Darkness Visible: Goya Prints from the Lunder Collection

September 13, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Lower Jette Galleries

In the last years of the eighteenth century, the Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) conceived a series of prints guided solely, he professed, by his imagination. Los Caprichos, or the Caprices, is the whimsical title Goya gave to his project, yet the series’ images are far from lighthearted. For Goya, an artist beholden to the Spanish court, printmaking was a means of elucidating the human condition on his own terms during an era of revolution and tumult. Goya Prints from the Lunder Collection includes a bound volume of Los Caprichos, a new digital interface providing images of each of the etchings in the series, and a nineteenth-century commentary on the work accompanied by an English translation.

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Nancy Spero: Unbound

September 13, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Lower Jette Galleries

For more than five decades, Nancy Spero (1926–2009) pioneered a feminist art practice that fiercely defied the social expectations imposed on women. Using a lexicon of appropriated imagery, Spero envisioned, as she observed in 1987, “all manner of processions, conflicts, interruptions and disruptions.” Her hybrid artworks made in protest against war and in celebration of the liberated female body constitute Nancy Spero: Unbound, an exhibition organized in conjunction with a concurrent presentation of Francisco de Goya’s prints, which Spero first encountered as an aspiring young artist.

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1968: “Sensitive Humanity” and Black Radicalism

September 11, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Davis Gallery

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1968 resistance movements, this exhibition will present photography of the Black Panther movement taken by Ruth Marion-Baruch and Pirkle Jones. This exhibition is co-curated by Chandra Bhimull, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies at Colby College.

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This exhibition celebrates the transformative gift of the Norma Boom Marin Collection of German Expressionist Prints. An extraordinary collection of twenty-eight prints, many of them brilliant or rare impressions, it spans the years 1907 through 1924, when artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner were working at the top of their form.

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Modern Wonder: The John Marin Collection

June 5, 2018 - August 19, 2018

Davis Gallery

John Marin looked at the towering skyscrapers and bustling streets of Manhattan, the rollicking waters and windy coast of Maine and saw great forces at work. Large or small, manmade or natural, Marin embraced these forces and made their expression the focus of his painting and printmaking. Pulled from one of the largest collections of the artist’s works in the world, Modern Wonder covers the length and breadth of Marin’s career.

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American farmers commonly installed decorative weathervanes on the rooftops of their houses and barns. This exhibition of outstanding weathervanes from a private New England collection affords us the opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of these charming objects.

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2018 Senior Exhibition

May 10, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Davis Gallery

Seniors studying studio art have spent all year working on capstone projects in disciplines that include printmaking, photography, painting, and sculpture. This show serves as the culmination of their studies. An exhibition catalogue containing images, artist’s statements, and analyses of works in the show written by students in AR356 will also be available. 

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Contemporary Highlights

April 10, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Lower Jette Galleries

This installation features select recent acquisitions presented alongside works by artists long represented in the Museum’s collection. Study for the Origin of the Species (after Darwin), a suite of drawings by Tim Rollins + K.O.S., will be shown in remembrance of Rollins, a native of central Maine who died in late 2017.

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City of Ambition: Photography from the Collection

February 15, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Gourley Gallery

Taking its name from the Alfred Stieglitz photograph on view in the exhibition, City of Ambition not only examines urban spaces but also looks beyond them to consider the resources and infrastructures which serve and sustain them. Among the photographers featured are Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Berenice Abbott, Imogen Cunningham, and Richard Misrach.

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