An Artist’s Gift: Acquisitions from the Alex Katz Foundation

May 22, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Lower Jetté Galleries, Upper Jetté Galleries

The Alex Katz Foundation, incorporated in 2004, has played a central role in the development of the Colby College Museum of Art’s collection. Over the course of more than a decade, the foundation has given nearly four hundred and fifty works of modern and contemporary art to the Colby Museum. Founded with the mission of supporting artists and art institutions through the purchase of artworks and their subsequent gifting, the Katz Foundation has become a model of artist-led philanthropy. On view in this exhibition will be a selection of artworks by contemporary artists including Elizabeth Peyton and Dana Schutz, artists of Katz’s generation such as Ronald Bladen and Al Held, whose reputations continue to grow, and foundational early twentieth-century modernists such as Charles Burchfield and Marsden Hartley.

Related Publications

Exhibition review: Bob Keyes, Summer visual arts: Katz as curator, The Portland Press Herald, May 2015


Banner Image: Marsden Hartley, City Point, Vinalhaven, 1937-1938, oil on board, 18 in. x 24 in., Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, 2008.214

Young Curators: Art in the Making

May 20, 2015 - July 12, 2015

William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

The Colby College Museum of Art is pleased to announce a pilot program, Young Curators, designed to offer Waterville and Winslow high school students immersion in museum practice through arts-centered learning and production. This installation will showcase the student’s research and art-making skills that directly relate to works on art in the Museum’s permanent collection. As part of this program students have both created and curated the works in this exhibition.

This exhibition can be found in the Harrimann Student Lounge on the second floor of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion.

Young Curators Program Participants:
Skylar Addy, Waterville High School
Andrew Beckwith, Winslow High School
Bradley Carver, Messalonskee High School (documentarian)
Terry Chamblee, Waterville High School
Harrison Clark, Winslow High School
Sierra Hopkins, Winslow High School
Meg Nadeau, Winslow High School
Emily Pellegrin, Winslow High School
Al Perry, Waterville High School

Studio Art Teachers:
Katrina Billings, Winslow High School
Suzanne Goulet, Waterville High School

Colby College Student Mentor:
Veronica Vesnaver ’15

Museum Curatorial Mentor:
Ramey Mize, Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow

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Related Publications

Exhibition review: Colby College Museum of Art to present exhibition Young Curators: Art in the Making, The Morning Sentinel, May 2015


Banner Image: Young Curators drawing in the Cohen Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art. Photo by Jack Cohen Photography

Two Works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres

February 12, 2015 - June 7, 2015

William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

The theme of travel runs throughout the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, a Cuban–born, American artist who immigrated, via Puerto Rico, to the United States in 1979. In conjunction with Colby College’s 2014–15 Humanities Theme of “Migrations,” the Colby Museum is presenting two of Gonzalez-Torres’s stack pieces, works composed of printed sheets of paper that visitors may keep, display, or give to others. In the two-part piece “Untitled”, 1989/1990, one stack of papers features the sentence “Somewhere better than this place.”, while the other reads, “Nowhere better than this place.” In “Untitled” 1992/1993, the sheets of paper are printed with a black-and-white image of a bird in the sky based on a photograph by the artist. Public programs associated with the presentation of these works will include a Noontime Art Talk and other events to be announced.

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Banner Image: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled”, 1989/1990. Print on paper, endless copies, 26 in. at ideal height x 29 x 56 in. overall. Two parts: 26 in. at ideal height x 29 x 23 in. (original paper size) each. © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation; Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Alex Katz: Selections

July 1, 2014 - June 7, 2015

The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz

This installation features a rotating selection of artwork by Alex Katz (b. 1927). Among the most recent acquisitions on view is a double aluminum cutout entitled Juan and Choichun from 2013. Also displayed is an array of portraits that Katz produced in the 1950s depicting fellow artist Bernard Langlais, the subject of the adjacent retrospective.

 

Related Publications

Exhibition review: Jonathan Jones, Alex Katz: Black Paintings review – ‘A miraculous artist’, The Guardian, February 26, 2015


Banner Image: Alex Katz, Canoe, 1974, oil on canvas, The Lunder Collection, 2013.165

Highlights from the Permanent Collection

The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, Lunder Wing

This exhibition showcases the reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent collection galleries and the integration of works from the Lunder Collection with the Museum’s core holdings, including recent gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation, and select loans. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, this display reflects the Museum’s ongoing commitment to a comprehensive representation of American art from the nineteenth century through the present.

Highlights include David Smith’s steel Voltri Bolton II(1962), Maya Lin’s monumental marble sculpture Disappearing Bodies of Water (2013), a meter box by Donald Judd (1977), and Robert Mangold’s 18 acrylic and pencil drawings (1991) given by the Alex Katz Foundation. Cherished cornerstones of the collection, such as Albert Bierstadt’s View of Chimney Rock (1860) and Winslow Homer’s The Trapper (1870) will be featured, as well as recently acquired works by Frederic Edwin Church, William Matthew Prior, and Joshua Johnson.