Weather vanes and trade signs made by skilled artisans once added notes of whimsy to otherwise mundane streets and farms. This exhibition of outstanding American weather vanes and trade signs gives viewers a glimpse of the rich visual complexity of ordinary public spaces in the United States during the long nineteenth century.

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William Kentridge: Tango for Page Turning

June 14, 2016 - August 21, 2016

Davis Gallery

South African artist William Kentridge produces stop-motion animations from photographs of his charcoal drawings and collages. A film fragment made for a related theatrical production, Tango for Page Turning (2012) was inspired by Kentridge’s conversations with science historian Peter Galison.

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Picasso: The Vollard Suite

June 2, 2016 - August 21, 2016

Davis Gallery

Selections from Picasso’s Vollard Suite—the artist’s most significant cycle of etchings and a hallmark of twentieth century modernist printmaking—will be on view to celebrate the recent gift of the entire suite by Peter and Paula Lunder.

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From Stage To Page: Shakespeare in German Expressionist Prints

May 5, 2016 - September 4, 2016

Lower Jetté Galleries

This exhibition of German Expressionist prints illustrating scenes from plays by William Shakespeare is drawn from Shakespeare Visionen–a 1918 print folio published in Munich. Curated by Colby College students enrolled in Professor Laurie Osborne's course Global Shakespeares, the exhibition includes woodcuts, lithographs, and intaglio prints by Max Beckman, Oskar Kokoschka, Theodor Heine and others, and demonstrates how Shakespeare’s emotionally complex characters and theatrical situations inspire rich comparisons across cultures and historical periods.  Curated by Lev Pinkus ’17, Sophie Kaplan ’19, Lainey Curtis ’18, and Rachel Bird ’18 with support from the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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A Usable Past: American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art

July 9, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Lower Jetté Galleries, Upper Jetté Galleries

A Usable Past features highlights of the Museum’s extensive holdings of folk art of the United States, including many artworks from the American Heritage collection of Edith and Ellerton Jetté–one of the earliest collections to enter the Colby College Museum of Art.

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Peter Soriano: Permanent Maintenance

September 24, 2015 - August 21, 2016

William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

An accomplished sculptor, Peter Soriano began making wall drawings in 2012. Rather than shaping, carving, or casting three-dimensional forms, he now assembles and arranges visual experience, using what captures and holds his attention to generate orchestrated constellations of marks. Commissioned by the Colby Museum, Permanent Maintenance is Soriano’s largest wall drawing to date.

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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. 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.

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