Bernard Langlais

July 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Lower Jetté Galleries, Upper Jetté Galleries

Known for his monumental wall reliefs and sculptures of animals from the 1970s, Maine-born artist Bernard Langlais (1921–1977) produced a rich and diverse oeuvre in his 56 years. From modernist painter to visionary environment builder, Langlais created art driven by a deep sense of place, and an unrelenting search for materials and subjects that reconciled his rural roots with postwar artistic movements and ideologies. In celebration of an extraordinary bequest by the artist’s widow, Helen Friend Langlais, of her estate to Colby College in 2010, the Colby College Museum of Art will present the first scholarly retrospective of Langlais’s dynamic career. The exhibition is drawn primarily from the Museum’s Bernard Langlais Collection and also presents loans from several local museums and private collections, a testament to Maine’s deep holdings in the art of this native son.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated monograph with essays by Hannah W. Blunt, Diana Tuite, Vincent Katz, and Leslie Umberger.

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Bernard Langlais at the Colby College Museum of Art

The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated monograph with essays by Hannah W. Blunt, Diana Tuite, Vincent Katz, and Leslie Umberger.

Banner Image: Bernard Langlais, Untitled (Barnyard), 1976-77, Stained, painted and blackened wood (diptych), 86 x 92 1/2 x 2 in., The Bernard Langlais Collection, Gift of Helen Friend Langlais, 2010.331

Lois Dodd: Cultivating Vision

June 7, 2014 - September 4, 2014

Davis Gallery

In 2010 the Colby College Museum of Art received more than seventy works on paper spanning from the 1960s to the early 2000s by post-war American figurative artist Lois Dodd. For the first time, the drawings, watercolors, and prints of this extraordinary gift will be accessible to the public, providing visitors the opportunity to experience Dodd’s work through mediums other than the oil painting for which she is best known. Three main themes will be featured: the body, the landscape, and the cityscape. The delicate and the massive meet in these drawings, and Dodd’s formal approach to the architecture of figures, buildings, and natural forms offers viewers a meditation on monumentality, ephemera, and the lived human experience.

Banner Image: Lois Dodd, Model Leaning on Elbow, 1999, Ink and watercolor on paper, 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 in., Gift of the artist, 2010.219

Senior Art Exhibition

May 8, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Davis Gallery

The Annual Senior Art Exhibition brings together artworks by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in the following media: painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

Alex Katz: Assembly II

March 6, 2014 - June 29, 2014

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

Curated by Diana Tuite

Alluding to artist Alex Katz’s preoccupation with the sociability of forms, be they figures or flowers, this second installment ofAssembly once again draws together a range of subjects in diverse media. This selection of paintings, works on paper, and cutouts attests to Katz’s concern with the interrelationships among individuals, including model and painter. It also demonstrates his understanding of the landscape, both built and natural, as a community of entities mixing with light.

Banner Image: Alex Katz, Late July, 1971, Lithograph on Arches Printer Paper: Bank Street Atelier, NY. Published by the Sko, Gift of the artist, 1972.062

Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo

January 25, 2014 - June 8, 2014

Lower Jetté Galleries

Curated by Co-curated by Ahmed Abdalla and SMFA Curator Joanna Soltan for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Opening to coincide with the third anniversary of the first protests in Tahrir Square, Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo presents distinctive filmic visions of Egypt’s current political and social environment. Consisting of video and multimedia installations by some of the strongest and most engaged among contemporary artists currently living in Cairo,Histories of Now approaches the reshaping of Egypt not from an outside Western perspective but rather from within, offering a vision of the country’s current cultural and art-making practices. The six artists in the exhibition are Mohamed Abla, Ahmed Basiony, Hala Elkoussy, Shady El Noshokaty, Sabah Naim, and Moataz Nasr.

Banner Image: Moataz Nasr, Merge and Emerge (Detail), 2001, Three-channel video installation, 6:25 minutes, Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin

Jean-Victor Bertin and Landscape Painting in France

October 22, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Lower Jetté Galleries

Curated by Michael A. Marlais, the James M. Gillespie Professor of Art

This exhibition contextualizes the Colby Museum’s recent acquisition of A Classical Landscape with Figures Conversing Beneath a Tree (1825), a neo-classical painting by Jean-Victor Bertin (1767–1842), offering a focused consideration of the French affinity for landscape painting from the Baroque period through the 19th century. Among the included works areWooded Landscape by Gaspard Dughet (1615–1675), a painter who helped make landscape a signature of French identity, as well as Marcoussis by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Bertin’s most famous pupil. The exhibition also includes several loans from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Banner Image: Jean-Victor Bertin, A Classical Landscape with Figures Conversing Beneath a Tree, 1865, Oil on canvas, 32 in. x 44 1/2 in., Art department purchase with funds from the Jere Abbott Aquisitions Fund, 2012.004

