Join us at the Fleming Museum for our series of afternoon and evening programs. Each program is related to an exhibition or an object from the permanent collection currently on view. Programs are included with regular admission, unless noted otherwise.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

OLLI PROGRAM: Fleming Museum Tour: Gallery of Asian Art

Enjoy a private tour of the Fleming Museum’s recently opened Gallery of Asian Art, featuring distinctive artistic traditions from a range of cultures and countries across Asia. The Fleming’s Curator of Education, Christina Fearon, offers an in-depth tour and conversation focusing on Chinese decorative arts, Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, Japanese armor, Indian miniature painting, and more.

This program is a collaboration between the Fleming Museum of Art and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). To register, contact OLLI:


The Painted Word Poetry Series

with Willie Perdomo

Willie Perdomo is the author of The Essential Hits of Shorty BonBon, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, winner of the International Latino Book Award, and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. He is also the author of Smoking Lovely, winner of the PEN Beyond Margins award; and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, a Poetry Society of American Norma Farber First Book Award finalist. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Bomb Magazine, and African Voices. He is currently a member of the VONA/ Voices faculty, a Lucas Arts Literary Fellow, and teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of English.


TALK: The 'Fetish’ Revisited: Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make

J. Lorand Matory, Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Director of the Center for African and African American Research at Duke University; UVM James Marsh Professor-At-Large; and Curatorial Consultant To the exhibition Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic

This talk opens a UVM Religion Department Speaker Series entitled Religious Objects and Embodied Practices in the Black Atlantic.

NOTE: The talk takes place at UVM’s Davis Center in the Livak Ballroom

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

FAll 2017 Opening Reception

Hosted by UVM Provost David Rosowsky, Fleming Director Janie Cohen and the Fleming Museum's Board of Advisors

Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, and music

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

WORKSHOP: Indigo Dye Workshop

with Yemisi Ajayi, a textile/fiber artist working within the realm of traditional Yoruba cloth, motifs, and dyeing

This workshop provides an overview of traditional Yoruba cloth-dyeing processes including batik and tie-dye (adire). In this hands-on workshop, participants have the opportunity to be trained in ancient techniques that continue to allow for fresh personal creativity and self-expression. Topics to be covered include immersion dyeing using melted wax resist techniques and creating designs by tying with raffia. Participants also learn how to apply West African produced, water-soluble indigo dyes onto natural fabrics (cotton and silk).

Fee: $90 / $75 Museum Members. All materials are provided
Please email to register.



TALK: Heat and Happiness in the Making of a Haitian Vodou God

with Marie Maude Evans, Chief Priestess (Manbo Asogwe) Of The Sosyete Nago Temple Of Jacmel, Haiti, And Mattapan, Massachusetts

In the Haitian Vodou religion, gods and people empower each other. The hotter the singing, drumming, and dancing of the worshippers, the stronger the gods become. In this talk, Chief Priestess Marie Maude Evans offers a glimpse of the power behind the striking pakèt kongo altars of Haiti, as well as some background for Thursday’s ceremony at the Fleming.

Support from the Vermont Humanities Council and the UVM Department of Anthropology

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

SPECIAL EVENT: Ritual Celebration

with Marie Maude Evans, Chief Priestess (Manbo Asogwe) Of The Sosyete Nago Temple Of Jacmel, Haiti, And Mattapan, Massachusetts

Museum visitors have the opportunity to witness a public event unprecedented in Burlington history—a sacred festival led by Haitian priestess Manmi Maude in honor of the gods of Vodou. The ritual includes the presentation of delectable foods to the gods on an altar that will be mounted and consecrated at the Fleming Museum, as well as a drumming and dance performance to entertain the gods.


TALK: My Father and New England

with Peter Barnett, philosopher and book artist

While Herbert Barnett spent the latter half of his career as Dean of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, his landscape painting during this time focused on New England. In this talk Peter Barnett, the artist's son, places the Vermont work in the context of Herbert Barnett's other landscapes and his New England roots.

Support from UVM’s Center for Research on Vermont


SCHOLAR'S TOUR: Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic

Vicki Brennan, UVM associate professor of religion, leads a gallery tour of the exhibition.


TALK: Why Do the Gods Let This Happen? Vodou in the 21st Century

with Donald J. Cosentino, Professor Emeritus of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California-Los Angeles

The 21st century has been the most catastrophic in Haiti’s three hundred fantastic and terrible years of independence as the world’s oldest Black Republic. As things have grown worse, the arts of Vodou, Haiti’s national religion, have grown richer, bolder, and stranger. Since the flowering of the Haitian Art Renaissance after World War II, this equation has remained constant: the worse the circumstances, the more astonishing the art.

Co-sponsored by Champlain College, with support from the Vermont Humanities Council



TALK: When the Spirit Moves Me: Music and Religion from Africa to the Americas

with Jacob Edgar, Ethnomusicologist And Music Producer

When enslaved Africans were brought to the New World, the only possessions they carried were intangible cultural expressions such as language, traditions, spiritual beliefs, dance, and music. This presentation examines the powerful role music played in maintaining African religion in the Americas, and the ways in which the interaction between African song and spirit continues to make itself heard today.

Support from the Vermont Humanities Council


TALK: Vigorous Technique, Strong Individuality: Herbert Barnett in Art Historical Context

with Andrea Rosen, Curator, Fleming Museum of Art

At a time when Abstract Expressionism was the leading art movement in America, Herbert Barnett’s landscape paintings blended influences ranging from Cubism to Renaissance and Baroque composition. Fleming curator Andrea Rosen explores Barnett’s work and demonstrates how his approach both related to and departed from the prevalent styles of his time.


TALK: Thrones of the Gods and Altars of the Soul

with Daniel Rodríguez, Obá-Oriaté Of The Santería Religion

The Afro-Atlantic religions believe that multiple beings live in the same human body. Indeed, priests of the Afro-Cuban Santería religion, also known as Regla de Ochá, bring to life the gods residing within the altars and within the devotees. Each year, on the anniversary of a Santería priest’s initiation, he or she erects an elaborate altar in celebration. In this talk, senior priest Daniel Rodríguez explains the hidden meaning and the spiritual power of the anniversary altar on display.

Support from the Vermont Humanities Council.


The Painted Word Poetry Series

with Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough is the author of Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), and Reaper (Alice James, 2017). The recipient of three Pushcart prizes and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program for thirteen years. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry. She teaches in the MFA program at UMass-Boston and directs 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online. Her fifth poetry collection, Here All Night, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.

Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of English.



PERFORMANCE: Winter’s Warm Music: A Celebration of Yuletide

Warm your heart on a chilly winter afternoon. Come listen to the University Concert Choir and Catamount Singers perform music from around the globe that has inspired and entertained countless generations. The performance, under the direction of David Neiweem, takes place in the magnificent ambiance of the Fleming Museum Marble Court.

Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of Music and Dance


TALK: Exhibiting the Sacred: Religion, Race, and Representation

with Vicki Brennan, UVM Professor of Religion and Director of UVM’s African Studies Program; and Students

How are sacred objects transformed when they enter the museum? What impact does the display of religious objects have on viewers, and how do they make sense of such objects? Professor Vicki Brennan and students from her Fall 2017 course “Exhibiting the Sacred” address these questions as they present their ethnographic research documenting the reception of the Spirited Things exhibition at the Fleming Museum.


SCHOLAR'S TOUR: Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic

Stephen Wehmeyer, Champlain College associate professor in the CORE Division, leads a gallery tour of the exhibition.