Middlebury

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778)

View of the Principal Elevation of the Column of Trajan, 1774
View of the Principal Elevation of the Column of Marcus Aurelius, ca. 1776

Etchings on paper, six sheets each

Acquired by Middlebury College c. 1900

Location: Reading Room of the Axinn Center at Starr Library

Joseph Beuys (German, 1921–1986)

7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks), 1982–1987/1998

Basalt marker and red oak tree. Tree and basalt stone planted by the Middlebury College Museum of Art in memory of the artist Joseph Beuys. 1998.003

Location: Lawn between Starr Hall and Starr Axxin

A meditative artist, political activist, and influential teacher, Joseph Beuys termed much of his work “social sculpture,” by which he meant to suggest his utopian belief that art had more than an aesthetic function.

Joseph Beuys, 7000 Oaks

Joseph Beuys (German, 1921–1986)
7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks), 1982–1987/1998
Basalt marker and red oak tree. Tree and basalt stone planted by the Middlebury College Museum of Art in memory of the artist Joseph Beuys. 1998.003 (Photo: Tad Merrick)

Location: Lawn between Starr Hall and Starr Axxin

Joseph Beuys, 7000 Oaks (display)

Joseph Beuys (German, 1921–1986)
7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) [detail], 1982–1987/1998
Basalt marker and red oak tree. Tree and basalt stone planted by the Middlebury College Museum of Art in memory of the artist Joseph Beuys. 1998.003 (Photo: Tad Merrick)

Location: Lawn between Starr Hall and Starr Axxin