Jean-Victor Bertin and Landscape Painting in France

October 22, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Lower Jette Galleries

Curated by Michael A. Marlais, the James M. Gillespie Professor of Art

This exhibition contextualizes the Colby Museum’s recent acquisition of A Classical Landscape with Figures Conversing Beneath a Tree (1825), a neo-classical painting by Jean-Victor Bertin (1767–1842), offering a focused consideration of the French affinity for landscape painting from the Baroque period through the 19th century. Among the included works areWooded Landscape by Gaspard Dughet (1615–1675), a painter who helped make landscape a signature of French identity, as well as Marcoussis by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Bertin’s most famous pupil. The exhibition also includes several loans from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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The wind is our most immediate predictor of weather, an endlessly fascinating phenomenon for human observation and discussion. The practice of gauging wind direction dates as far back as ancient Greece, and decorative weathervanes were common on churches in medieval Europe. Early settlers brought the tradition to America, where it evolved from its religious and scientific roots to become a thriving, creative industry and a means for self-expression. The works in this exhibition, drawn from a private collection in Maine, represent some of the finest designs and iconic forms of the late nineteenth century, the heyday of weathervane production.

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Julianne Swartz: Affirmation

July 13, 2013 - June 8, 2014

William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

“What could someone say to you that would make you feel completely loved (acknowledged, understood, respected, cared for, attractive, embraced, supported, safe, cherished…)?” Julianne Swartz recorded seventy-two answers to this question, and these voices emerge from the museum’s architecture in Affirmation. Swartz originally conceived of this piece for the Tate Liverpool in 2006, where she activated ten sites throughout the museum with sound.

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Curated by Ankeney Weitz

Spaces & Places presents Chinese artworks from the rich holdings of the Lunder-Colville Chinese Art Collection at Colby College and the world-renowned collection of Chinese art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. By featuring works that were displayed in the imperial court, private residences, temples, and tombs, the exhibition demonstrates how art enlivened these spaces and created meaning within four very different realms of visual culture. A wide range of objects drawn from all periods of premodern China—from paintings to ceramics, textiles to sculptures—allows viewers to appreciate and understand art’s power and varied purposes in specific contexts.

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Alex Katz: A Matter of Light

July 13, 2013 - September 13, 2013

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

Curated by Diana Tuite


Whatever the medium in which he works, artist Alex Katz endeavors to record his experience of optical sensations. Featuring an array of prints, drawings, and paintings from the permanent collection, this installation demonstrates Katz’s study of light and shadow and, especially, their relationships to flat color. In his depiction of windows ablaze within a dark façade, for example, or sunlight striking a figure’s head and shoulders, Katz succeeds in rendering light with extraordinary materiality.

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“A Thing Alive”: Modern Views from the Marin Collections

July 13, 2013 - September 29, 2013

Davis Gallery

Writing in 1913, John Marin declared, “a work of art is a thing alive.” He continued, “Thus the whole city is alive; buildings, people, are all alive; and the more they move me the more I feel them to be alive.”

Marin’s words guide this selection of works drawn from the John Marin Collection and the Norma B. Marin Photography Collection. The exhibition features Marin’s abstracted cityscapes and landscapes as well as photographs of urban and rural subjects by Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, and others. Presenting exhilarating views of New York skyscrapers alongside delicate renderings of coastal Maine, A Thing Alive reflects on the bold changes that occurred in twentieth-century artistic representations of the natural and built environment.

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Nowhere but Here: Art from the Alex Katz Foundation

July 13, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Lower Jette Galleries

Nowhere but Here: Art from the Alex Katz Foundation, presents more than 40 modern and contemporary works given to the Colby College Museum of Art by the Alex Katz Foundation. Included in the exhibition are dynamic abstractions by Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and Elizabeth Murray, which appear in the context of contemporary portraiture by Tanyth Berkeley, Ben Pier, Chantal Joffe, and Elizabeth Peyton, as well as a video by Dara Friedman.

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Prepared by Frederick Fisher and Partners, Process & Placeexplores the contextual, collaborative, and place-envisioning process by which the Los Angeles-based architecture firm arrived at the design of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, a newly completed, 26,000-square-foot addition to the Colby College Museum of Art. The exhibition consists of source imagery dedicated to the core concepts that guided the Pavilion’s development. It also includes a time-lapse video documenting the construction, renderings of the Museum’s master plan, and information on the Pavilion’s sustainable design strategies.

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The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College

June 13, 2013 - June 8, 2014

The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, Lunder Wing

In 2007 Peter and Paula Lunder, longtime benefactors of Colby College, promised their collection of more than 500 works of art to the Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, installed in the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion and the Lunder Wing, commemorates the formal transfer of this extraordinary gift to Colby. The exhibition presents more than 280 works from the Lunder Collection and showcases the collection’s strengths in 19th and 20th-century American and contemporary art. On view will be paintings and works on paper by American masters George Caleb Bingham, George Catlin, John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe, sculptures by Augustus Saint Gaudens, Frederick Remington, Paul Manship, Elie Nadelman, and Alexander Calder, and important contemporary works by Romare Bearden, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, John Chamberlain, Jenny Holzer, and Maya Lin. The exhibition also includes more than 30 prints and paintings by James McNeill Whistler. These works are drawn from the Lunder Collection’s deep Whistler holdings, which comprise the largest single collection of work by this pivotal artist to be given to an American academic museum to date.  The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated book of collection highlights, with essays by noted curators and art historians.

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Senior Art Exhibition

May 9, 2013 - May 26, 2013

The Annual Senior Art Exhibition brings together work by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in their media. The 2013 Senior Exhibition will be held at Common Street Arts, 16 Common St., Waterville. For more information, see:

Featured artists: Jake Barton, Monica Davis, Lauren De Camilla, Lexi DeConti, Arran Dindorf, Pasquale Eckert, Sarah Fensore, Pete Gabranski, Molly Hodson, Cassie Huang, Nate Krump, and Jessa Steinman

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