The Museum’s calendar of events features a wide variety of programs including lectures, guided tours, artists’ talks, school programs, films, symposia, workshops, and special events year-round.
Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Fleming Museum and are included with regular admission.
TALK: Being—and Thinking—with Birds
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 - 12:00 PM
With Gwendolyn Causer, educator at Audubon Vermont; Trish O’Kane, Lecturer in Environmental Science; and Luis Vivanco, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Humanities Center
UVM Professor of Anthropology Luis Vivanco describes birds as “good to think with” as we consider our relationship with the natural world and with other species. Vivanco will moderate a conversation with Audubon Vermont educator Gwendolyn Causer and Trish O’Kane, who directs the Birding to Change the World program at UVM, who will each discuss how they facilitate educational opportunities to learn about birds. Vivanco will draw on his own ethnographic research on the symbolic role of birds in environmental movements and historical research on the representation of birds, especially penguins, in wildlife films.
OPENING RECEPTION: Spring 2020 Exhibitions
FRIDAY, February 7 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM
4:30-5:30PM: Tours of the exhibitions
5:30-7:00PM: Costume Art Ball
Hosted by UVM Provost Patricia Prelock, Fleming Director Janie Cohen, and the Museum’s Board of Advisors
Cocktail bar, hors d’oeuvres, and live music
TALK: A Love Letter to Process
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 - 6:00 PM
With Wylie Garcia
Wylie Garcia investigates themes of identity and place through process and material-oriented projects. Using cross disciplinary mediums such as textiles, painting, drawing, sound, and performance, Garcia explores issues related to gender, devotion, and emotional spaces. Garcia has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In 2019, she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. She is also the winner of the 2016 Barbara Smail Fellowship and Award from Burlington City Arts and the winner of a 2016 Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows across the U.S. and she has held residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, among others. She will speak about her work currently on view in the Fleming’s Contemporary Voices of Vermont exhibition, Toast Can Never Be Bread Again (2016).
OPEN ART STUDIO: Animal Fashion Plates and Cryptozoological Bestiaries
TUESDAY, 2/25, through FRIDAY, 2/28 - 10:00-2:00 PM
The Fleming’s artmaking studio will be open for families and any other visitors during the Vermont K-12 mid-winter recess. Get inspired by the Animal Transformations and Let’s Have a Ball spring exhibitions to make mixed media cryptozoological specimens and animal-inspired paper doll fashion fit for a masquerade ball.
PAINTED WORD POETRY SERIES: Joshua Bennett and Penelope Cray
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 - 6:00 PM
Dr. Joshua Bennett is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth. He is the author of The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016)—which was a National Poetry Series winner and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award—Owed (Penguin, 2020), and Being Property Once Myself (Harvard University Press, 2020), winner of the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize. Bennett earned his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, MIT, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His first work of narrative nonfiction, Spoken Word: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Knopf.
Penelope Cray’s Miracles Come on Mondays was selected by Kazim Ali for the 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose. Cray’s poems and short fiction have appeared in Harvard Review, New England Review, Bartleby Snopes, elimae, Pleiades, and American Letters & Commentary and in the anthology Please Do Not Remove (2014). She lives in Vermont.
TALK: Safiya Wazir
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 - 12:00 PM
Safiya Wazir is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where she has served since 2018. She will speak about her experiences as the first former refugee to serve in the New Hampshire statehouse. She and her family fled Afghanistan when she was a child, moving first to Uzbekistan and then to Concord, New Hampshire.
OPENING THE VAULTS: Animal Transformations from the Fleming’s Collections
SATURDAY, MARCH 21 - 1:00-3:00 PM
As an enticement to explore not only the spring exhibition Animal Transformations, but also the Fleming’s new online collections database, we will be bringing out of storage some of the ethnographic and art objects made of and for animals from the Fleming’s rich collection. Here’s your chance to see some of the objects that are rarely on view, and to appreciate the thoughtful curatorial work that Museum Anthropology student curators performed in selecting and researching objects for the Animal Transformations exhibition on view in the European and American gallery annex.
ARTIST'S TALK: Misoo
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 - 6:00 PM
Misoo Filan was born in the Bronx, NY, and moved to Korea when she was a year old. She spent her childhood there, returning to the United States when she was 18. She began painting self-portraits upon her return, as a means of expressing her emotions. She will discuss her work on view in the Fleming’s Contemporary Voices of Vermont, The Giant Asian Girl – Misoo 4 (2014). A self-portrait, the painting is also part of her series The Giant Asian Girls, which contemplates the intersection of gender-based violence and racial stereotypes of Asian women living in the United States. Free of oppression and physically dominating their surroundings, they seem at ease and in control of their environments. Misoo received her MFA from Florida Atlantic University in painting in 2014. She lives in South Burlington, VT, and continues to exhibit, speak about her work, and attend artists’ residencies around the world.
PERFORMANCE: Pictures at an Exhibition: The Fleming Museum
SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - 1:00PM
With David Neiweem, UVM Professor of Music
University Organist David Neiweem brings the Klop pipe organ to the Marble Court to perform a program featuring music reflecting the style periods of works from the Fleming Museum of Art. The program features music inspired by works from the permanent collection, as well as from the exhibition Let’s Have a Ball, when modernist painters like Wood Gaylor staged elaborate parties featuring eclectic, experimental modern music.
