TOMORROW is the Big Day!

The Spirited Things exhibition officially opens TOMORROW! There are also two exciting events happening this week:

–On Tuesday, September 26 at 4pm, Professor J. Lorand Matory will deliver a lecture on “African Gods in the Western Museum” in the Livak Ballroom at the UVM Davis Center.

–On Thursday, September 28 from 5:30-7:00 PM, the Fleming Museum will hold an opening reception for the “Spirited Things” exhibition, as well as for “Herbert Barnett: Vermont Life and Landscape, 1940-1948.” The event is hosted by University of Vermont Provost David Rosowsky, Fleming Director Janie Cohen, and the Museum’s Board of Advisors. Featuring a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and live music.

And there is so much more to come! Stay tuned!


Ideas on Tap: Sacred Objects/Secular Spaces

September 13 @ 7:00 pm


Images: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic (SABA) Collection, Duke University

How are sacred objects transformed when they enter the museum? What does it mean to collect and exhibit religious and sacred objects connected to living peoples and cultures? What kinds of ethical, aesthetic, and pragmatic considerations shape how sacred objects are displayed to the public? What impact does the display of religious objects have on viewers, and how do they make sense of such objects?

Join UVM Religious Studies Professor Vicki Brennan and Fleming Museum Curator Andrea Rosen for a conversation exploring these and other questions as they relate to an upcoming exhibition, “Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic” at UVM’s Fleming Museum, opening September 26.

Image of UVM Humanities logoVHC’s Ideas on Tap series is designed to convene informal, informative, and provocative conversations, and to strengthen them with a scholar’s expertise. These events are held in partnership with the University of Vermont’s Humanities Center, held at the ArtsRiot restaurant, bar and performing space in Burlington.

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Office Hours with Dr. J. Lorand Matory

Interested in learning more about the Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic? In this video James Marsh Professor-at-Large, J. Lorand Matory, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University discusses some of the items that will be included in the exhibition at the Fleming Museum this fall. Check it out!


Plaster Statue of the Afro-Brazilian Goddess Iemanjá, Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Collection (SABA), Duke University

Here you will find information about the lectures and other events that will take place in Burlington, Vermont in connection with the Fleming Museum’s exhibition Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic. Follow the links below to see the various events that will take place at the Fleming Museum, UVM, and Champlain College. Additional information about these events will be posted here so please be sure to check regularly.

Lecture Series: Religious Objects and Embodied Practices in the Black Atlantic

Fleming Museum Programs and Other Events