Author Archives: Douglas Perkins

About Douglas Perkins

Douglas Perkins '94 is Administrative Operations Manager at the Middlebury College Museum of Art and steward of the museum's digital presence.

Formal Unveiling of Vito Acconci’s Newly Reinstalled Way Station Sculpture, Friday, October 18, 2:00 p.m.

On Friday, October 18, the Middlebury College Museum of Art will inaugurate its newest addition to the campus’s distinguished collection of public art—a reinstallation of Vito Acconci’s provocative and seminal sculpture Way Station I (Study Chamber). The sculpture is located adjacent to the pond at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Porter Field Road. The inauguration—which will include remarks about the history of the piece and its significance within the arc of the artist’s career, followed by the formal unlocking of the structure—is free and open to the public and will occur at 2:00 p.m.

To learn more about the piece, read the full press release.

Vito Acconci, Way Station I (Study Chamber), 1983/rebuilt 2013, steel, concrete, spray enamel, mirror, 81 x 72 x 54 inches.  Commissioned with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Fund (1983) and the Committee on Art in Public Places (2013), 2013.017. (Photo: Jonathan Blake)

Vito Acconci, Way Station I (Study Chamber), 1983/rebuilt 2013, steel, concrete, spray enamel, mirror, 81 x 72 x 54 inches. Commissioned with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Fund (1983) and the Committee on Art in Public Places (2013), 2013.017. (Photo: Jonathan Blake)

Another Summer in the Books

Summer comes and goes very quickly here in Vermont—blink and you've missed it, as some would say—and like the season itself, our summer exhibits vanish with a similar haste, like a Fumé Blanc that you wish would have lingered just a bit longer on your tongue. As I watch the works come off the wall and go back into storage or back to their lending institutions, I often find myself wishing that I had spent more time with them, and inevitably I turn to the exhibit's comment book to absorb others' insights about the show as a way of allowing it to hang a little longer in my mind's eye. Continue reading

Fabergé: The Social and Political Implications of Russian Decorative Arts

The Middlebury College Museum of Art possesses a remarkable collection of Russian artifacts and family keepsakes made by the firm of the famous jeweler, Carl Fabergé. This essay by Adrian Kerester ’15, adapted from her April 2013 lecture and reproduced here with permission, explores Russia’s social history at the turn of the last century through an examination of and conversation surrounding Russian decorative arts and the culture of Russia’s ruling aristocracy. Continue reading

Museum Accepting Nominations for Middlebury College Student Arts Award

The Museum is now accepting nominations for currently enrolled Middlebury College students who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding work in or support of the visual arts. Initiated in 1998, the award is given to a Middlebury College student whose artistic ability and contribution to the visual arts at the college is worthy of distinction. In past years the award has been given to studio artists –- sculptors, painters, filmmakers, installation artists –- as well as to an art critic for the Campus. Last year the students who inaugurated M GALLERY were awarded the prize.

Nominations should be accompanied by a nomination form, found here, and must be received by Friday, March 22.

The award ceremony will be held Sunday, May 5 at the Annual Meeting and Dinner of the Friends of the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

For further information, please contact Emmie Donadio, chief Curator, at (802) 443-2240 or donadio@middlebury.edu.

Help the Museum Match a $5,000 Challenge Gift

Faculty and staff, we need your help.

The Middlebury College Museum of Art has received a gift that will match each  new membership by faculty and staff, up to $5,000. We’re proud that our Museum is free to the public, but it is not without cost. The exhibits we organize or bring to the College are here for you, our students, and our extended community. Please show your support by joining the Museum. It’s easy to join online, or you can visit the museum’s website for details on other ways to become a member and to learn more about the benefits of membership.

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Lovely Filth

It’s not often that I get to make direct connections between an exhibition in the galleries and the collection of public art that we have on permanent display around the campus. The opportunity is probably there more often than I’m aware, but during my tenure anyway, the times when the similarities have been palpable have been rare. This spring, with Environment and Object • Recent African Art on view in several of our galleries there’s a theme that’s begging to be explored both inside and out. And it’s totally rubbish. Continue reading