COLLECTOR'S TALK: Kevin Sudeith
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 - 6:00 PM
Kevin Sudeith is an artist and collector who began studying and collecting Afghan war rugs in the mid-1990s. His collection is the basis for Warp, and he will speak about how his thoughts on how the rugs have changed over the course of his collecting career, how war rugs relate to historical regional rug designs, how the imagery changed after September 11 with the onset of the overt American war in Afghanistan, as well as how military-technological changes appear on the rugs.
OPEN ART STUDIO: Vermont History Day
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 - 12:00 - 4:00 PM
In honor of Vermont History Day taking place at the Davis Center, the Fleming Museum will offer free admission. Visit the open art studio and make colorful, creative map collage art inspired by Warp, the Fleming’s exhibition of Afghan war rugs, which were originally inspired by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti’s arazzi, or world map textiles embroidered by Afghan craftswomen.
See this link for more information on the statewide event for Vermont students
SYMPOSIUM: "Let’s Have a Ball" Symposium on Wood Gaylor’s Art, Life and Influence
FRIDAY, APRIL 17 - 12:00 PM
With Andrea Rosen, Curator, and Christine Isabelle Oaklander, Art Historian
Christine Isabelle Oaklander has thirty-four years of scholarly and market expertise in art history. Oaklander will share her scholarship on The Penguin, a highly important independent art organization in New York City, in which Wood Gaylor played a leadership role. Not only do many of the Gaylor paintings in Let’s Have a Ball depict Penguin events, but the organization played a major role in promoting both American and European modernist art at a time when support of experimental art in the U.S. was severely limited.
Wood Gaylor’s life story had a significant impact on his artistic development, but it has never fully been told before. Fleming curator Andrea Rosen will illuminate Gaylor’s biography and the ways it impacted the development of his distinctive style and subject matter. Examples include the ways his full-time work as a dress pattern designer encouraged him to focus on outline, and his experimentation with a variety of styles, techniques, and mediums following the 1913 Armory Show.
OPEN ART STUDIO: "Animal Transformations"
TUESDAY, 4/21, through FRIDAY, 4/24 - 10:00-2:00 PM
The Fleming’s artmaking studio will be open for families and any other visitors during the Vermont K-12 spring recess. Visit the open art studio and make weavings and jewelry inspired by the Fleming’s Animal Transformations spring exhibition.
PERFORMANCE: Women on the Walls
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 - 5:30 PM
With Mickenzie Zadworny ’20, Senior undergraduate majoring in English and Dance
Inspired by early-twentieth-century dance styles and Wood Gaylor’s artwork from the Let’s Have a Ball exhibition, Mickenzie Zawodny ’20 will be exploring movement, music, and language in her capstone dance choreography and performance project, staged in the Marble Court. The all-female cast will bring to life to the women on the walls in this site-specific response to art and space, as the dancers’ movements will be inspired by the shapes depicted in Gaylor’s paintings.
GUIDED TOUR: Tour of "Let’s Have a Ball" and "Warp"
SATURDAY, APRIL 25 - 1:00 PM
Enjoy a private tour of the Fleming Museum’s spring 2020 special exhibitions, Let’s Have a Ball and Warp, led by Curator of Education and Public Programs Alice Boone.
This program is a collaboration between the Fleming Museum and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
With Sarah Rogers, visiting professor, Department of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College
In addition to her teaching work at Middlebury College, Sarah Rogers is a founding member and president-elect of the Association of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA). She will speak about the changing meanings of the Afghan war rugs, which began as a project by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti to design textile world maps that were sewn and embroidered by Afghan craftswomen in the 1970s. Afghan weavers adapted the imagery for their own uses in response to military conflicts with the Soviet Union and later the United States, and the rugs became collector’s items for Westerners. Rogers’ lens on to contemporary visual culture and Orientalism will allow her to consider conceptions of artistic originality, craftsmanship, and collective authorship.
PAINTED WORD POETRY SERIES: Sonia Sanchez
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 - 6:00 PM
Poet. Mother. Professor. International lecturer on Black culture and literature, women’s liberation, peace and racial justice. Sponsor of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Board Member of MADRE. Sonia Sanchez is the author of over twenty books, among them: Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman, A Sound Investment and Other Stories, Homegirls and Handgrenades, and Morning Haiku. The recipient of many awards including the Frost Medal from The Poetry Society of America, Wallace Stevens Award from The Academy of American Poets, and the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement award, Sanchez is celebrated for elevating language, its musicality and truth-telling possibilities, and for over half-a-century, purposing her imaginative art to address human rights issues and concerns. Sanchez is professor emeritus at Temple University.
TALK: Style on Display: A Conversation about Florine Stettheimer and Wood Gaylor
THURSDAY, MAY 5 - 12:00 PM
With Heather Hole, Associate Professor of Art History at Simmons University, and Andrea Rosen, Fleming Curator
The return of Florine Stettheimer’s Portrait of Louis Bernheimer (1923) to the Fleming presents a unique opportunity to consider her work in conversation with Wood Gaylor, in particular, their relationships with the New York avant garde and interests in window department displays and fashion illustration. Heather Hole’s research examines the forgotten exhibition spaces of early twentieth-century New York, including the cutting-edge modern art gallery in Wanamaker’s department store in which both Florine Stettheimer and Wood Gaylor showed their work. Dr. Hole is a former curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Luis Calderin, Director of Youth and Audience Engagement at XQ Institute