The rumors are true! There is currently an amazing street art exhibit up at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Today at 4:30 there will be a gallery talk from the exhibits cocurators Chris Murray and Emmie Donadio. Middbeat’s Anna Cerf ’18 took a trip down to the museum to give us a little sneak peak of what we have to look forward to.
Banksy, the street art legend, has come to Middlebury. The international icon, along with sixteen of today’s other most popular street artists, is on display in the two-month “Outside In: Art of the Street” exhibit that opened last week. If you love street art, hate it, respect it, or have never thought about it: go see what’s down at the museum. Even if it’s your first time there. This show will blow your mind.
Also included in the exhibit are Shepard Fairey and JR, two of the most well-known names in street art. Shepard Fairey was the man behind the Obama “Hope” poster used in his 2008 campaign and the “Occupy Protester” image used on the cover of Time for their Person of the Year in 2011. JR, who you may recognize from a Ted Talk or one of the final Colbert Report episodes, “flyposts” huge black and white photographs in public spaces. This time, the photographs are of Midd students and the public space is the Museum.
One of the artists on display, Ben Eime, actually came to campus over Feb Break to paint two murals; one in the exhibit and the other on the wall outside the museum. He has also made prints for Banksy, including, coincidentally, the single Banksy print that is in the Museum’s permanent collection, Christ With Shopping Bags.
Most of the pieces are silkscreen prints scaled down from work first painted on buildings. The pieces cover a huge range of styles; many are political statements while plenty simply seem like sweet designs. And some just can’t be described.
And in case Banksy somehow wasn’t enough to lure you to the Museum, Warhol, the father of the Pop Art Movement (and the guy who made the Marilyn Monroe prints, and the Campbell Soup cans) is the other temporary exhibit happening now at the Museum. It’s a smaller exhibit: ten of his prints recently gifted by the Andy Warhol Foundation. Definitely also not to be missed.
Both exhibits ends April 19. The Museum’s open every day until 5 pm, except for Mondays when it’s closed. Get there, if you know what’s good for you.
Date: Today February 19th
Place: Middlebury College Museum of Art (MCA)