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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Chuck Close: Self Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000

May 1, 2008 - September 21, 2008

Lower Jette Galleries

Chuck Close has been making self-portraits since the late 1960s. These efforts are invariably based on photographs that he makes of himself and famously translates into paintings, drawings, prints, and other media—typically a methodical, labor-intensive process. His investment in such processes forms the subject of his Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000, a set of twenty-five prints that illustrates the steps required to produce a single, twelve-color etching. It is also the focus of this exhibition, which uses that portfolio as a lens through which to examine the intersections and parallels that structure Close’s artistic ideas. Accompanied by a full-color catalogue featuring a new interview with the artist. Organized in conjunction with the Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University and The Mead Art Museum, Amherst College.

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April 14, 2008 - May 18, 2008

Theater Gallery

During a recent one-week residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, Assistant Professor of Art Robin Mandel created computer-controlled kinetic mechanisms capable of producing viewer-activated thunder, lightning, wind, and rain simulations. Mandel’s Storm, installed in the museum’s Theater Gallery, brings these mechanisms together to create an electrifying thunderstorm.

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Joan Whitney Payson Collection

February 17, 2008 - June 1, 2008

Lunder Wing

The Colby College Museum of Art presents seven world-class works of art from the Joan Whitney Payson Collection, on bi-annual loan from the Portland Museum of Art. This impressive collection includes paintings by Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Alfred Sisley.

Above image courtesy of the following: Susan Mary Alsop, Robert D. Barton and Nancy Hemenway Barton, Deborah and George Brett, Mrs. Howard S. Cowan, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W.H. Dodge, Leon Gorman, Mrs. Hugh G. Hallward, Austin and Ellen Higgins, Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. McCorkle, Elizabeth B. Noyce, John G. Ordway, Parker Poe Charitable Trust, Mrs. Jefferson Patterson, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Risley, Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation, Mrs. Nicholas Strekalovsky, Mrs. Stuart Symington, UNUM Charitable Foundation, Friend of the Collection, five anonymous donors, and through funds generated by a gift from the estate of Francis and Marion Libby, 1991.61

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