In his Ten O’Clock Lecture in 1885, James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903) presented himself as an artist set apart from the public, bearing no relation to the historical moment he lived in. However, the myth of artistic independence that Whistler developed was but one part of a complex and highly significant relationship he had with the world around him. As a painter, printmaker, and designer, Whistler engaged with a variety of places, people, and ideas that stretched from the United States to London, Venice, and Japan. Drawn entirely from the renowned Lunder Collection, this comprehensive exhibition—featuring the finest examples of his prints among works in other media—explores Whistler’s travels across Europe in his quest to re-imagine his surroundings and to transport the modern world into the “realm of art.”
The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies: Museum Education and Impact in the 21st CenturyOctober 14, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a conversation featuring Martha Tedeschi, Deptuy Director for Art and Research, Art Institute of Chicago, on the transformative role of art museums as centers for teaching, learning, and mentorship. Panelists include Tanya Sheehan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Colby College; Francesca Soriano, Colby College ’16; Justin McCann Lunder...
Whistler: Nature and NationOctober 15, 2015 9:00 a.m.
Whistler: Nature and Nation is a two-day symposium dedicated to the exploration of how American artists working abroad or exposed to an international milieu in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries reimagined ideas of nature and nation in light of their global experiences. The symposium is generously supported by a grant...
Student Advisory Board: Whistler Brunch and Costume ContestOctober 31, 2015 10:00 a.m.
The artist James McNeill Whistler is known to have popularized “brunch,” or the combination of breakfast and lunch in one luxurious meal. To celebrate this culinary tradition and the two Whistler exhibitions on view, the SAB will host a festive brunch, complete with buckwheat pancakes (Whistler’s favorite food), public readings, lively conversation, exhibition tours, and...
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Exhibition review: Bob Keyes, Colby shows off its Whistlers, Portland Press Herald, Sept. 20, 2015
Drawn entirely from the renowned Lunder Collection, this comprehensive catalogue places Whistler in a dynamic international and cosmopolitan context, and includes the finest examples of his prints.