Robert Indiana: Placeholder

June 16, 2017 - August 27, 2017

William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

In 1978, facing eviction from his long-time studio in lower Manhattan, Robert Indiana (born 1928) relocated to the island of Vinalhaven, located in Maine’s Penobscot Bay. Robert Indiana: Placeholder features select prints from this moment that navigate the intersections of history, autobiography, and personal memory, including work inspired by Marsden Hartley’s German Officer paintings. It is organized as a complement to Marsden Hartley’s Maine.

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Visionary Painting: Curated by Alex Katz

June 1, 2017 - August 27, 2017

Davis Gallery

A summer resident of Maine since the mid-1950s, Alex Katz (born 1927) considers Marsden Hartley a “visionary painter” who has exerted a strong influence on his own career. This exhibition, curated by Katz, brings together an array of works by international artists to further illuminate Hartley’s legacy in postwar and contemporary art.

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Anna Jermolaewa: Leninopad

February 14, 2017 - April 26, 2017

Davis Gallery

In the summer of 2015, Anna Jermolaewa traveled throughout Ukraine documenting empty or repurposed pedestals that had once displayed statues of Vladimir Lenin. Leninopad, or “Leninfall”—a term coined to describe the systematic toppling of monuments to the revolutionary leader—was the most visible manifestation of the state-instituted process of “decommunization” introduced in Ukraine by government decree in May of 2015. Anna Jermolaewa: Leninopad focuses on the video component of Jermolaewa’s Leninopad project.

Anna Jermolaewa: Leninopad is presented in conjunction with the 2016–17 theme of “Revolutions” organized by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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Graphic Matters: George Bellows and World War I

February 9, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Gourley Gallery

Of the more than 170 lithographs that American artist George Bellows (1882–1925) produced between 1916 and 1924, twenty belong to his “War Series.” Graphic Matters reflects on the centennial of American entry into World War I by reexamining Bellows’s prints for the timely questions they raise about representation, aestheticized and institutionalized violence, nationalism, and masculinity.

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No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki

February 4, 2017 - June 4, 2017

Lower Jette Galleries, Upper Jette Galleries

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is the first American retrospective of this pioneering Chinese-French artist. Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) immigrated to Paris in 1948 and soon took the international art world by storm. Renowned for the fluidity with which he moved between European modernism and Chinese aesthetics, Zao’s work is distinguished by his unique approach to abstraction.

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is co-organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and Asia Society Museum, New York. The exhibition is cocurated by Dr. Melissa Walt, Research Associate, Colby College; Dr. Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, Colby College; and Michelle Yun, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society.

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In the Studio: Picasso’s Vollard Suite

September 15, 2016 - February 5, 2017

Gourley Gallery

The Vollard Suite (1930–37) is the most significant prints series made by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Containing one hundred etchings, a selection of which are on view, it was commissioned by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard in Paris. Inspired by his work in sculpture, Picasso made the relationship between artist and model in the sculptor’s studio the suite’s central theme.

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Since 1961 the character of Zé Carioca has starred in a series of wildly popular Brazilian comic books, which artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967) grew up reading. This complex figure—conceived as an instrument of capitalist diplomacy but by now also a national symbol—has inspired several bodies of her work.

Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

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