Black History Month: Artist Spotlight

February 3, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Teaching Gallery

The Colby Museum celebrates Black History Month by spotlighting a different work of art each week by African American artists in its collection: Joseph Norman (week one and two), followed by a single work each by Kara Walker (week three) and David C. Driskell (week four). Selected in collaboration with the Pugh Center, Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity, and the African-American Studies Program, these works of art offer visitors an opportunity to reflect on current and historical representations of race in the United States.


Banner Image: David C. Driskell, African Women, Windows, 2004, Woodcut and monoprint on paper, 19 in. x 24 3/4 in., Gift of Scott Habes, 2009.095

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