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.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Spring 2015 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


TALK: New Research on Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon

with Janie Cohen, Director of the Fleming Museum and Curator of Staring Back

Fleming Museum Director and Picasso scholar Janie Cohen discusses her new research examining the role of colonial photography in Africa on the development of Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon to be published in March.


The Painted Word Poetry Series

with Mary Jane Dickerson

Mary Jane Dickerson's book of poems, Tapping the Center of Things, was published by Tamarac Press in 2013. Her most recent book, Water Journeys in Art and Poetry, was the result of a collaboration with artist Dianne Shullenberger whose images inspired Dickerson's series, "The Language of Water" published in 2014. The Painted Word poetry series is presented under the direction of Major Jackson, the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor in UVM's Department of English, and highlights established and emerging poets.

Co-sponsored by the Fleming Museum of Art and the UVM Department of English, with support from Doris and Jerome Marksohn and the James and Mary Brigham Buckham Scholarship Fund.


PERFORMANCE: The Ethereal Sounds of the Theremin

with Jason Smeltzer

The haunting and ethereal sounds of the theremin, an unusual electronic instrument invented in 1920, are made without the performer ever touching the instrument. Jason Smeltzer performs and demonstrates how this "untouchable music" is created by moving your hands to control pitch and volume between two antennas. Held in the beautiful ambience of the Museum's Marble Court.


TALK: An Anecdotal History of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

with Beth Gersh-Nesic, Art Historian, Critic, and Curator

Beth Gersh-Nesic's talk recounts the varied responses to Demoiselles since its creation in Picasso's Bateau Lavoir studio in 1907 and its continuing influence on the work of artists today, including those represented in Staring Back.


ARTIST'S TALK: Inside Picasso's Studio

with Damian Elwes, Artist featured in Staring Back

Damian Elwes is known for the novel approach he took in a series of paintings that focused on his favorite artists' studios. For his painting of Picasso's Bateau Lavoir studio (on view in Staring Back), Elwes's extensive research (from existing photographs, contemporary accounts, and Picasso's own artwork) revealed such items as a human skull, an Iberian Stone Age head, and African sculptures. In his painting, Elwes aimed to create a portrait of Picasso's mind at a particular moment in time and to reveal all of the influences that went into the creation of Demoiselles d'Avignon.


TALK: Battlefield Surgery and Medicine in the Civil War

with Gerald S. Davis, MD and John Leppman, MD

This program demonstrates medical instruments from the Civil War, discusses available treatments, and focuses on excerpts from the illustrated casebook of Dr. Henry Janes, Regimental Surgeon of the 3rd Vermont Infantry. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Janes was placed in charge of all army field hospitals in the area.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 (part 1) - 5:00-8:00 PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 18 (part 2) - 12:00-3:00 PM

WORKSHOP: Mapping Found Sounds

with Jenn Karson, Project Collaborator on Staring Back, and Supervisor, UVM's FabLab; Griffin Jones, 2015 Electrical Engineering, UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Track the sonic footprints of Burlington and create an experiential sound map of obscured ambient noise inspired by John Cage's experiments with everyday sound. In part one of this two-part workshop, participants make a simple electronic listening device by repurposing the ubiquitous and inexpensive contact microphones (piezos) found in old cellphones, computers, and other devices. In part two, participants discover hidden sounds and contribute to the creation of a unique sound map of Burlington.

Co-sponsored by the Fleming Museum of Art and UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences' Fab Lab.

The workshop meets at UVM's FabLab in Votey 122 on the UVM campus.

Materials Fee: $25.

MONDAY, APRIL 20 - 4:30-6:30 PM

SYMPOSIUM: Nazi Looting, the Monuments Men, and Art Restitution Today

with Jonathan Petropoulus, Professor of European History, Claremont McKenna College; Victoria Reed, Curator of Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Sharon Flescher, Executive Director, International Foundation for Art Research

Organized by Kelley Di Dio and Anthony Grudin of the UVM Department of Art and Art History, this symposium brings together internationally renowned scholars and legal experts on World War II art looting and ongoing recovery and restitution issues.

Co-sponsored by UVM's Department of Art and Art History, Holocaust Studies, Humanities Center, and the Fleming Museum of Art.

The event is free, but registration is required. To register, send your name and contact information to, by April 14, 2015. The symposium takes place in Billings Library.


The Painted Word Poetry Series

with Valzhyna Mort

Valzhyna Mort is the author of two poetry collections, Factory of Tears and Collected Body. She is the recipient of the Lannan Foundation Fellowship and the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Mort currently lives in Ithaca, New York, where she teaches at Cornell University. The Painted Word poetry series is presented under the direction of Major Jackson, the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor in UVM's Department of English, and highlights established and emerging poets.

Co-sponsored by the Fleming Museum of Art and the UVM Department of English, with support from Doris and Jerome Marksohn and the James and Mary Brigham Buckham Scholarship Fund.


POETRY READING: The Vermeer Suite

with Daniel Lusk

A special evening of poetry and art featuring Danial Lusk, introducing his forthcoming collection of original work, The Vermeer Suite, inspired by the timeless masterpieces of 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Daniel Lusk's imaginative and lyrical poetry offers admirers of Vermeer a unique literary bridge between the insights of art historians and our own experience of these elegant and provocative paintings, which are projected on screen during the reading.


TALK: Vermont and the Union Victory

with Howard Coffin, Civil War historian and author

As spring arrived in 1865, the State of Vermont ratified the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. On April 2, the First Vermont Brigade led the great assault that broke the Petersburg lines and resulted in Lee's surrender at Appomattox a week later. In this talk, noted Civil War historian Howard Coffin summarizes the Vermont contribution to the Civil War.

Co-sponsored by UVM's Special Collections at Bailey-Howe Library and the Center for Research on Vermont.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 (part 1) - 5:30 - 7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 (part 2) - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

OLLI PROGRAM: Dragons, Silk, and Jade

This class focuses on the vibrant and colorful decorative art traditions of China, exploring Chinese innovation in artistic production, the hidden meanings of auspicious symbols, and the trade of luxury goods to the West. Participants experience objects from the Fleming's collection up close, including a striking Qing Dynasty dragon robe, intricate jade belt plaque, and a porcelain teapot made for export to the West. Join Christina Fearon, the Fleming's curator of education, for a conversation about China's artistic and cultural traditions.

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


SPECIAL EVENT: PechaKucha, Burlington: Volume 16

PechaKucha Night (PKN) is a worldwide phenomenon that began in 2003 in Tokyo. It offers the opportunity for a broad range of participants to present their projects, ideas, and passions at a fun, informal, and fast-paced gathering. Drawing its name from the Japanese word for the sound of "chit chat," PKN uses a quick and concise 20 x 20 presentation format that allows presenters to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Presenters describe their project as the images forward automatically.