Colby Museum Exhibitions
- Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt – Drawn primarily from The Lunder Collection, this exhibition highlights Mary Cassatt’s creative process and her fearless experimentation. The experimental nature of these prints, combined with an attention on modern urban women, made these works quite unusual in their time. Yet, today, those very qualities of domesticity, intimacy, and privacy could be seen as reinforcing stereotypes of women. This exhibition invites viewers to reflect on how we each experience family, caregiving, and identity in our own lives, and to explore Cassatt’s extraordinary capacity to evoke mood, feeling, and setting.
- Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960 – Co-organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, this exhibition tells the story of an ambitious young artist who experimented with materials and processes, critiqued social mores and mythic conceptions of US history through his satirical artworks, and ultimately found fame by helping to launch a global art movement. It reveals a largely unacknowledged through line, linking Lichtenstein’s early riffs on history painting and representations of the American West, folk art, and gestural abstraction to the later Pop paintings for which he is best known.
- Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing – This is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by the London-based artist Hew Locke. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1959, but raised in Guyana—a British colony until 1970—Locke often sailed between the UK and South America during his childhood. Across a wide range of media, he considers the maritime vectors of mercantilism, colonialism, post-colonialism, migration, and diaspora.
- Senior Exhibition 2020 – Colby College’s virtual Senior Show commemorates the work of 2020 graduating studio art majors. In a typical year these works would be displayed in the Davis Gallery at the Colby Museum, but this year has been anything but typical. Congratulations, class of 2020! Your hard work and creativity inspire us all.
These online exhibitions were developed from research conducted by faculty and students at Colby College. Many of these exhibitions link to physical exhibitions and were assignments in specific courses. These exhibitions provide an opportunity to consider objects in the Colby College Museum of Art in the context of other collections.
- SomeWHERE – Visions from Chinese and Taiwanese Artists in Maine