Susan Hiller: The J. Street Project

March 3, 2011 - June 12, 2011

Davis Gallery

After noticing a street in Berlin called Judenstrasse (Jews Street) in 2002, the artist Susan Hiller spent three years attempting to document all the places in Germany whose names still showed evidence of their former Jewish inhabitants. The J. Street Project includes an installation of 303 photographs, a 67-minute video, and a map and book documenting these sites.

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The Colby College Museum of Art presents five world-class works of art from The Joan Whitney Payson Collection, on biennial loan from the Portland Museum of Art, exhibited in conjunction with works from the Colby Museum’s collection.  This impressive collection includes paintings by Gustave Courbet, Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Alfred Sisley.

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Alex Katz: Drawings

January 27, 2011 - October 2, 2011

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

Selected from the Alex Katz Collection, this exhibition offers an overview of Alex Katz’s drawing practice, from ink sketches to carefully finished graphite drawings constituted by the effects of light and pose.

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Clemens Kalischer: Displaced Persons

January 13, 2011 - June 12, 2011

Upper Jette Galleries

In 1947 and 1948, Clemens Kalischer (b. 1921, Germany) photographed World War II refugees from Europe as they awaited immigration processing in New York City. These photographs became Kalischer’s Displaced Persons series, one of his first assignments as a young photojournalist. Having entered the United States via the same route in 1942, Kalischer understood his subjects well. Drawn from the Lunder Collection, this selection from the series shows travelers in varying states of weariness and expectancy at the threshold of a new life.

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Scott Reed: Characters

January 13, 2011 - March 20, 2011

Upper Jette Galleries

Associate Professor of Art Scott Reed describes the imagery in his ink drawings as comprising “Worlds within worlds, personalities within personalities, characters all.”

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Little Elegies: The Art of Nineteenth-Century Mourning

November 18, 2010 - October 2, 2011

De Ferrari Gallery

Drawn from the Museum’s collections, this exhibition presents paintings, texts, and objects created to assuage grief, memorialize the dead, and remind viewers of religious beliefs during a period when death was an ever-present part of American life.

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currents6: Gina Siepel

November 4, 2010 - February 13, 2011

Davis Gallery

The currents series provides solo exhibition opportunities for emerging artists with connections to Maine. currents 6presents process- and performance-based works by Gina Siepel, including the artist’s hand-built river workboat based on the traditional bateau and video documentation of her trips along the Kennebec River with a series of “guides”—individuals invited by the artist to share their expertise and personal reflections on the river. The exhibition also features Siepel’s photographic restagings of Winslow Homer’s iconic images of wilderness guides and videos exploring often overlooked historic markers and their surrounding environments. Commissioned by the Colby Museum, the installation by Siepel—a graduate of the Maine College of Art and alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture—reconsiders the artist’s role in society and creates what she describes as “living links” to the past.

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Fall Faculty Exhibition

November 4, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Upper Jette Galleries

The Fall Faculty Exhibition presents an opportunity to view recent work by Colby College faculty members Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Maggie Libby, Harriett Matthews, Abbott Meader, Nancy Meader, Garry Mitchell, and Scott Reed.

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