An exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art curated by President William D. Adams opens Tuesday, Feb. 14. Rediscoveries 2, drawn from the permanent collection, explores “the blighted urban landscape” and “the powerful and unexpected beauty that often resides in such places.”

The exhibition series Rediscoveries invites members of the Colby community to select and arrange artwork from the permanent collection.

In the second installment, Adams offers a meditation on the blighted urban landscape. Focusing on spaces associated with labor, the exhibition takes as its centerpiece a group of newly acquired photographs by Andrew Moore. Through these and other works depicting factories, gas stations, landfills, deserted alleys and houses, and classrooms, viewers discover the powerful and unexpected beauty that often resides in such places.

An advocate of liberal arts education, Adams graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College in 1972. He subsequently spent a year in France as a Fulbright Scholar and earned a Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz.