July Museum News

Colby Museum News: July 2008 

Close Up CloseChuck Close
The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) opens July 11, and with it comes two screenings of the 2006 documentary Chuck Close. This feature-length film follows Close as he creates a self-portrait from Polaroid to final stroke, and he and his subjects—family members, fellow artists, and friends—discuss his work. Screenings are Saturday, July 12, at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Given Auditorium, so visitors can check out the Chuck Close exhibition at the Colby Museum in the same trip. The screening on July 17 is preceded by a gallery talk on the Close exhibition by Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator Sharon Corwin (see events, below).

Following the Folk Art Trail

/Users/ldmeader/Desktop/Communications/Press Releases/WebPhotos/HamblenMasterpieces of American Folk Art, an exhibition of 50 nineteenth-century works from the American vernacular tradition, opened June 29. Visitors to the exhibition—one stop on this summer’s Maine Folk Art Trail—will encounter beguiling faces in the primitive portrait gallery, a vibrant zodiac “crazy quilt”, land and seascape paintings, and a veritable menagerie of animals across media. More information about the Maine Folk Art Trail is at www.mainefolkarttrail.org and an illustrated catalogue is available at the Colby Museum and online at www.downeast.com.

 Last Chance for Visual Poetry
 More than 200 prominent poets and poetry scholars visited the Colby Museum for a day of readings and talks at the National Poetry Foundation’s annual conference June 14. In honor of this year’s theme—“Poetry of the Seventies”—the museum mounted a special exhibition of Alex Katzs collaborations with poets such as John Ashbery, Ann Lauterbach, and Kenneth Koch. Face of the Poet: Alex Katz’s Poetry Collaborations, 1969-1978 is on view through July 13.

Children Create Rooms with a View
Families and children of all ages are invited to a diorama-making workshop Saturday, July 12, sponsored by the museum and Freshwater Arts in Waterville. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. with a short film screening and games at the museum, and reconvene at Freshwater Arts for the hands-on portion of the workshop, taught by artist Kim Brennan, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register for this free workshop, call 207-680-2055.

Dancing with Art
This summer, thirty children from the George J. Mitchell School’s after-school program will participate in a workshop led by local teachers Jeni Frazee, Kim Gordon, and Wendy Baker. The children will work for eight weeks to create a dance and theater performance keyed to three spaces in the museum.

Upcoming Events

For more information contact: Karen Wickman at 207-859-5600

Noontime Art Talks

Meet in the museum’s lobby at noon for a free bag lunch (for the first 40 visitors), followed by the tour at 12:30 pm.

Masterpieces of American Folk Art
Thursday, July 3
Hannah Blunt, Curatorial Assistant
Joe Brainard: If Nancy Was
Thursday, July 10
Elizabeth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art

Chuck Close
Thursday, July 17, (Chuck Close film screening to follow)
Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator

Open House and Reading
Saturday, July 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This museum-wide open house in celebration of the summer exhibitions will begin with a reading by poet Ron Padgett of the writings of Joe Brainard.

Current exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

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

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 http://www.colby.edu/museum/.