Opening Reception this Friday


Fall 2019 Opening Reception


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 evening.





Borrowing its title from the Charles Biasiny-Rivera piece of the same name, Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul features photographs that explore topics of politics, social justice, identity, and visibility from the collection of Light Work—a 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


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.


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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