Fall Faculty Exhibition

November 13, 2008 - January 18, 2009

Lower 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, Harriett Matthews, Abbott Meader, Nancy Meader, Garry Mitchell, Scott Reed, and Barbara Sullivan.

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Hiraki Sawa

November 6, 2008 - January 25, 2009

Theater Gallery

This exhibition presents three videos by the London-based, Japanese-born artist Hiraki Sawa. At once playful and meditative, Sawa’s works show imaginary, often miniaturized worlds animated by such seemingly incongruous elements as airplanes aloft in an otherwise mundane apartment, running and walking figures that evoke the early photographic movement studies of Eadweard Muybridge, and the shadowy silhouettes of animals placidly but persistently en route to somewhere else.

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Whistler & the Figure: Prints from the Lunder Collection

November 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009

Gourley Gallery

Curated by David Becker

Throughout his career, James McNeill Whistler was preoccupied with portraying the human figure. Though best known for his elegant and enigmatic oil portraits of society notables and – of course – his own mother, he also executed many smaller-scale figural works within the private space of his home and studio and the public spaces of city and countryside. This selection from the more than two hundred Whistler etchings and lithographs in the Lunder Collection focuses on the artist’s equally keen perception of the figure from near and far.

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currents5: t s Beall

October 9, 2008 - February 1, 2009

Davis Gallery

In the fifth installment of currents, an annual solo exhibition dedicated to the work of an emerging artist with connections to Maine, the Colby College Museum of Art presents Here Be Dragons (2008), a new video installation by t s Beall, an American artist living in Glasgow who attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003. The exhibition consists of a single watchtower surmounted by a rotating platform outfitted with video projectors. From it, circular, scope-like video sequences of landscape imagery drawn from desolate outposts and contested areas are projected onto the walls of the gallery.

Watch a video of the installation here

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The Somali Bantu Experience: From East Africa to Maine

October 2, 2008 - November 16, 2008

Teaching Gallery

Curated by Catherine Besteman

The Somali Bantu are ethnic minorities forced to flee the civil war in Somalia. Some have resettled in Lewiston, Maine. Despite challenges, these refugees are finding ways to preserve their culture while adapting to life in America. Through photographs from both Somalia and Lewiston, come explore the stories of this extraordinary community.

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Realms of Faith: Medieval Art from the Walters Art Museum

September 7, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Upper Jette Galleries

Curated by Véronique B. Plesch, Professor of Art and David L. Simon, Ellerton and Edith Jette Professor of Art

Drawn from one of the largest and finest medieval art collections in the United States, this exhibition of rare and beautiful objects dating from the sixth to the fifteenth century focuses on Christian liturgical practices and personal devotion during one of the most fascinating periods in world history. This exhibition was organized by The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

For a downloadable pdf of programs and events, click here.

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Masterpieces of American Folk Art

June 29, 2008 - October 19, 2008

De Ferrari Gallery, Gladys Brooks Foundation Gallery, Gourley Gallery, Hewlett Gallery, Sage Gallery

The occasion of the Maine Folk Art Trail—a statewide institutional collaboration exploring the treasure troves of traditional American folk art in Maine—provides an opportunity for the Colby College Museum of Art to present more than 50 objects from its remarkable collection of works done in the American vernacular tradition. The exhibition presents works in a variety of media that touch on the full range of folk subjects, including landscape, seascape, ship paintings and still life. An entire gallery of the exhibition will be devoted to the display of primitive portraits, many of which are drawn from the American Heritage Collection, given to Colby College by Edith and Ellerton M. Jetté.

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Joe Brainard: If Nancy Was

June 22, 2008 - August 17, 2008

Upper Jette Galleries

A visual artist and writer closely associated with the New York School of the 1960s and ’70s, Joe Brainard invented variations on commercial images and artifacts that have become icons of Pop art. This exhibition presents 20 mixed-media works from Brainard’s provocative If Nancy Was series, a recent gift of the Alex Katz Foundation. Taking the popular comic-book character Nancy as his muse, Brainard cast this loveable and enigmatic little girl in a variety of surprising roles, among them Nancy as a face on Mount Rushmore, as an old Kleenex, as a de Kooning “Woman” painting, and as a building in New York City.

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Curated by David P. Becker

In its myriad forms, water has symbolized many things throughout history, from the endlessly flowing cycles of life to the hidden depths of the unconscious. Since ancient times, artists have been drawn to portray its atmospheric effects and elemental forces, as well as its cultural significance. This selection from the Lunder Collection of works by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) highlights a restlessly innovative artist’s response to the theme of water. The prints range across his career, from London’s Thames River and the English seacoast to the canals of Venice and Amsterdam.

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Taking its title from Alex Katz’s Face of the Poet (1978), a group of aquatint portraits of fourteen poets—including Ann Lauterbach, Kenneth Koch, and Peter Schjeldahl—this exhibition is a focused look at Katz’s early poetry collaborations, an ongoing aspect of his work. In addition to the Face of the Poet group, other works presented includeFragment, a book of poems by John Ashbery illustrated by Katz, a monumental painting of Allen Ginsberg, and various other print portraits and poetry books. Displayed in the museum’s Paul J. Schupf Wing, this exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the University of Maine, Orono, host of the National Poetry Foundation conference “The Poetry of the 1970s” from June 11–15.

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