February Museum News

Open Doors
Gary GreenIf it's been a while since you've visited the museum -- or even if you visited recently, please stop by for the open house on Thursday, February 7, from 4-6 p.m. Two new shows, Adolph Gottlieb: Paintings and Early Prints and Gary Green: The History of Nature (Part 1) will be on view, there will be live jazz in the galleries, and refreshments will be plentiful. Image: Pleasant Point (view no. 1), Salmon Falls, Maine, Iris print on Somerset Satin paper, 47"x 35" (unframed dimensions), 2006.

En Francais, S'il Vous Plaît
Waterville has a long tradition of Franco-American culture. For all those French speakers in central Maine, the Colby College Museum of Art is offering its first-ever tour in French. Véronique Plesch, associate professor of art history and chair of the art department, will lead the tour, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9, following refreshments at 10 a.m.

Catch It Now
The exhibition Asian-American Artists in the Colby College Museum of Art's Collection ends February 4. Visit the museum this weekend to see works by Koji Shimizu, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Isamu Noguchi, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Toshiko Takaezu, Nikki S. Lee, and Hung Hsien (Margaret Chang).

Call for Docents
A docent leads a school group through a museum tour.The museum counts on volunteer docents to lead gallery tours and assist with art activities. Docents need not have studied art or art history -- an eagerness to learn and share time is the only requirement. Docents receive training in art history and art education, receive special privileges, and contribute a valuable service to their community. Training for new docents begins in February. Contact Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education, at 207-858-5609 or llessing@colby.edu.

A Priceless Resource
The museum welcomes clubs, book groups, and organizations that would like to study and discuss works of art in the galleries. To learn more, contact Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator or Education, at 207-858-5609 or llessing@colby.edu.


Upcoming Events
For more information contact: Lauren Lessing, 207-859-5609, llessing@colby.edu

Open House and Reception
Art Openings for Adolph Gottlieb and Gary Green Exhibits
Thursday, February 7, 4 p.m. (See above.)

French Language Guided Tour
Saturday, February 9, 10:30 a.m. (See above.)

Noontime Art Talk: Director's Tour of currents4
Thursday, February 14, noon
Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator Sharon Corwin will discuss Amy Stacey Curtis's installations. Free bag lunches are available to the first 40 people.

Noontime Art Talk: Gary Green
Thursday, February 21, noon
Gary Green, assistant professor of art, will discuss his exhibition, The History of Nature (Part 1).
Free bag lunches are available to the first 40 people.

Noontime Art Talk: The Joan Whitney Payson Collection
Thursday, February 28, noon
Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education will discuss the seven world-class works of art on biennial loan from the Portland Museum of Art. This impressive collection includes paintings by Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Alfred Sisley. Free bag lunches are available to the first 40 people.

Story Time in the Museum
Saturdays (February 2, 9, 16, 23), 10 a.m.
Student volunteers and museum docents read art-related stories, play games, and lead discussions in the museum's galleries. The program is designed for young children, and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tours of the Colby College Museum of Art
Sundays (February 3, 10, 17, 24), 2 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
The museum now offers free, guided tours every Sunday.


Ongoing Exhibitions

Adolph Gottlieb: Paintings and Early Prints
February 3-April 13
Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) was an early member of the Abstract Expressionist movement and a productive painter, printmaker, and sculptor. Primarily self-taught as a painter and printmaker, Gottlieb aimed to synthesize an intellectual approach to painting with his own emotional experience. This exhibition brings together 50 early prints and paintings that demonstrate Gottlieb’s significant contribution to the changing face of American art at mid-century. Organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.

Gary Green: The History of Nature (Part I)
February 7-March 23
Gary Green joins the Colby College Art Department this year as professor of photography. Green’s sensitive images of the common landscape draw connections between human nature and the natural world. His photographs of carved and weathered tree bark, like human skin, tell stories of manmade encounters and natural phenomena. Decaying houses, cleared lots, and bulldozed dirt piles reveal the forces and events that create the history of nature.

Joan Whitney Payson Collection
February 17-June 1
The Colby College Museum of Art presents seven world-class works of art from the Joan Whitney Payson Collection on biennial loan from the Portland Museum of Art. This impressive collection includes paintings by Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Alfred Sisley.

Whistler at Work: The Process of Printmaking
Through June 15
Peter and Paula Lunder have assembled one of the foremost collections of prints by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), comprising more than 200 etchings and lithographs of the highest quality. The latest in a continuing series of exhibitions drawn from this collection not only serves as an overview of Whistler’s printmaking career but also highlights a number of rare examples that reveal Whistler’s working process. Important selections include examples of Whistler’s trial proofs, three pairs of prints that show how the artist developed his images through successive printings from the same plate, and a rare pastel that illuminates how Whistler treated similar subjects in different media. Curated by David P. Becker

currents4: Amy Stacey Curtis
Through April 13
The fourth exhibition in the museum's annual emerging artist series, currents, presents work by Maine-based installation artist Amy Stacey Curtis. Curtis, who has been working in abandoned industrial sites throughout the state for the past seven years, creates interactive works that examine our interconnectedness through themes of chaos, order, and repetition.

The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information call 207-859-5600 or visit http://www.colby.edu/museum/.