Senior Exhibition 2020

May 15, 2020 - August 23, 2020

Seniors studying studio art have spent all year working on capstone projects in disciplines that include printmaking, photography, painting, and sculpture. This show serves as the culmination of their studies. In a typical year these works would be displayed in the Davis Gallery at the Colby Museum, but this year has been anything but typical. Over the last few months the nineteen members of the senior cohort—our largest group in recent years—have adapted resiliently and still produced impressive culminating bodies of work.

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Ja’Tovia Gary: An Ecstatic Experience

March 12, 2020 - November 1, 2020

Davis Gallery

The artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary (b. 1984, Dallas) seeks through her work to liberate the distorted histories through which Black life is often viewed and present a nuanced and complex Black interiority. Her documentary films and experimental videos chart how structures of power shape perceptions around representation, race, gender, sexuality, and violence.

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The Sea in a Jug: The Welch Collection of Islamic and Later Indian Art

February 20, 2020 - November 1, 2020

Upper Jette Galleries

The phrase “the sea in a jug” (بحر در کوزه, bahr dar koozeh) appears in the first book of the Masnavi, the great multivolume work of the Persian poet, mystic, and theologian Rumi (1207–1275). The meaning of this saying has been debated for centuries. In the context of this exhibition of art from the Islamic world, it is intended to represent the idea that a subset of things—in this case a group of artworks—can contribute to our understanding of a much larger cultural field. Colby student Alaleh Naderi ’21, who proposed this title based on her reading of a major Rumi scholar, noted that the “largeness of the sea cannot fit into a jug, but the effort to store one day’s portion of water can help take away the thirst.”

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