Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break

July 10, 2010 - October 17, 2010

Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Gallery, Booth Ferris Foundation Gallery, Cohen Gallery, Davis Gallery, Mirken Gallery, Shore Gallery, Turner Gallery, Upper Jette Galleries

In 2008, Los Angeles-based artist Sharon Lockhart spent the year in Maine visiting factories, farms, and industrial sites. One of these sites was the Bath Iron Works, where for a period of several months she observed and engaged with workers, forging collaborative relationships throughout the shipyard. The films and photographs produced from this experience focus on these workers during their midday break.

The exhibition includes the films Lunch Break and Exit, as well as three series of photographs. For the exhibition at the Colby Museum, Lockhart, in collaboration with the architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena, has selected a group of works by other artists and artisans that will be displayed in conjunction with works from the Lunch Break project. Additions to the exhibition are drawn from the Colby Museum’s collection, other Maine museums, and private lenders. The dialogues that emerge from this evocative constellation of works offer viewers the opportunity to question conventional conceptions of art, craft, and work and their relationships to each other and everyday life.

Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break is organized by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Presentation of the exhibition at Colby College is co-organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

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Will Barnet: New York Drawings & Prints, the 1930s

July 10, 2010 - October 31, 2010

Gourley Gallery

In 1930, at the age of nineteen, Will Barnet moved to New York City from his native Massachusetts to study at the Art Students League. The young artist responded to the city by exploring it on foot, preferring long walks to the stuffiness and darkness of his rented rooms. New York’s Central Park became Barnet’s refuge, a place where he slept on hot summer nights and where he quickly and discreetly drew the people he encountered. This exhibition presents a group of Barnet’s Central Park drawings from the 1930s as well as a selection of related prints made from the copper plates that he carried in his pockets and etched on site. Many of these works have remained in the artist’s possession and have never been exhibited. Created during the Depression, the drawings and prints describe a world of human intimacy and affection thoroughly removed from the époque’s harsh realities. In the verdant oasis of Central Park, which Barnet remembers as the people’s “front yard,” he captured figures in repose, embracing couples, mothers and children, and everyday people so deeply absorbed in conversation that they rarely noticed the artist in their midst.

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Collecting Winslow Homer

June 26, 2010 - October 31, 2010

De Ferrari Gallery

Winslow Homer’s The Trapper, a painting from 1870, is one of the founding artworks of the Colby Museum’s collection. Its principal subject—man in harmony with nature—satisfied the desire among American collectors of the late 19th century for paintings that offered an alternative to the urban realities of industrialism. Drawn mostly from the Colby Museum’s permanent holdings, Collecting Winslow Homer presents this and other works by the artist in acknowledgement of the centenary of his death. Including examples from the full range of media in Homer’s oeuvre, the exhibition demonstrates the remarkable achievement of a largely self-taught artist who began his career as a popular illustrator and spent his last years on Maine’s Prouts Neck peninsula, creating visionary images of the American landscape. Of the 16 works in the exhibition, 11 are drawn from the Lunder Collection, which was promised to the Colby Museum in 2007.

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Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

June 1, 2010 - October 7, 2011

Lower Jette Galleries

On view this summer is a dynamic group of new acquisitions in a wide range of media, including paintings by Bob Thompson, David Salle, Helmut Federle, and Nicole Wittenberg, all gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation; print purchases by Julie Mehretu, Vija Celmins, and Lee Bontecou made possible by Lindsay Leard Coolidge ’78; sculptures by Louise Nevelson and Kiki Smith from the Lunder Collection; and a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois on loan from Barbara and Ted Alfond.

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The Search for Beauty: Whistler and His Time

May 20, 2010 - January 28, 2011

Theater Gallery

A leading figure of the Aesthetic movement, James McNeill Whistler valued beauty and “art for art’s sake.” Primarily composed of works from the Lunder Collection, this exhibition considers Whistler in the context of other 19th-century artists who similarly embraced Aesthetic ideals.

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Senior Art Exhibition

May 6, 2010 - May 23, 2010

Lower Jette Galleries

The annual Senior Art Exhibition brings together art by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in their media.

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Losang Samten: Sacred Sand Mandala

April 4, 2010 - April 13, 2010

Lower Jette Galleries

This will be the third visit of the Venerable Losang Samten, renowned Tibetan scholar and sand mandala painter.  During his stay, Samten will create a sand mandala, which will be ritualistically dismantled at a closing ceremony.  Related events:

Lecture: Wednesday, April 7, 6 p.m., Given Auditorium

Meditation: Saturday, April 10, 12 p.m., Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz

Dismantling Ceremony: Tuesday, April 13, 3:30 p.m., Lower Jetté Gallery

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Photographs from the Collection of Norma B. Marin

March 25, 2010 - April 3, 2011

Southeast Gallery

Organized in collaboration with Gary M. Green, Assistant Professor of Art, this exhibition will present black-and-white photographs by American modernists from the collection of Norma B. Marin. Featured artists include Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Stieglitz, and Paul Strand, among others.

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Garry Mitchell: New Work

March 25, 2010 - April 30, 2010

Lower Jette Galleries

Colby Assistant Professor of Art Garry Mitchell presents new paintings on panel generated through an intuitive arrangement of forms, shapes, and colors. Prof. Mitchell’s paintings are composed of delicately rendered and layered abstractions that emerge through what the artist’s describes as “excavations,” when he releases “new shapes or networks from the wet surface.”

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Curated by Julie Levin Caro, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art History

This exhibition considers a range of responses by African American artists to social, political, and aesthetic concerns. The artworks address racism and the legacy of slavery, document and celebrate African American culture and experience, and explore abstract and conceptual modes of representation. The exhibition features works by Edward M. Bannister, Romare Bearden, Allan R. Crite, David Driskell, Sam Gilliam, William H. Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Glenn Ligon, Alison Saar, Henry O. Tanner, James VanDerZee, Charles White, Fred Wilson, and others.

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