currents3: Lihua Lei

November 16, 2006 - February 4, 2007

Davis Gallery

Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator and Gregory Williams, Assistant Director for Operations

Lihua Lei’s work explores the sense of bounty and loss inherent to our bodily condition. Working in the gap between the figurative and the abstract, Lei uses diverse materials to allude to the body: a pool of carnelian colored thread suggests blood; a tube of cloth winds through the landscape like an esophagus or a birthing canal; a tree’s knotty irregularities imply scars, burns, or tumors upon a torso. For currents3, Lei explores memory as a bodily phenomenon, exemplified by the phantom limb. How does our body remember, or feel, what it has lost? Lei’s installation invites the viewer to reflect upon the vulnerabilities and transformations of the body.

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Fall Faculty Exhibition

November 10, 2006 - December 31, 2006

Upper Jette Galleries

Bringing together the work of Colby College art faculty members, the Fall Faculty Exhibitiion presents an opportunity to view recent work by Bonnie Bishop, Frank Hobbs, Margaret Libby, Harriett Matthews, Abbott Meader, Nancy Meader, Garry Mitchell, Dee Peppe, and Scott Reed.

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The Road to Kendeyama

November 6, 2006 - December 31, 2006

Teaching Gallery

Following a grassroots fund-raising campaign through which they raised $23,000, six Colby students traveled to Sierra Leone in the summer of 2006. They distributed 2,000 bed nets to help fight malaria, organized educational programming and took many photographs.

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Alex Katz Woodcuts and Linocuts

October 12, 2006 - January 28, 2007

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

Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator

As the Colby College Museum of Art’s contribution to The Maine Print Project, Alex Katz: Woodcuts and Linocuts takes a retrospective look at the artist’s work in these print media. Katz has been a regular summer resident in Maine since he first attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the early 1950s. Katz’s woodcuts and linocuts, usually composed of one, two, or three layers of color, exhibit the qualities of directness, simplification, and distillation that characterize his work across media.

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The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years

July 22, 2006 - October 29, 2006

Davis Gallery, Lower Jette Galleries, Upper Jette Galleries

Since its founding in 1946, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture has established itself as one of the most important art schools in the country. In celebration of the school’s 60th anniversary and the newly formed Skowhegan Lecture Archive, the exhibition will bring together works by 27 distinguished artists and faculty spanning the history of the school.

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Whistler as Printmaker

June 25, 2006 - February 25, 2007

Gourley Gallery

Curated by David P. Becker

While James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) achieved fame as a painter, he was also a serious and innovative printmaker, producing some 450 etchings and about 180 lithographs. His imagery and the technical means that he developed for etching and for printing plates influenced not only his fellow printmakers in Europe and America but also many others who followed. This selection of prints is drawn from a collection on loan to the Colby museum consisting of almost 200 impressions representing the highest quality and range of Whistler’s printmaking.

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William Ingham: Paintings & Drawings

May 27, 2006 - July 19, 2006

Davis Gallery

Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator and Gregory Williams, Assistant Director for Operations

Seattle-born artist and Colby College alumnus William Ingham ’66 is known for his fusion of bicoastal influences and loose Abstract Expressionist painting. Drawing from multiple movements including the New York School and Minimalism, the artist maintains the autonomy of his paintings and the refusal of immediately recognizable imagery. Rich in color and sweeping movement and drawing inspiration from the Pacific Northwest, Ingham creates paintings that are at once both dreamlike and organic. Large canvases and concentrated hues further Ingham’s exploration of scale, stroke, and line, resulting in lavish and complex paintings that are carefully and deliberately produced.

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The Big Jatte – Senior Art Exhibition

May 11, 2006 - May 28, 2006

Lower Jette Galleries, Upper Jette Galleries

Featuring work in a variety of media by senior Studio Art majors

Featured artists: Greyson Brooks, Caroline Cotter, Helen Emory, Hui Kim, Kirsten Lawson, Sarah Lindeke-Wolff, Alexis McCallister, Courtney Page, Meghan Race, Kurt Schleicher, Katie Weden, and Steven Weinberg

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Colors: Contemporary Color Photography

February 6, 2006 - April 27, 2006

Davis Gallery

Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator

Since the 1970s, color photography has been gaining legitimacy in an art world previously dominated by the black-and-white print. The Colby College Museum of Art will exhibit 29 color photographs including images ranging from William Christenberry’s small-scale photographs of Alabama gas stations to Elke Morris’s recent shots of run-down Maine tenement buildings.

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