currents4: Amy Stacey Curtis

December 15, 2007 - April 13, 2008

Davis Gallery

Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator

The fourth installment of the Museum’s annual emerging- artist exhibition, currents, presents work by Maine-based installation artist Amy Stacey Curtis. Curtis, who has been working in abandoned industrial sites throughout the state for the past seven years, creates interactive works that examine our interconnectedness through themes of chaos, order, and repetition. For currents4, Curtis invites viewers to perceive, manipulate, and perpetuate her exploration of light and color.

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Whistler at Work: The Process of Printmaking

December 3, 2007 - June 15, 2008

Gourley Gallery

Curated by David P. Becker

Peter and Paula Lunder have assembled one of the foremost collections of prints by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), comprising more than 200 etchings and lithographs of the highest quality. The latest in a continuing series of exhibitions drawn from this collection not only serves as an overview of Whistler’s printmaking career but also highlights a number of rare examples that reveal Whistler’s working process. Important selections include examples of Whistler’s trial proofs, three pairs of prints that show how the artist developed his images through successive printings from the same plate, and a rare pastel that illuminates how Whistler treated similar subjects in different media.

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Fall Faculty Exhibition

November 6, 2007 - January 20, 2008

Upper Jette Galleries

The Fall Faculty Exhibition presents an opportunity to view recent work by Colby College faculty members Bonnie Bishop, Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Maggie Libby, Robin Mandel, Abbott Meader, Nancy Meader, Garry Mitchell, Scott Reed, and Barbara Sullivan.

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Contemporary Art at the Colby College Museum of Art: Gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation

July 14, 2007 - October 28, 2007

Davis Gallery, Lower Jette Galleries, Upper Jette Galleries

Encompassing a variety of media, the exhibition presents more than 30 recent gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation by some of the leading artists working today. This impressive gift includes recent work by Will Ryman in sculpture, Evelyn Hofer in photography, Julian Opie in printmaking, and major paintings by Jennifer Bartlett, Elizabeth Murray, Philip Taaffe, Martha Diamond, Francesco Clemente, Gary Hume, Julian Lethbridge, Nabil Nahas, Ellen Phelan, Dana Schutz, and John Zurier, among others.

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Unusual Suspects – Senior Art Exhibition

May 10, 2007 - May 27, 2007

Lower Jette Galleries

Featuring the great work of senior Studio Art majors.

Featured artists: Nick Bazarian, Ben Grandjean, Laura Keeler, Ninoslav Krgovic, Cindy Meadow, Stacy Robillard, Kristen Spalding, Felicia Teach, and Anders Wood

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Personae: Two Decades of Feminist Video

April 12, 2007 - July 1, 2007

Theater Gallery

Personae presents the museum’s recent acquisitions of video art produced between the late 1970s and the late 1990s. Works by feminist artists Laurie Anderson, Eleanor Antin, Dara Birnbaum, Martha Rosler, and others explore issues of the body, definitions of gender, and the evolution of feminine culture in our media-saturated age.

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Attraction: Abstraction!

March 18, 2007 - July 1, 2007

Davis Gallery

Art historian Kirk Varnedoe once wrote, “What is abstract art good for? What’s the use–for us as individuals, or for any society–of pictures of nothing, of paintings and sculptures or prints or drawings that do not seem to show anything except themselves?” This selection of works from the permanent collection invites the viewer to consider the formal language of abstraction through diverse media. What is the attraction to abstraction?

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Whistler and Printmaking

March 8, 2007 - September 9, 2007

Gourley Gallery

Curated by David P. Becker

Printmaking was central to the artistic practice of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). While he achieved fame as a painter, he was also an extremely serious and innovative printmaker, producing some 450 etchings and about 180 lithographs over the course of his career. 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 exhibition comprises another selection of prints, never previously exhibited at the museum, from a major collection of Whistler prints on loan to the Colby College Museum of Art.

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Bernard Langlais: Abstractions and Reliefs

March 4, 2007 - July 1, 2007

Upper Jette Galleries

While working in New York in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Maine-born artist Bernard Langlais (1921-1977) began to explore the medium of wood relief. Using found wooden objects and scraps, Langlais developed a unique style of “painting with wood,” creating complex works that are as viscerally stirring as they are familiar and mundane. This exhibition presents 24 of these evocative, early wood reliefs.

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