June Museum News

Colby Museum News: June 2008

undefinedA Keen Eye
Don't miss a special exhibition inspired by art historian Gabriella De Ferrari, a founding member of the museum’s Board of Governors who received an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from Colby this May. On view through Aug. 31, An Eye for the Here and Now: Selections from the Collection in Honor of Gabriella De Ferrari includes works either donated by De Ferrari or given to the museum in her honor. Of particular note is a suite of photogravures by Olafur Eliasson, as well as works by Terry Winters, Sol LeWitt, Elizabeth Murray, Jenny Holzer, and others.

Art in Bloom
Stroll among flowers and art at the biennial Art in Bloom display at the Colby College Museum of Art during Reunion Weekend, June 6-8. Sponsored by the Central Maine Garden Club, Art in Bloom features floral displays designed by members of several area garden clubs to complement works in the museum’s collection. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served at the opening reception June 6 at 10 a.m.
Poetic Interlude
In conjunction with the National Poetry Foundation’s conference "The Poetry of the Seventies" at the University of Maine, the museum is hosting a special exhibition of Alex Katz’s collaborations with some of the most prominent American poets of the late twentieth century, including John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, and Ann Lauterbach. Face of the Poet: Katz’s Poetry Collaborations, 1966-1978, will be on view June 14-29 in the Paul J. Schupf Wing.

Whistler on Water
A new exhibition of works by James McNeill Whistler goes on view June 19. Whistler's Waterscapes: River, Sea, and Canal Views from the Lunder Collection will include more than 20 prints on the theme of water as well as the gem-like painting Blue and Opal: Herring Fleet, a recent addition to the Lunder Collection. Expect one of the most refreshing shows of the season.

Folk Art Masterpieces
As the Colby College Museum of Art's contribution to the Maine Folk Art Trail, Masterpieces of American Folk Art will open June 29. The exhibition presents more than 50 works in a variety of media from drawing and watercolor to oil painting, sculpture, and embroidery. It also features important primitive portraits and landscapes from the American Heritage Collection, gift of Edith and Ellerton M. Jetté. For more information about the Maine Folk Art Trail visit www.mainefolkarttrail.com.

All these exhibitions and more will be celebrated at a museum open house Saturday, July 19, from 2:30 to 4:30. Please join us.

Current exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Permanent Collection and Highlights from the Lunder Collection
Through May 31, 2009

Whistler at Work: The Process of Printmaking
Through June 15

Chuck Close: Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000
May 1-Sept. 21

An Eye for the Here and Now: Selections from the Collection in Honor of Gabriella De Ferrari
May 23-Aug. 31

Opening this month at the Colby College Museum of Art

Together Anew: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions in Context
June 14-Aug. 17

Whistler’s Waterscapes: River, Sea, and Canal Views from the Lunder Collection
June 19-Oct. 26

Joe Brainard: If Nancy Was
June 22-Aug. 17

Masterpieces of American Folk Art
June 29-Oct. 22

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 us online.

Image credits:

Olafur Eliasson, Umschreibung (Paraphrase) (detail), 2006. Photogravure prints on paper. Gift of Agnes Gund in honor of Gabriella De Ferrari

Alex Katz, Ann Lauterbach, From the Portfolio Face of the Poet, 1978. Color aquatint. Gift of the artist