Experimental Geography

February 21, 2010 - June 6, 2010

Upper Jette Galleries

The manifestations of “experimental geography” (a term coined by geographer Trevor Paglen in 2002) run the gamut of contemporary art practice today: sewn cloth cities that spill out of suitcases, bus tours through water treatment centers, performers climbing up the sides of buildings, and sound works capturing the buzz of electric waves on the power grid. The exhibition presents a panoptic view of this new practice, through a wide range of mediums including sound and video installations, photography, sculpture, and experimental cartography.

Artists in the exhibition: Francis Alÿs, AREA Chicago, The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), The Center for Urban  Pedagogy  (CUP), e-Xplo, Ilana Halperin, kanarinka (Catherine D’lgnazio), Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, Lize Mogel, Multiplicity, Trevor Paglen, Raqs Media Collective, Ellen Rothenberg, Spurse, Deborah Stratman, Daniel Tucker, Alex Villar, Yin Xiuzhen.

Experimental Geography is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York. The guest curator for the exhibition is Nato Thompson. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the iCI Advocates, the iCI Partners, Gerrit L. and Sydie Lansing, and Barbara and John Robinson.

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All Puns Intended: Wordplay and Visual Imagery in China

January 28, 2010 - March 24, 2010

Teaching Gallery

Curated by Laure-Helene Caseau ’10, Kai Chen ’13, and Andrew Rosseau ’11, with Ankeney Weitz, Associate Professor of Art and East Asian Studies

Chinese decorative art mostly consists of auspicious imagery, including many varieties of flowers—especially hibiscus, peony, and lotus—and animals like bats, dragons, cranes, and bees. By joining several images together, Chinese artists inscribed clever puns or rebuses upon the surfaces of objects and paintings. Understanding the images in this exhibition will depend on a special kind of reading in which the sound of the symbol’s name rhymes with the sound of another word or phrase.

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Myths and Metamorphosis

November 3, 2009 - January 17, 2010

Teaching Gallery

Curated by Kerill O’Neill, Julian D. Taylor Associate Professor of Classics

This exhibition is part of the Metamorphoses Project, a series of programs and courses engaging the Colby and Waterville communities around the theme of myth and its ongoing importance in contemporary life. Works in the exhibition are drawn from the museum collections of Colby and Bowdoin colleges.

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The Colby College Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with a museum-wide exhibition of its collection. Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art features artworks from the museum’s collections of American, European, Asian, and contemporary art, and is accompanied by an audio tour and a richly illustrated book of collection highlights, with essays by a wide range of scholars and artists.

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