April Museum News

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Although the snowpack may suggest otherwise, summer is just around the corner—and with it come exciting new exhibitions. May 1 will mark the opening of Chuck Close: Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000, a presentation of a self-portrait that comprises the artist’s 24 proofs and one final etching. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Paul J. Schupf. Beginning June 22, the museum will show 20 mixed-media works from Joe Brainard’s celebrated series If Nancy Was, in which Brainard cast Nancy, the popular comic-book character, in a variety of roles that range from the provocative to the playful. And, starting June 29, look for Masterpieces of American Folk Art, part of the Maine Folk Art Trail, which will feature selections from the American Heritage Collection.

See the Storm
The museum is pleased to present a new installation by Assistant Professor of Art Robin Mandel. During a recent one-week residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, Mandel created computer-controlled kinetic mechanisms capable of producing viewer-activated thunderstorm simulations. From April 14 through May 18, simulated lightening, rain, and thunder will issue from the museum's Theater Gallery. Stay tuned for more information coming later this month about summer exhibitions and events.

Joining Forces
Extending its work beyond Mayflower Hill, the museum has again teamed up with a variety of community organizations. Among several collaborative programs planned for this semester, those in April include The History of Bronze in America (April 26, 10:30-noon), a Saturday class taught in conjunction the University of Maine’s Gold Leaf Senior Institute; and a workshop that will be part of the fourth annual Knock on Wood Guitar Fest (April 19, beginning at noon).

Art in a New Light
This semester, 16 Colby courses will extend their classes into the museum—literally. Exhibitions curated by students in American studies (History of Photography) will hang on the museum’s walls this spring. History, English, and sociology classes will be taking museum tours and writing related papers. Chemistry students also will be using the museum as their lab: Chemical Methods of Analysis will conduct a two-week unit on spectroscopy.

Prized Pieces
On April 17 the museum will offer a new kind of story time. At 4 p.m., student authors will read their essays, poems, and short stories inspired by Walter Gay’s 1895 painting, Cigarette Girls, Seville. The essays are part of the Bree Jeppson Art Essay Contest. The first-place winner will be awarded $750 and will be published in the 2009 Museum Collection catalog. All authors are invited to read at the symposium, and all art enthusiasts are invited to listen.
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Last Reminders of Winter
The turn of the seasons also means the end of some exhibitions. Don’t miss your last chance to see currents4 and Adolph Gottlieb: Paintings and Early Prints, on display until April 13. In currents4, Colby's fourth annual exhibition showcasing work by an emerging artist, Maine-based installation artist Amy Stacey Curtis explores light and the perception of color. The Gottleib exhibition brings together 50 early prints and paintings that demonstrate his significant contribution to the changing face of American art at mid-century.



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

Story Time in the Museum
Saturdays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10 a.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Student volunteers and museum docents read art-related stories, play games, and lead discussions in the museum's galleries. The program, offered every Saturday morning, 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, April 6, 13, 19, and 27, 2 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
The museum now offers free, guided tours every Sunday.

Student Docent Gallery Lecture
Wednesday, April 9, 4:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Emily Stoller-Patterson '09 will discuss John Marin's A Looking Back -- The Marin Family, 1953, and Alfred Stieglitz's John Marin, Mrs. Marin and John Marin, Jr., 1921

Student Docent Gallery Lecture
Friday, April 4, 4:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Jennifer Gold '08 will discuss Robert Polidori's Classroom in School #5 Pripyat, 2001 and Music Theory Classroom in School #5, Pripyat, 2001

Noontime Art Talk: Aaron Rosen
Thursday, April 10, 12 noon
Colby College Museum of Art
Aaron Rosen, adjunct lecturer in philosophy at the University of Maine, Orono, and adjunct lecturer in art history at the Maine College of Art will discuss Adolph Gottlieb and the question of Jewish art. Free bag lunches to the first 40 people.

Student Docent Gallery Lecture
Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Elizabeth Bower '08 will discuss Charles Codman's The Forest Near Portland, Maine, c. 1830.

Student Docent Gallery Lecture
Friday, April 18, 4:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Margie Gribbell '09 will discuss John Watson's Portrait of Governor William Burnet, c. 1726, and John Singleton Copley's Portrait of Benjamin Hallowell, 1765-68.

Student Docent Gallery Lecture
Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Nicolyna Enriquez ’11 will discuss Madonna and Child from the Cuzco School.

Noontime Art Talk: New Sculpture
Thursday, April 24, 12:30 p.m.
Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education, will discuss Thomas Crawford’s Adam and Eve, 1856. Free bag lunches to the first 40 people.

Student Docent Gallery Lecture
Friday, April 25, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Maya Steward ’10 will discuss Lauren Greenfield’s Girl Culture series, 1997-2001.


Ongoing Exhibitions

Adolph Gottlieb: Paintings and Early Prints
Through 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.

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.

Joan Whitney Payson Collection
Through June 1
The Colby College Museum of Art presents seven 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

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 859-5600 or visit http://www.colby.edu/museum/.

Image credits:

Joe Brainard, If Nancy Was a Ball, 1974. Mixed media on paper, 12 x 9 inches. Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation. Image courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York and Siglio Press, California.

Amy Stacey Curtis installs currents4. Photo by Ling Zhu '09.