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

FEBRUARY 5 - 5:30-7:00 PM

SPRING 2014 Opening Reception

Hosted by UVM President Thomas Sullivan, Fleming Director Janie Cohen and the Fleming Museum's Board of Advisors.
Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres

FEBRUARY 12 - 6:00 PM

TALK: The Challenges Facing Contemporary Tibetan Artists

with Frank J. Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology, Boston University

Unlike in Western art, where innovation and creativity have been the guiding points for striving artists, Tibetans traditionally value copying and sameness, and innovation is seen as deviation. This proves challenging for contemporary Tibetan artists who wish to break out of the traditional mode to find self-expression in their artistic work. This talk will cover the challenges and prospects that this dilemma raises.
Co-sponsored by UVM's Asian Studies Program and Department of Religion.

FEBRUARY 19 - 12:00 PM

TALK: The Language of Drawing in the Vogel Collection

The Vogels' collection reflected a shift in artists' attitudes about drawing in which this genre was no longer seen as a practice of manual skill, but as a fully realized intellectual expression. Join this tour of the exhibition and learn about the language of drawing in the Vogel Collection.

FEBRUARY 26 - 6:00 PM

ARTIST'S TALK: Tenzing Rigdol

New York-based artist Tenzing Rigdol speaks about his work and experiences as a Tibetan artist in the United States. Rigdol often employs traditional Tibetan forms and sacred images to create artworks that call into question issues of identity, preservation, and self.

MARCH 19 - 6:00 PM

TALK: Fresh Food: An Unnatural History

with Susanne Freidberg, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Dartmouth College

Susanne Freidberg will discuss the history of freshness in food, and how the meaning of this ephemeral quality has changed along with the technologies that protect it.

MARCH 23 - 1:00 PM

PERFORMANCE: The Tibetan Association

Join us for an afternoon of Tibetan art and culture as the Tibetan Association of Vermont presents a short performance of music and dance. Migmar Tsering plays the Tibetan drumnyen (lute) and flute, and the Tibetan Association Dance Group performs traditional dance. After the performance, visitors can try a taste of momos, delicious bite-sized dumplings.

MARCH 26 - 6:00 PM

ARTIST'S TALK: Herb Vogel: Master Collector

with artist Richard Tuttle

Since the mid-1960s, Richard Tuttle has embraced an improvisational approach to artmaking using everyday, often ephemeral, materials to craft intimate and subtle objects that exist in the space between painting, sculpture, poetry, assemblage, and drawing. Tuttle became close friends with the Vogels who built the largest collection of his work.

APRIL 9-16 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Daily

SPECIAL EVENT: Sand Mandala Painting

Over a period of one week, two Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Namgyal Monastery will meticulously create a sand mandala of the Buddha of Compassion in the Museum's Marble Court. Upon completion, the sand mandala -a circular painting made from colored grains of sand- will be cast into a body of water, in a gesture that symbolizes the impermanence of existence and the ideal of non-attachment to the material world. The public can watch the construction of the mandala during Museum hours and is invited to join us for the dismantling of the mandala in the Marble Court on Wednesday, April 16, at 5 PM.

MAY 7 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

OLLI PROGRAM: Anonymity and Self-Expression in Tibetan Art

In traditional Tibetan culture, art was created to support the transmission of Buddhist culture to the community; however, in Tibet's current cultural and political landscape, art is becoming a vital medium of self-expression. Join Christina Fearon, the Fleming Museum's curator of education, for an in-depth tour and conversation about the Fleming exhibition Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art.
This special program is a collaboration between the Fleming Museum of Art and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). To register, contact OLLI.

MAY 13 - 5:00 - 6:30 PM

SPECIAL EVENT: The Dinner Table

Chefs Cynthia Belliveau, UVM Food Systems faculty, and Molly Stevens, award-winning cookbook author, explore the rituals and delights of communal dining as they prepare a small tasting menu in celebration of the season. Enjoy the pleasures of the table with good food and conversation in the Fleming Museum's beautiful Marble Court.
Fee: $15 per person. Space is limited. Register by email to

MAY 30 - 6:00 PM

FILM: Tibet in Song

Director and musicologist Ngawang Choephel presents his film Tibet in Song. Winner of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, among many other awards, the film weaves a story of beauty, pain, brutality, and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film. The beauty of traditional Tibetan folk music is showcased through a variety of songs about work, family, and the beauty of the land. These rarely seen performances are deftly juxtaposed against startling footage of the early days of the Chinese invasion and a concise explanation of the factors leading to the Dalai Lama's flight into exile in 1959. Choephel sets the stage for a unique exploration of the Chinese impact on Tibetans inside Tibet. (90 min.)