Torkwase Dyson: Nautical Dusk

October 4, 2018 - January 6, 2019

William D. Adams Gallery

At the invitation of the Museum, the New Jersey–based artist Torkwase Dyson visited Waterville to consult archival materials related to Samuel Osborne (c. 1833–1904). Born into slavery on a Virginia plantation, Osborne migrated to Maine in 1865 and served as a Colby College janitor from 1867 to 1903. In the works she produced for Nautical Dusk, Dyson combines simple geometric forms infused with metaphorical associations found in obituaries of Osborne written by unnamed white authors.

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Currents 8: Carly Glovinski

September 25, 2018 - February 17, 2019

Gladys Brooks Foundation Gallery, Gourley Gallery

For the eighth installment of the Currents series, Carly Glovinski has created a two-part exhibition on view concurrently at the Colby Museum and the Waterville Public Library. Presented alongside her installations of painted, cast, and woven sculptures is contextual source material, including artworks from the Lunder Collection and library books awaiting readers.

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Darkness Visible: Goya Prints from the Lunder Collection

September 13, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Lower Jette Galleries

In the last years of the eighteenth century, the Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) conceived a series of prints guided solely, he professed, by his imagination. Los Caprichos, or the Caprices, is the whimsical title Goya gave to his project, yet the series’ images are far from lighthearted. For Goya, an artist beholden to the Spanish court, printmaking was a means of elucidating the human condition on his own terms during an era of revolution and tumult. This focused exhibition of Goya prints from the Lunder Collection includes Los Caprichos and, until October 28, Los Disparates, or the Follies, also known by the posthumous title Los Proverbios, or the Proverbs, a work likewise suffused with a visionary darkness.

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Nancy Spero: Unbound

September 13, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Lower Jette Galleries

For more than five decades, Nancy Spero (1926–2009) pioneered a feminist art practice that fiercely defied the social expectations imposed on women. Using a lexicon of appropriated imagery, Spero envisioned, as she observed in 1987, “all manner of processions, conflicts, interruptions and disruptions.” Her hybrid artworks made in protest against war and in celebration of the liberated female body constitute Nancy Spero: Unbound, an exhibition organized in conjunction with a concurrent presentation of Francisco Goya’s prints, which Spero first encountered as an aspiring young artist.

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1968: “Sensitive Humanity” and Black Radicalism

September 11, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Davis Gallery

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1968 resistance movements, this exhibition will present photography of the Black Panther movement taken by Ruth Marion-Baruch and Pirkle Jones. This exhibition is co-curated by Chandra Bhimull, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies at Colby College.

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This exhibition celebrates the transformative gift of the Norma Boom Marin Collection of German Expressionist Prints. An extraordinary collection of twenty-eight prints, many of them brilliant or rare impressions, it spans the years 1907 through 1924, when artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner were working at the top of their form.

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American farmers commonly installed decorative weathervanes on the rooftops of their houses and barns. This exhibition of outstanding weathervanes from a private New England collection affords us the opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of these charming objects.

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