Marsden Hartley’s Maine

July 8, 2017 - November 12, 2017

Lower Jette Galleries, Upper Jette Galleries

This exhibition will explore Marsden Hartley’s complex, sometimes contradictory, and visually arresting relationship with his native state—from the lush Post-Impressionist inland landscapes with which he launched his career, to the later roughly rendered paintings of Maine’s rugged coastal terrain, its hardy inhabitants, and the magisterial Mount Katahdin.

The exhibition is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation, Bank of America, Betsy Cohen and Edward Cohen/Aretê Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Everett P. and Florence H. Turner Exhibition Fund.

A grant from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art has supported the Colby College Museum of Art’s scholarly contributions to the exhibition catalogue published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Marsden Hartley’s Maine is organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Robert Indiana: Placeholder

June 16, 2017 - August 27, 2017

William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

In 1978, facing eviction from his long-time studio in lower Manhattan, Robert Indiana (born 1928) relocated to the island of Vinalhaven, located in Maine’s Penobscot Bay. Robert Indiana: Placeholder features select prints from this moment that navigate the intersections of history, autobiography, and personal memory, including work inspired by Marsden Hartley’s German Officer paintings. It is organized as a complement to Marsden Hartley’s Maine.

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Visionary Painting: Curated by Alex Katz

June 1, 2017 - August 27, 2017

Davis Gallery

A summer resident of Maine since the mid-1950s, Alex Katz (born 1927) considers Marsden Hartley a “visionary painter” who has exerted a strong influence on his own career. This exhibition, curated by Katz, brings together an array of works by international artists to further illuminate Hartley’s legacy in postwar and contemporary art.

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Graphic Matters: George Bellows and World War I

February 9, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Gourley Gallery

Of the more than 170 lithographs that American artist George Bellows (1882–1925) produced between 1916 and 1924, twenty belong to his “War Series.” Graphic Matters reflects on the centennial of American entry into World War I by reexamining Bellows’s prints for the timely questions they raise about representation, aestheticized and institutionalized violence, nationalism, and masculinity.

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Highlights from the Permanent Collection

The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, Lunder Wing

This exhibition showcases the reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent collection galleries and the integration of works from the Lunder Collection with the Museum’s core holdings. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, this display reflects the Museum’s ongoing commitment to a comprehensive representation of American art from the nineteenth century through the present.

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