American Weathervanes from a Distinguished Maine Collection

July 13, 2013 - June 8, 2014

Sage Gallery

The wind is our most immediate predictor of weather, an endlessly fascinating phenomenon for human observation and discussion. The practice of gauging wind direction dates as far back as ancient Greece, and decorative weathervanes were common on churches in medieval Europe. Early settlers brought the tradition to America, where it evolved from its religious and scientific roots to become a thriving, creative industry and a means for self-expression. The works in this exhibition, drawn from a private collection in Maine, represent some of the finest designs and iconic forms of the late nineteenth century, the heyday of weathervane production.

Banner Image: Unknown, Quill, Copper with gold leaf, Anonymous loan, E014.2013

Julianne Swartz: Affirmation

July 13, 2013 - June 8, 2014

William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

“What could someone say to you that would make you feel completely loved (acknowledged, understood, respected, cared for, attractive, embraced, supported, safe, cherished…)?” Julianne Swartz recorded seventy-two answers to this question, and these voices emerge from the museum’s architecture in Affirmation. Swartz originally conceived of this piece for the Tate Liverpool in 2006, where she activated ten sites throughout the museum with sound.

Banner Image: Julianne Swartz, Affirmation, 2006-13, Site-specific installation; speakers, recorded soundtracks, and duct and plumbing modifications, Courtesy of the artist

Spaces & Places: Chinese Art from the Lunder-Colville Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

July 13, 2013 - June 8, 2014

Upper Jetté Galleries

Curated by Ankeney Weitz

Spaces & Places presents Chinese artworks from the rich holdings of the Lunder-Colville Chinese Art Collection at Colby College and the world-renowned collection of Chinese art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. By featuring works that were displayed in the imperial court, private residences, temples, and tombs, the exhibition demonstrates how art enlivened these spaces and created meaning within four very different realms of visual culture. A wide range of objects drawn from all periods of premodern China—from paintings to ceramics, textiles to sculptures—allows viewers to appreciate and understand art’s power and varied purposes in specific contexts.

Banner Image: Unknown, Chinese , Jin dynasty, Pillow in the Form of a Reclining Child, 1115 - 1234, Earthenware with glaze, 5 in. x 13 1/2 in. x 5 3/4 in., The Lunder-Colville Chinese Art Collection, 2013.075

Nowhere but Here: Art from the Alex Katz Foundation

July 13, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Lower Jetté Galleries

Nowhere but Here: Art from the Alex Katz Foundation, presents more than 40 modern and contemporary works given to the Colby College Museum of Art by the Alex Katz Foundation. Included in the exhibition are dynamic abstractions by Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and Elizabeth Murray, which appear in the context of contemporary portraiture by Tanyth Berkeley, Ben Pier, Chantal Joffe, and Elizabeth Peyton, as well as a video by Dara Friedman.

Banner Image: Marsden Hartley, Desertion, c. 1910, Oil on panel, 14 in. x 22 in., Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, 2008.218

The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College

June 13, 2013 - June 8, 2014

The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, Lunder Wing

In 2007 Peter and Paula Lunder, longtime benefactors of Colby College, promised their collection of more than 500 works of art to the Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, installed in the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion and the Lunder Wing, commemorates the formal transfer of this extraordinary gift to Colby. The exhibition presents more than 280 works from the Lunder Collection and showcases the collection’s strengths in 19th and 20th-century American and contemporary art. On view will be paintings and works on paper by American masters George Caleb Bingham, George Catlin, John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe, sculptures by Augustus Saint Gaudens, Frederick Remington, Paul Manship, Elie Nadelman, and Alexander Calder, and important contemporary works by Romare Bearden, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, John Chamberlain, Jenny Holzer, and Maya Lin. The exhibition also includes more than 30 prints and paintings by James McNeill Whistler. These works are drawn from the Lunder Collection’s deep Whistler holdings, which comprise the largest single collection of work by this pivotal artist to be given to an American academic museum to date.  The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated book of collection highlights, with essays by noted curators and art historians.

Banner Image: Thomas Wilmer Dewing, The Song, 1891, Oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 34 in., The Lunder Collection, 2013.111