• Detail of Sabra Field's Plainclothesman and Residents: Watts from The Decade Portfolio, late 1960s.

  • Guerrilla Girls Poster, 1988-1989

  • Detail of Diego Rivera's The Open Air School (Escuela al Aire Libre), 1932

  • Detail of Pablo Picasso's Dream and Lie of Franco I and II, 1937

September 27 – December 13, 2019

The Fleming Museum's Fall Opening Reception is Friday, September 27. Curatorial tours of the exhibition will begin at 4:30pm with the reception starting at 5:30pm. Hosted by University of Vermont Provost Patricia Prelock, Fleming Director Janie Cohen, and the Museum’s Board of Advisors. With cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and music.


“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”— Elie Wiesel

RESIST! INSIST! PERSIST! explores the intersection of art and activism. Drawn primarily from the Fleming Museum’s collection, the exhibition features the work of historical and contemporary artists who have countered adversity and hardship with empowerment and expression. This show was curated by UVM students in the Fall 2018 class Art History 282: Museum Studies, taught by Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Professor of Art History and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Art has always had the power to evoke a strong emotional response from viewers. As it became easier and cheaper to produce and circulate art in prints and photographs, artists seized the opportunity to spread imagery that gives voice to marginalized groups and brings injustices to light.

Artists in the exhibition include Francisco de Goya, William Hogarth, Pablo Picasso, Lewis Hine, Diego Rivera, the Guerrilla Girls, Kara Walker, Alison Saar, Glenn Ligon, Sabra Field, and Mildred Beltré, among others. Their subjects range from racial violence, to state oppression, to the underrepresentation of women in the art world, and more.

The show’s student curators write: “In investigating these issues, we will encounter some controversial and distressing images and ideas, but we must not shrink from them. As citizens of this messy world, we have a duty to address our past, ugly as it might be, and use what we learn to shape a better future for ourselves and those who succeed us.”


Alison Saar's "Blue Plate Special," 1993

Detail of Alison Saar's "Blue Plate Special," 1993

Alison Saar (American, born 1956), Blue Plate Special, 1993. Woodcut, chine collé and three-dimensional collage on paper. Museum Purchase, Way Fund  1997.7.1

Larger version of Blue Plate Special (PDF)

Francisco De Goya's What a Golden Beak! (Que Pico De Oro!), No. 53 from Caprices (Los Caprichos), 1797-1799

Detail of Francisco De Goya's "What a Golden Beak!," 1797-1799

Francisco De Goya (Spanish, 1746-1828), What a Golden Beak! (Que Pico De Oro!), No. 53 from Caprices (Los Caprichos), 1797-1799. Etching and burnished aquatint on laid paper. Gift of Henry Schnakenberg  1945.2.42

Larger version of What a Golden Beak! (PDF)

Jerry Kearns' "American Noir," from "10: Artist as Catalyst," 1992

Detail of Jerry Kearns' "American Noir," 1992

Jerry Kearns (American, born 1943), American Noir, from 10: Artist as Catalyst, 1992. Screen print on paper. Museum Purchase, Way Fund  1993.11.6

Larger version of American Noir (PDF)

Kara Walker's "Testimony," 2005

Detail of Kara Walker's "Testimony," 2005

Kara Walker (American, born 1969), Testimony, 2005. Photogravure on paper. Museum Purchase, Way Fund  2006.7.1

Larger version of Testimony (PDF)


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A diverse and exciting schedule of programming accompanies this exhibition



Fall 2019 Opening Reception

Friday, September 27, 5:30-7:00 PM

Hosted by Fleming Director Janie Cohen, and the Museum’s Board of Advisors

Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and music

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