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F Is For Failure: Art Show Tonight

F is for failure poster

Tonight, three Middlebury artists— Dylan Redford ’15Robbie Seltzer ’15, and Sally Caruso ‘15.5—will open a collaborative show at the M Gallery. The show will include new work in painting, video, and photography, as well as a joint performance piece. The performance will also feature August Rosenthal ’17 of the Otter Nonsense Players.

We’ve heard rumors that there will be pie in some capacity.

Date: TONIGHT (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM. Performance begins at 8:30 sharp. 
Place: M Gallery (in the Old Stone Mill Building, above Storm Café)

TONIGHT: Room 404 Issue 3 Release

404 Issue 3 Release Party Poster


Interdisciplinary publication Room 404 releases its third issue tonight.

Nick Smaller ’14 and Hubert Adjei-Kontoh ’14 to spin jazz/funk vinyl.

Food by the Co-Op.

Contributors to this issue include: Kate Leib ’16, Stephanie Roush ’14, Maddie Dai ’14, Dylan Otterbein ’16, Sally Caruso ‘15.5, Sam Tolzmann ‘14.5, Izzy Ocampo ’14

WHEN: TONIGHT (Thursday), 8:30
WHERE: Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House
WHY: Copious free food, chillin’ on the porch of Solar D in the balmy nighttime, all your friends (bring them), Estonian synth-funk from the 80s? Also there’s this publication.

Room 404: The Problem With Public Art At Middlebury

Interdisciplinary publication Room 404 is releasing its third issue this Thursday (facebook event here). In anticipation of the release, 404 and Middbeat teamed up to publish this article by Sally Caruso ‘15.5. It comes on the heels of a recent post about the use of public space on campus. Here’s to what you didn’t know, but definitely should know, about the art that defines our public space at Middlebury.

In 1983, Vito Acconci, a world-renowned architect, sculptor and performance artist, taught at Middlebury as a Cameron Visiting Artist during J-term. While here, he designed his first permanent structure, Way Station, which was installed alongside a path near Ross Dining Hall. The piece (right) was created as a private study chamber, and was intended as a place for introspection and contemplation.

[Selfies at the reconstruction of Way Station]

[Selfies at the reconstruction of Way Station]

Sally Acconci Selfie Mirror










Way Station, Middlebury’s second piece of public art, caused an immediate uproar— students thought it was an ugly interruption to the landscape. People spat and shat and fucked on it until, ultimately, the piece was firebombed during the 1985 Commencement ceremony, resulting in its permanent destruction and removal.

In the thirty years since the Acconci incident, Middlebury has developed one of the largest and most prestigious public art collections of any small college in the country. The administration likes to brag about this, and rightfully so. What goes unsaid, however, is that public art at Middlebury was, in a sense, born out of the destruction of Way Station. Way Station’s defacement became the impetus for the administration to create a serious public art collection at Middlebury. At the same time, the lasting memory of the controversy over and vandalizing of Acconci’s piece has led the administration to ensure that the art on our campus is particularly conservative and nothing that might incite another embarrassing, Accocni-like fiasco. Our public art, which is to say our public space, is defined largely by an event that took place thirty years ago, and which the student body had almost no knowledge of until this past fall when Way Station reemerged behind the Center for the Arts.

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If You’re A Misogynist, Then I’m A Masochist (performance art, TONIGHT)


Maisie Ogata ’14, perhaps Middlebury’s most prolific performance artist, will perform two new pieces at M Gallery tonight. 

Maisie writes in her artist statement:

“I make work that makes me uncomfortable. My work is self involved and a bit obsessive. It’s messy. It’s ugly. It’s probably boring to a lot of people. It’s pathetic. It won’t let go. And it’s a bit crazy.”

Maisie’s work is almost guaranteed to make you uncomfortable. Her pieces tend to be raw and unforgiving. Discomfort, on the part of the artist and the viewer, make her performances refreshing and engaging. She avoids pretension, I think, by acknowledging that her work is self-involved not covering up her own discomfort while she performs. Her pieces feel direct and honest, and that makes them worth seeing.

Guaranteed you will not find a performance like this often on Middlebury campus. In four years at Middlebury, I have never seen something in the realm of Maisie’s work.

