When the Museum opened in 1931, it was hailed as "a practical place of learning — a vibrant, ongoing educational institution for both children and adults." Today, the Museum houses Vermont's most comprehensive collection of art and anthropological artifacts. It presents innovative exhibitions of contemporary and historic art from around the world, complemented by year-round programming for all ages.
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A cultural treasure prized by Vermonters and visitors for more than 80 years, the Fleming Museum is located on the campus of the University of Vermont, which, chartered in 1791, is one of the nation's oldest universities.
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.
Life in the Little City
Thursday, February 21, 12:00 PM
An ant colony is a society in miniature, with concerns both pedestrian and momentous that mirror our own: traffic jams, bucket brigades, housekeeping, childcare, neighborhoods, factions, epidemics, and massacres. The lives of ants are both foreign and familiar, and it is this juxtaposition that has made them an object of fascination for centuries. In this talk, Sara Helms Cahan (Associate Professor and Chair, UVM Department of Biology) will discuss what we can learn about universal truths of social life when we take the time to look deeply at these little creatures who rule the world.