natasha Brofsky, cello

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

The Jupiter String Quartet is known around the world for blazing, passionate, and energetic performances. Between three of the four members being related, and their annual treks to Middlebury, the Jupiters feel like family. This time, they visit our Robison Hall (Concert Hall) with friends: the husband and wife team of violist Roger Tapping (whom many will remember from his many years with the Takács Quartet) and cellist Natasha Brofsky. Together, these artists will wow our audience with a special evening of sextet music worthy of family: Brahms’ G Major Sextet and Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin offers a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 PM in Room 125. Program is approximately 90 minutes including 1 intermission. Reserved Seating. Buy Tickets: $25 Public/$20 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Box Office Info>>

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Photos (top) Brian Stauffer and (bottom left) Susan Wilson


March 24, Thursday (through April 12)

A Box, Some Tape, and the New York Times

Johnson Memorial Building, Mezzanine

An exploration of the concepts of representation and abstraction: Students from Sanford Mirling’s Introduction to Sculpture class use only three materials to translate two real-world objects—one fitting in the palm of their hand, and one large enough to enter—into a single abstract form. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Spence Peterson ’18, sculpture, 2015, cardboard

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