Seeing Otherwise

October 16, 2018 - November 4, 2018

Teaching Gallery

As invoked in its name, Seeing Otherwise invites visual inquiry and discovery to challenge
representations of migration and mobility in art. Featuring works by Romare Bearden, Phong
Bui, Lalla Essaydi, Whitfield Lovell, Meleko Mokgosi, Richard Mosse, Fred Wilson, Leo
Rubinfien, and Alfred Stieglitz, Seeing Otherwise explores relationships between displacement,
reinvention, presence, absence, identity, and memory. This exhibition is curated by Catherine
Besteman, Chloé Powers ‘19, and Caroline Webb ‘19.

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Torkwase Dyson: Nautical Dusk

October 4, 2018 - January 6, 2019

William D. Adams Gallery

At the invitation of the Museum, the New Jersey–based artist Torkwase Dyson visited Waterville to consult archival materials related to Samuel Osborne (c. 1833–1904). Born into slavery on a Virginia plantation, Osborne migrated to Maine in 1865 and served as a Colby College janitor from 1867 to 1903. In the works she produced for Nautical Dusk, Dyson combines simple geometric forms infused with metaphorical associations found in obituaries of Osborne written by unnamed white authors.

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Currents 8: Carly Glovinski

September 25, 2018 - February 17, 2019

Gladys Brooks Foundation Gallery, Gourley Gallery

For the eighth installment of the Currents series, Carly Glovinski has created a two-part exhibition on view concurrently at the Colby Museum and the Waterville Public Library. Presented alongside her installations of painted, cast, and woven sculptures is contextual source material, including artworks from the Lunder Collection and library books awaiting readers.

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Darkness Visible: Goya Prints from the Lunder Collection

September 13, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Lower Jette Galleries

In the last years of the eighteenth century, the Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) conceived a series of prints guided solely, he professed, by his imagination. Los Caprichos, or the Caprices, is the whimsical title Goya gave to his project, yet the series’ images are far from lighthearted. For Goya, an artist beholden to the Spanish court, printmaking was a means of elucidating the human condition on his own terms during an era of revolution and tumult. Goya Prints from the Lunder Collection includes a bound volume of Los Caprichos, a new digital interface providing images of each of the etchings in the series, and a nineteenth-century commentary on the work accompanied by an English translation.

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Nancy Spero: Unbound

September 13, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Lower Jette Galleries

For more than five decades, Nancy Spero (1926–2009) pioneered a feminist art practice that fiercely defied the social expectations imposed on women. Using a lexicon of appropriated imagery, Spero envisioned, as she observed in 1987, “all manner of processions, conflicts, interruptions and disruptions.” Her hybrid artworks made in protest against war and in celebration of the liberated female body constitute Nancy Spero: Unbound, an exhibition organized in conjunction with a concurrent presentation of Francisco de Goya’s prints, which Spero first encountered as an aspiring young artist.

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1968: “Sensitive Humanity” and Black Radicalism

September 11, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Davis Gallery

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1968 resistance movements, this exhibition will present photography of the Black Panther movement taken by Ruth Marion-Baruch and Pirkle Jones. This exhibition is co-curated by Chandra Bhimull, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies at Colby College.

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This exhibition celebrates the transformative gift of the Norma Boom Marin Collection of German Expressionist Prints. An extraordinary collection of twenty-eight prints, many of them brilliant or rare impressions, it spans the years 1907 through 1924, when artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner were working at the top of their form.

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Modern Wonder: The John Marin Collection

June 5, 2018 - August 19, 2018

Davis Gallery

John Marin looked at the towering skyscrapers and bustling streets of Manhattan, the rollicking waters and windy coast of Maine and saw great forces at work. Large or small, manmade or natural, Marin embraced these forces and made their expression the focus of his painting and printmaking. Pulled from one of the largest collections of the artist’s works in the world, Modern Wonder covers the length and breadth of Marin’s career.

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American farmers commonly installed decorative weathervanes on the rooftops of their houses and barns. This exhibition of outstanding weathervanes from a private New England collection affords us the opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of these charming objects.

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