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COLORS: Contemporary Color Photography Opens at Colby Museum
Since the 1970s, color photography has been gaining legitimacy in an art world previously dominated by the black-and-white print. Through April 23, the Colby College Museum of Art will exhibit color photographs including images ranging from William Christenberry's small-scale photographs of Alabama gas stations to Elke Morris's recent shots of run-down Maine tenement buildings. COLORS: Contemporary Color Photography includes 29 works by 12 American photographers.
Elke Morris, a Bates College professor, creates photographs of aging buildings in Maines industrial towns. Her large-scale prints capture these decaying architectural sites with the precision of a scientific specimen, while her purposefully blurring of parts of the scene gives her photographs a surreal quality.
"It is a pleasure to be able to bring together some of the strongest photography being done in the state today and show it alongside photographs from the museums permanent collection," said the exhibition's curator, Lunder Curator of American Art Sharon Corwin. Colby's collection includes prints from the promised gift of Dr. William Tsiaras '68 and Nancy Meyer Tsiaras '68, and recent acquisitions in the medium.
Among other artists included are Maine-based Thomas Birtwistle; painter, photographer and printmaker Chuck Close; photojournalist and chronicler of youth culture Lauren Greenfield; Portland landscape photographer Scott Peterman; Robert Polidori, who focuses on urban architecture; and William Wegman, creator of recognizable Weimaraner portraits.
The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities.
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