Date: TONIGHT (Thursday, March 13)
Time: 8 PM
Place: M Gallery (in the same building as Storm Café/The Old Stone Mill)
To be expected: Cheese, nudity

Get A Radio Show on WRMC 91.1 FM (tonight)


Tonight is the night (the only night) to get a radio show on WRMC 91.1 FM Middlebury College Radio. The semesterly WRMC DJ sign-up meeting is upon us. To get a radio show, you must attend the meeting, whether you’ve had a show in the past or not. (WRMC notes that if you absolutely can’t make it, you can email [email protected] to make a special arrangement).

Below, check out a listenable version of the playlist on the poster.

Date: Thursday, Feb 13th
Time: 9 PM
Place: McCullough Social Space

Middbeat Premiere: A New Short Film by Dylan Redford

We’re excited to premiere the latest short film by Dylan Redford ’14. We don’t want to say too much. Maybe we should mention that it includes what could be called a pornographic scene. Let us know what you think in the comments.

After the jump, check out Redford’s previous film, How’s Everything, from the Fall 2012 Sight and Sound 2 class. While these two films are stylistically very different, they seem to share strong themes.

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Ally Silberkleit ‘13.5 Thesis Art Show


Ally Silberkleit ‘13.5, who has created some of the most compelling and well-crafted pieces to come out of Midd’s studio art program in recent years, is showing her thesis work in Johnson on Thursday afternoon.

To see some of Ally’s past work, check out a Baltimore (her new hometown) art blog’s coverage of her Fall 2013 M Gallery show here.

Virginia Yarboro ’14Sally Caruso ‘15.5 and Dylan Otterbein ’16 will also have new work on display in Johnson, including video, sculpture, and painting.

Date: Thursday, 1/30
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Johnson Pit Space
Free Food: Carrot cake, rice crispy treats, spring rolls, much cheese


Studio Art Senior Show (right now!)

The Studio Art Department’s senior exhibit opening is happening right now in Johnson, and will continue until 7:30. Check out thesis work by:

Hannah King ’13
Annie Ulrich ’13
Evio Isaac ’13

As always with these sorts of things, there’s sure to be some free food.

If you don’t make it to the opening, the show will be up for the next few days.


Studio Art Show Monday (tonight) 7PM

JohnJohn Show

Tonight (Monday), Sanford Mirling’s Advanced Studio Art class will present their independent work in the Johnson Pit Space, starting at 7PM. Expect performance, video, 3D and 2D pieces.

We’ve followed this class’s work over the course of the semester (they had a separate show up for the spring symposium), and we’re expecting tonight to feature some of the more radical and exciting stuff to come out of Midd’s Studio Art department in a while. If you make it to Johnson once this semester, this is probably the night you want to be there.

Also, some of the posters around have noted that the opening will feature “chicks” with power tools. seems worth noting.

There will be free pizza, doughnuts, coca cola and other drinks.

Works by:

Dylan Redford (video begins at: 7:00)
Hannah King
Maddie Dai
Maisie Ogata
Spencer Brown
Sophia Gubernick
Annie Ulrich
Evio Isaac
Ally Silberkleit

Alpenglow + A Smorgasbord Of Other Cool Shit: Tommorow in Johnson Pit

alpenglow poster

Tomorrow night (Friday), Alpenglow (campus folk-rock celebs) will headline a show in the Johnson Pit Space that will include multimedia collaboration with DJs, visual artists, and filmmakers.

Here’s the rundown:

– A site-specific, full room art installation, designed specifically for the show, by Robbie Seltzer.
Projections by Dylan Redford and Moss Turpan.
DJ sets inbetween acts and for the post-show afterparty, including J. Hunter and a special guest TBA.
– Will Cuneo and his band will open.
– Alpenglow will play NEW SONGS.

– Alpenglow is giving away free merch for tonight’s show only.
– There will be two fog machines.
– There will be FOOD.

And everything is free. 

WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday), 9PM
WHERE: Johnson Pit Space
WHY: You’ll never see Alpenglow like this again, and we’ve never seen a multimedia collab quite like this before at Midd.