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Small Worlds: Miniatures in Contemporary Art
Small Worlds explores the ways contemporary artists use miniatures to inspire awe, whimsy, and even dread. These artists either create or employ found miniature figures, rooms, and landscapes, displaying them through photographs or sculptures. The resulting scenes, reminiscent of our childhood play-things, can recall in us that sense of wonder for the world around us, but also call our attention to the dark forces hidden beneath the seduction of the small.
Miniatures—small versions of real-world objects—can be found the world over and throughout time. What is the appeal, seemingly universal, of seeing something familiar made small? What functions do miniatures serve? This exhibition will explore these questions using a wide range of objects from the Fleming Museum’s global collection.
Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 PM
When Damascus-born Mohamad Hafez was an undergraduate architecture student, unable to visit home under the terms of his student visa, he began constructing miniature recreations of Syrian façades to combat his homesickness. Now his models represent the destruction wrought by the Syrian Civil War, as well as signs of life and hope. Hafez will give a talk on his work, followed by a conversation with Fleming curator Andrea Rosen and Pablo Bose, UVM Gund Fellow and Associate Professor of Geography.