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The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, will present Artists Talk: Selections from the Skowhegan Lecture Archive July 11 through October 3. The exhibit is curated by Sharon Corwin, Lunder Curator of American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art. Celebrating the newly formed Skowhegan Lecture Archive, the exhibition will present a selection of recorded lectures by artists whose work is in Colby’s permanent collection and who are represented in Contemporary Highlights from the Permanent Collection, on view May 30 through October 31 at the museum.
Artists Talk will include recorded lectures by Willard Cummings, David Hockney, Yvonne Jacquette, Alex Katz, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Murray, Louise Nevelson, Richard Serra, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker and Terry Winters, among others. The lectures will be accessible at audio stations and in wall texts featuring excerpts from the lectures. By bringing artists’ voices into the museum’s galleries, and into dialogue with works themselves, the exhibition is intended to emphasize listening as well as looking.
Since its founding in 1946 by Willard Cummings, Henry Varnum Poor, Sidney Simon and Charles Cutler, the Skowhegan School has established itself as one of the most important art schools in the country. An art school run by artists for artists, Skowhegan brings students and faculty together for nine-week summer sessions on its 330 acres of farmland in central Maine. The names of its alumni/ae and faculty read like a who’s who in American art. The Skowhegan School’s role in sustaining contemporary artistic practice and its impact on contemporary visual production are remarkable.
The Skowhegan Lecture Archive consists of more than 500 lectures by many of the most important artists from the last half century. The Colby College Museum of Art is one of five repositories of the archive, along with The Getty Institute, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Ryerson Library, The Art Institute of Chicago; and The Archives of American Art and The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
Colby museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information call 207-872-3228.
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