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.



SEPTEMBER 2018




FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

FALL 2018 OPENING RECEPTION:

Hosted by UVM President Thomas Sullivan, Fleming Director Janie Cohen and the Fleming Museum's Board of Advisors

Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz music



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 4:00 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Anthropological Perspectives on Home

with with John Crock, UVM Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of UVM’s Consulting Archaeology Program; Jess Robinson, State Archaeologist, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and Lecturer, UVM Anthropology Department; and Jonah Steinberg, UVM Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of UVM’s Global Studies Program

This discussion highlights anthropological and archaeological perspectives on what makes a home. Panelists consider what objects of material culture, stories, and other traces of occupation from communities in historical Vermont, the Caribbean, and the itinerant Romani people of Europe, can tell us about the diverse ways that people create a home. Moderated by Professor Jennifer Dickinson, UVM Anthropology Department.

This program is part of Vermont Archaeology Week.




THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 6:00 PM

The Painted Word Poetry Series

with Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly; Horse in the Dark (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize, 2016) and Forest Primeval (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Best American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. Francis is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of English




OCTOBER 2018




WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 - 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE: Falling Downstairs

Choreographer and dancer Polly Motley performs her viscerally compelling solo Falling Downstairs on the grand staircase in the Marble Court. In this work Motley is elegant and risky, her movements awkward yet meticulously placed. This piece elicits in the viewer a desire and appetite for the inevitable. A new work choreographed by Motley for UVM dance students inspired by the dress, attitudes, and aspirations of the Victorian era is also performed.

Co-sponsored by UVM’s Humanities Center and the Lattie F. Coor Endowment, and UVM’s Department of Music and Dance, with support from UVM’s Department of History



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 - 12:00 PM

TALK: Patterns for American Womanhood: Magazines, Race, and Gender in 19th-century America

with Mary Lou Kete, Professor, UVM Department Of English

This talk examines the role of women—as readers, authors, and editors—in making the magazine one of the most important sources that defined how to be a woman and an American. In the years before the Civil War, the magazine had helped white women redefine notions of femininity and to claim a right to help fashion American values. In the aftermath of the war and Reconstruction, black women turned to the magazine to further their project of Racial Uplift by providing models for black American womanhood.



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 - 7:00 PM at the UVM Alumni House

The Painted Word Poetry Series

with Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds is the author of eleven volumes of poetry. Her numerous honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first collection, Satan Says (1980); and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living (1983). More recently, Stag’s Leap (2012), won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In 2016 she received the Wallace Stevens Award, given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University and the writing workshop she helped found at a 900-bed state hospital for the severely disabled.

NOTE: Takes place at the UVM Alumni House during the Burlington Book Festival. Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of English



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 - 6:00 PM

TALK: Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s

with Marilyn Friedman, Design Historian

In this illustrated talk, Marilyn F. Friedman introduces her new book Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s, which chronicles the evolution of modern interior design in the United States during the 1930s. Friedman discusses interiors by such design luminaries as Donald Deskey, Cedric Gibbons, Eleanor Le Maire, and William Lescaze. The interiors span the economic spectrum, from those created for wealthy patrons to those designed with affordability in mind.
Reception to follow the talk.



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 - 6:00 PM

The Painted Word Poetry Series

with Sidney Wade

Sidney Wade’s seventh collection of poems, Bird Book, was published in September 2017. She has taught workshops in Poetry and Translation at the University of Florida’s MFA@FLA program for 23 years. Her translation with Efe Murad of selected poems of Melih Cevdet Anday (2017) won the Meral Divitci Prize. She served as poetry editor for the literary journal Subtropics for many years, and her poems and translations have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including Poetry, The New Yorker, Grand Street, The Paris Review, as well as many other literary publications.

NOTE: Takes place in the Jost Room at the UVM Davis Center
Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of English




FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 - 3:00 PM

SPECIAL PROGRAM: A Taste of Nepal

with Nurbu Sherpa of Sherpa Foods

Momos—a Nepalese dumpling filled with minced meat or vegetables and served with a sauce—are a favorite Nepali food evocative of home. In this program, Nurbu Sherpa of Sherpa Foods demonstrates how to roll the dough, add the filling, and shape and seal the dumpling before steaming. Join us to learn more and sample this tasty treat from Nepal!



