Whistler and Printmaking

March 8, 2007 - September 9, 2007

Gourley Gallery

Curated by David P. Becker

Printmaking was central to the artistic practice of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). While he achieved fame as a painter, he was also an extremely serious and innovative printmaker, producing some 450 etchings and about 180 lithographs over the course of his career. His imagery and the technical means that he developed for etching and for printing plates influenced not only his fellow printmakers in Europe and America but also many others who followed. This exhibition comprises another selection of prints, never previously exhibited at the museum, from a major collection of Whistler prints on loan to the Colby College Museum of Art.

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Bernard Langlais: Abstractions and Reliefs

March 4, 2007 - July 1, 2007

Upper Jette Galleries

While working in New York in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Maine-born artist Bernard Langlais (1921-1977) began to explore the medium of wood relief. Using found wooden objects and scraps, Langlais developed a unique style of “painting with wood,” creating complex works that are as viscerally stirring as they are familiar and mundane. This exhibition presents 24 of these evocative, early wood reliefs.

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Losang Samten: Sacred Sand Mandala

February 4, 2007 - February 16, 2007

Lower Jette Galleries

Artist and former Buddhist monk Losang Samten made an impression on more than 2,000 museum visitors when he created a sand mandala at Colby in the fall of 2005. He’s coming back, and this year his mandala — an elaborate circular “painting” made by pouring colored sand — will be larger and more detailed. He will also lead a meditation and speak on a panel with members of the Colby faculty. All events are free and open to the public.

Watch the sand mandla being created and dismantled:Quicktime | Flash video

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African-American Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection

February 1, 2007 - March 11, 2007

Theater Gallery

In honor of Black History Month, the Colby College Museum of Art brings together a selection of works from the permanent collection by important African-American artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Kara Walker. Accompanying these works in the Museum’s Theater Gallery is the film “Against the Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance.” This documentary tells the story of this passionately creative movement of the 1920s and 30s and the powerful impact it had on American art and society.

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Harmony: Modern Japanese Prints

January 30, 2007 - March 18, 2007

Teaching Gallery

Curated by Students in the Asian Museum Workshop

Organized by students in the Asian Museum Workshop, this exhibition explores Japan’s struggle to achieve its own identity during 19th and 20th centuries. With a steady increase of Western influences during an era of World Wars, the Japanese esteem for Wa (harmony) was critically important in maintaining a dialogue between East and West. The prints in this exhibition illustrate Japanese artists’ willingness to infuse their aesthetic sensibilities with those of the West to find a balance between tradition and modernity.

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Harriett Matthews: Recent Drawings and Sculpture

January 7, 2007 - February 18, 2007

Upper Jette Galleries

This solo exhibition by Harriett Matthews, Professor of Art at Colby, brings together 45 recent drawings and sculptures by the artist, spanning the past 6 years of her work. Matthews, who has been teaching at Colby since 1966, works primarily with welded steel and bronze. Her fascination with the landscape and ancient architecture of Greece is manifested in her delicate pencil drawings, classically-influenced reliefs, and monumental sculptural forms.

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currents3: Lihua Lei

November 16, 2006 - February 4, 2007

Davis Gallery

Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator and Gregory Williams, Assistant Director for Operations

Lihua Lei’s work explores the sense of bounty and loss inherent to our bodily condition. Working in the gap between the figurative and the abstract, Lei uses diverse materials to allude to the body: a pool of carnelian colored thread suggests blood; a tube of cloth winds through the landscape like an esophagus or a birthing canal; a tree’s knotty irregularities imply scars, burns, or tumors upon a torso. For currents3, Lei explores memory as a bodily phenomenon, exemplified by the phantom limb. How does our body remember, or feel, what it has lost? Lei’s installation invites the viewer to reflect upon the vulnerabilities and transformations of the body.

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Alex Katz Woodcuts and Linocuts

October 12, 2006 - January 28, 2007

The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz

Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator

As the Colby College Museum of Art’s contribution to The Maine Print Project, Alex Katz: Woodcuts and Linocuts takes a retrospective look at the artist’s work in these print media. Katz has been a regular summer resident in Maine since he first attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the early 1950s. Katz’s woodcuts and linocuts, usually composed of one, two, or three layers of color, exhibit the qualities of directness, simplification, and distillation that characterize his work across media.

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