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.
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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Curator's Talk: Bernard LanglaisSeptember 11, 2014 Noon
Hannah Williams Blunt, Langlais Curator for Special Projects and Curator of the Bernard Langlais retrospective exhibition on view through January 4, will deliver a talk on the artist and the exhibition.
Langlais Art-Making WorkshopSeptember 13, 2014 10:00 a.m.
The Museum invites adults and children of all ages to create works of art inspired by Maine artist Bernard Langlais. This event is free, but attendance is limited. To register, call 207.859.5613.
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