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.

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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.

For more information about the Maine Folk Art Trail visit
www.mainefolkarttrail.com

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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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Together Anew: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions in Context

June 1, 2008 - August 17, 2008

Davis Gallery, Upper Jette Galleries

Together Anew presents a selection of contemporary paintings, drawings, and prints recently acquired by the Colby College Museum of Art through the generosity of donors, alongside other selections from the collection. Stylistically diverse, the works in the exhibition epitomize the plurality of recent art production while suggesting a range of art historical alliances.

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Gabriella De Ferrari, a distinguished curator, art historian, and writer, served as the founding chair of the Colby College Museum of Art’s Board of Governors. She has also been instrumental in developing the museum’s contemporary collection, helping to establish a thriving program for the support and study of new art. In recognition of the honorary Doctor of Letters bestowed by Colby College upon Gabriella De Ferrari on May 25, 2008, this exhibition presents a selection of works that became part of the collection through her vision, guidance, and generosity.

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Off the Wall – Senior Art Exhibition

May 8, 2008 - May 25, 2008

Davis Gallery, Upper Jette Galleries

The 2008 Senior Art Exhibition presents artwork in a variety of media by Colby Studio Art majors

Featured artists: Natalie Clay, Julia Deutsch, Eric Hansen, Catherine Jensen, Alyssa Lee, Angela Martinelli, Elizabeth Mortati, Sarah Parrish, Julia Stuebing, Kathryn Tom, and Kate Yedinak

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The College Collection as Kunstkammer

May 2, 2008 - May 25, 2008

Upper Jette Galleries

Curated by Justine Ludwig ’08

The Kunstkammer (art chamber), an exhibition space popular in the 16th through 18th centuries in Europe, allowed for the juxtaposition of cultures and time periods. Rather than organizing objects according to era, the display’s goal was an aesthetic conversation meant to reveal truths about the universe. This exhibition presents a range of works drawn from the permanent holdings of the Colby College Museum of Art in a manner reminiscent of Kunstkammern, and, in so doing, it explores the eclectic nature of the collection.

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