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.
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
Student Advisory Board: Young Curators Exhibition Opening ReceptionMay 20, 2015 4:30 p.m.
The Young Curators program is the first-ever teen program at the Colby Museum, and this installation showcases original works of art by local high school students made in response to selected works on view in the Colby Museum’s permanent collection. Food and refreshments will be served.
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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.
Noontime Art Talk: Felix Gonzalez-TorresFebruary 18, 2015 Noon
Join Beth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art, and Francisca Moraga López, Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellow in Museum Practice, to discuss the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres and his two “Untitled” works that will be on view in the museum’s lobby from February 12 through June 7, 2015 as part of the 2014–15 Humanities Theme of “Migrations.”
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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.
Exhibition review: Jonathan Jones, Alex Katz: Black Paintings review – ‘A miraculous artist’, The Guardian, February 26
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.