*Fall 2019 Opening Reception*
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27  5:30-7:00PM 

/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./

*/Invitation to Pre-Opening Curatorial Tours/*

You are invited to join us before our opening reception at 4:30 PM on 
Friday, September 27 for a curatorial tour of our Fall 2019 Exhibitions. 
Curator Andrea Rosen, and Curator of Education Alice Boone will provide 
insights about the exhibitions on view.

*NOTE: *The curatorial tours are offered in place of the previously 
scheduled talk by artist Sabra Field, who is not able to join us for the 


Borrowing its title from the Charles Biasiny-Rivera piece of the same 
name, /Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul / 
photographs that explore topics of politics, social justice, identity, 
and visibility from the collection of Light Work 
nonprofit organization in Syracuse, New York, that provides direct 
support to artists working in the media of photography and digital 
imaging. The exhibition features forty-seven artists who use the medium 
of photography to express their own humanity and that of their subjects; 
to subtly comment on the social, economic, and historical forces that 
oppress us all, but especially women, queer people, and people of color; 
and above all to create images that are by turns startling, meditative, 
and thought-provoking.

TOP: Antony Gleaton, /Un hijo de Yemayá (A Child of Yemaya), Hopkins, 
Belize/, 1990. Gelatin Silver Print. Courtesy of Light Work. ABOVE (Left 
ro Right): John Edmonds, /Jordan Raising His Hand (Encounter)/, 2015. 
Inkjet Print. Courtesy of Light Work; Claire Beckett, /Marine Lance 
Corporal Joshua Stevens playing the role of a Taliban fighter. Marine 
Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, CA/, 2009. Archival Pigment 
Print. Courtesy of Light Work; Chan Chao, /Karen Rebel/, 1996. 
Chromogenic Color Print. Courtesy of Light Work 

/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.

ABOVE: Sabra Field, /Plainclothesman and Residents: Watts /from /The 
Decade Portfolio/, late 1960s. Linocut on Goya paper. Gift of the 
Pentangle Council on the Arts 1991.80.63I

/John Edmonds /
Thursday, October 3 at 5:30 PM

John Edmonds is an American artist and photographer who first came to 
public recognition with his intimate portraits of lovers, close friends, 
and strangers. His work explores themes of identity, community, and 
desire. Noted for his highly formalist photographs in which he focuses 
on the performative gestures and self-fashioning of young black men on 
the streets of America, he is a participant in the 2019 Whitney 
Biennial. In 2018, Time Magazine listed his debut monograph, /Higher/, 
as one of the top 25 Photobooks of the year. Represented by Company 
Gallery, he lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is on faculty at 
Yale University and the School of Visual Arts, NY. Edmonds will discuss 
his work in the /Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul/ exhibition.

/Sponsored by the Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts in the UVM 
Department of Art and Art History/










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