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    Katia Santibañez (American, b. 1964 France) and James Siena (American, b. 1957), Fourhand Choker, 2018 (detail). Reduction woodcut in 7 colors. 16 x 12 inches, Edition of 22. Museum purchase, Way Fund, 2020.8

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    Leonora Carrington (British, active Mexico, 1917-2011), Untitled, no date (detail). Lithograph. 18 x 22 ¾ inches. Gift of Julian and Elsa Waller. © 2021 Estate of Leonora Carrington / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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    Takuji Hamanaka (American, b. 1968 Japan), Deflection, 2016 (detail). Mokuhanga (collaged woodblock print). 32 1/8 x 25 1/8 inches. Museum purchase, Way Fund, 2020.3

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    Larry Rivers (American 1923-2002), Holly Woodlawn, 1971 (detail). Graphite on paper. 6 3⁄4 x 8 1⁄4 inches. Bequest of J. Brooks Buxton. © 2021 Estate of Larry Rivers / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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    Sanford Biggers (American, b. 1970), The Pasts They Brought with Them, from The Floating World series, 2013 (detail). Paper collage and silkscreen with hand-coloring. 27 1/2 x 24 inches. Museum purchase, Way Fund, 2020.6

 

September 14 - December 10, 2021

This fall, the Fleming Museum is “showing our work” by exhibiting itself in a state of transformation and change, with listening to visitors at the center of that work. It is messy and vulnerable to work in public. Learning how to improvise and adapt—haven’t we all done so much of that these past 18 months?

Yet artists have always found a rich vein in that radical openness to documenting experiments and showing work in process. These experiments lead to collaborations. They lead to reflection and storytelling about the ups and downs of the creative process. They lead to change. The Learning Studio is a space for creating conversations with art and artists who inspire us to embrace this opportunity for working and learning in public. The Fleming staff have begun recording our own inspirations to think about change with these artworks; we invite visitors to add to these conversations.

The Learning Studio is born of improvisation, as we adapted an exhibitions gallery into a socially-distanced place for classes to meet during the 2020-21 school year. That improvisation led to a realization about how much we wanted to adapt such a space for people to gather and look at art together, in classes, in intimate conversations, in creative programs. You will see the large learning space change every day, as different groups of people gather to talk about art and material culture from the Museum’s collection. Any conversation could spark more changes as we learn from our audiences about what the Museum can become.

Support for this installation is provided by the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Fund, the Walter Cerf Exhibitions Fund, and the Vermont Arts Council.

 

Shahzia Sikander's "Naga," 2007

Naga by Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia Sikander (American, b. 1969 Pakistan), Naga, 2007 (detail). Photogravure and gold leaf. 29 ¾ x 22 7/8 inches. Museum Purchase, 2020.9

Manuel Ocampo's "The Compensatory Motif in the Libidinal Economy of a Painter's Bad Inconscience," 2001

Manuel Ocampo's "The Compensatory Motif in the Libidinal Economy of a Painter's Bad Inconscience," 2001

Manuel Ocampo (Filipino, b. 1965), The Compensatory Motif in the Libidinal Economy of a Painter's Bad Inconscience, 2001 (detail). Lithograph with chine collé. 30 × 22 inches

Larry Rivers' "Holly Woodlawn," 1971

Larry Rivers' "Holly Woodlawn," 1971

Larry Rivers (American 1923-2002), Holly Woodlawn, 1971 (detail) Graphite on paper. 6 3⁄4 x 8 1⁄4 inches. Bequest of J. Brooks Buxton. © 2021 Estate of Larry Rivers / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Katia Santibañez and James Siena's "Fourhand Choker," 2018

Katia Santibañez and James Siena's "Fourhand Choker," 2018

Katia Santibañez (American, b. 1964 France) and James Siena (American, b. 1957), Fourhand Choker, 2018 (detail). Reduction woodcut in 7 colors. 16 x 12 inches, Edition of 22. Museum purchase, Way Fund, 2020.8

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This exhibition is part of The Fleming Reimagined. To learn more about our institutional transformation efforts please read our priorities statement.

 

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