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 - 12:00 PM

TALK: At Home with the World: Globalization, Fashion, and the 19th-Century Home

with Abigail McGowan, Associate Professor, UVM Department of History

Snug parlors, lavishly ornamented bonnets, and cozy cottages: although all evoke particularly EuroAmerican ideals and experiences, all were equally influenced by global forces. In this talk, McGowan explores the global ideas, products, fashions, and styles shaping home lives in the nineteenth century.



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 - 6:00 PM

SPECIAL EVENT: Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium

A festival of comic arts in the Fleming’s Marble Court, where you can meet the artists and see their work, plus discussion panels including comics legends Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing, Tyrant), and other special guests.

Visit www.vermontfolklifecenter.org for more information.



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 - 6:00 PM

SPECIAL TALK: PUSH/PUSHBACK — 9 Steps to Make a Difference with Art and Activism

with the Guerrilla Girls on Tour

Donna Kaz was an aspiring actress until she pulled a gorilla mask over her head and became Aphra Behn of the Guerrilla Girls. Guerrilla Girls on Tour are feminist activist artists dedicated to generating a conversation about the current state of women in the arts. In this humorous and enlightening interactive talk, Aphra Behn details how the actions of one person can push against the status quo. The talk culminates in a motivational step-by-step conclusion to inspire audience members to think of themselves as citizen artists who have the power to change the world!
Free admission. Co-sponsored with the UVM Women’s Center.

NOTE: There is a free related workshop on Monday, October 29, from 6-8:30 pm at The Galleries at The Hive Studios, 420 Pine Street in Burlington’s South End Arts District. To register and for more information, contact Jen Berger at: jb4pax@yahoo.com



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 - 12:00 PM

TALK: Home Porches as Thresholds of Social Engagement

with Thomas Visser, Professor, UVM History Department, and Director, UVM Historic Preservation Program

Porches, whether simple or grand, are emblematic of openness, leisure, and welcome. As transitional zones between the private and public realms, these spaces have spawned and supported highly nuanced social rituals and significant cultural traditions. This talk takes a historical look at the symbolic and functional qualities of porches, and examines how porches in their many forms have evolved in the United States and Canada.




NOVEMBER 2018




WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - 6:00 PM

TALK: Domestic Designs: The Evolution of the American Home

with Devin Colman, State Architectural Historian, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

When was the last time someone included a "buttery" in their new house? What was a "buttery" and why don’t we have them anymore? Examining the design of houses and the spaces they contain can reveal the cultural, technological, and societal norms of the day. In this talk, Devin Colman explores the evolution of the single-family home in the United States and how cultural traditions and material goods influence the design, layout, and use of our domestic spaces.

with support from the UVM Historic Preservation Program



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 - 12:00 PM

TALK: Dressing the Part: What Women’s Clothing Revealed in the Victorian Age When Women Were Supposed to Keep Silent

with Martin Thaler, Professor, UVM Department of Theatre

Join Martin Thaler, costume designer and costume historian, on a journey back through time as he unravels the mystery of the question, “Why would they wear that?!” What was beneath the cumbersome, confining, yet beautiful dress of the Victorian woman? At a time when a woman’s role in society largely reflected the status of her husband, fashion was the great communicator of the day. This talk takes you into the dressing room of a Victorian woman, where you’ll learn the importance of each layer of clothing—from corsets to crinolines—as contemporary college students are transformed into upper-class Victorian ladies.



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - 6:00 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Imagining Home

What kind of structure would a person experiencing homelessness create to meet their housing needs? Interested in seeing what design ideas would emerge from opening up a dialogue between prominent architects and community members living with homelessness, artist Alison Cannon facilitated interviews that brought the two together and resulted in designs for unique and varied dwellings. Come learn more about this project (funded by a BCA Community Fund Grant) and the living spaces that were created as architects collaborated with those who would be served by the resulting design.

Co-sponsored by AIA Vermont, UVM’s Humanities Center and the Lattie F. Coor Endowment; with support from UVM’s Center for Research on Vermont




DECEMBER 2018




SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

MUSIC 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.

Free Admission. Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of Music and Dance