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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Gary Green

February 7, 2008 - March 23, 2008

Teaching Gallery, Theater Gallery

Gary Green joins the Colby College Art Department this year as professor of photography. Green’s sensitive images of the common landscape draw connections between human nature and the natural world. His photographs of carved and weathered tree bark, like human skin, tell stories of manmade encounters and natural phenomena. Decaying houses, cleared lots, and bulldozed dirt piles reveal the forces and events that create the history of nature.

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Adolph Gottlieb: Paintings and Early Prints

February 3, 2008 - April 13, 2008

Upper Jette Galleries

Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) was an early member of the Abstract Expressionist movement and an intensely productive painter, printmaker, and sculptor who created an immense body of work during his 50-year career. Primarily self-taught as a painter and printmaker, Gottlieb aimed to synthesize an intellectual approach to painting with his own emotional experience. This exhibition, featuring a 1950 pictograph by the artist given to the Colby Museum by the Alex Katz Foundation, brings together 50 early prints and paintings, which demonstrate Gottlieb’s significant contribution to the changing face of American art at mid-century.

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