In the Studio: Picasso’s Vollard Suite

September 15, 2016 - February 5, 2017

Gourley Gallery

The Vollard Suite (1930–37) is the most significant prints series made by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Containing one hundred etchings, a selection of which are on view, it was commissioned by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard in Paris. Inspired by his work in sculpture, Picasso made the relationship between artist and model in the sculptor’s studio the suite’s central theme.

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Since 1961 the character of Zé Carioca has starred in a series of wildly popular Brazilian comic books, which artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967) grew up reading. This complex figure—conceived as an instrument of capitalist diplomacy but by now also a national symbol—has inspired several bodies of her work.

Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

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Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread

September 13, 2016 - December 11, 2016

Davis Gallery

Born in Culiacán, Mexico, Teresa Margolles works in photography, video, sculpture, and performance. Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread expands on her exploration of violence through a new series of textiles involving the unprecedented participation of artist-embroiderers from Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.

Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread was organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Patrice Giasson, the Alex Gordon Associate Curator of the Art of the Americas.

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A Usable Past: American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art

July 9, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Lower Jette Galleries, Upper Jette Galleries

A Usable Past features highlights of the Museum’s extensive holdings of folk art of the United States, including many artworks from the American Heritage collection of Edith and Ellerton Jetté–one of the earliest collections to enter the Colby College Museum of Art.

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Weather vanes and trade signs made by skilled artisans once added notes of whimsy to otherwise mundane streets and farms. This exhibition of outstanding American weather vanes and trade signs gives viewers a glimpse of the rich visual complexity of ordinary public spaces in the United States during the long nineteenth century.

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William Kentridge: Tango for Page Turning

June 14, 2016 - August 21, 2016

Davis Gallery

South African artist William Kentridge produces stop-motion animations from photographs of his charcoal drawings and collages. A film fragment made for a related theatrical production, Tango for Page Turning (2012) was inspired by Kentridge’s conversations with science historian Peter Galison.

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Picasso: The Vollard Suite

June 2, 2016 - August 21, 2016

Davis Gallery

Selections from Picasso’s Vollard Suite—the artist’s most significant cycle of etchings and a hallmark of twentieth century modernist printmaking—will be on view to celebrate the recent gift of the entire suite by Peter and Paula Lunder.

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From Stage To Page: Shakespeare in German Expressionist Prints

May 5, 2016 - September 4, 2016

Lower Jette Galleries

This exhibition of German Expressionist prints illustrating scenes from plays by William Shakespeare is drawn from Shakespeare Visionen–a 1918 print folio published in Munich. Curated by Colby College students enrolled in Professor Laurie Osborne's course Global Shakespeares, the exhibition includes woodcuts, lithographs, and intaglio prints by Max Beckman, Oskar Kokoschka, Theodor Heine and others, and demonstrates how Shakespeare’s emotionally complex characters and theatrical situations inspire rich comparisons across cultures and historical periods.  Curated by Lev Pinkus ’17, Sophie Kaplan ’19, Lainey Curtis ’18, and Rachel Bird ’18 with support from the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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