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Time and Tide Flow Wide: The Collection in Context, 1959–1973

September 27th, 2022 - June 11, 2023

This exhibition considers the early history of the Colby College Museum of Art, from its founding in 1959 up to 1973, the year the museum opened the Jetté Galleries, the first of five museum expansions. As a vision took shape for this teaching museum, the ambitions of those early years established the focus and direction for the collection.

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All in One: Selections from the Alex Katz Foundation Collection

September 20th, 2022 - June 11, 2023

In recent decades, Alex Katz has expanded his support of visual artists through the work of the Alex Katz Foundation, which has placed nearly 500 outstanding artworks with the Colby College Museum of Art. This installation of the Katz Foundation Collection explores the idea of visual polyphony. On view are artworks that experiment with opposing formal elements that create unexpected unities; richly material gestures that produce multisensory, bodily experiences; and explorations of dancers and choreography that put patterns of movement into action.

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Alex Katz: Theater and Dance

August 16th, 2022 - February 19, 2023

The first exhibition to examine Alex Katz’s collaborative work for the stage, this playful, cross-disciplinary project will bring together sketches, paintings, photographs, film, set pieces, costumes, and ephemera. Alex Katz: Theater and Dance will explore the ways that Katz introduced tenets of postwar painting into dance aesthetics, and the deep inspiration he has drawn from a prolonged study of performance.

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Andrew Wyeth: Life and Death

June 2 - October 16, 2022

This exhibition is the first public presentation of recently rediscovered drawings in which artist Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) imagines his own funeral. The exhibition connects the sketches now known as the Funeral Group to Wyeth’s decades-long engagement with death as an artistic subject in painting, and places his work in conversation with other artists’ self-portraiture and reflections on mortality.

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Sarah Cain: hand in hand

March 31 - December 11, 2022

Frequently composing at the scale of architecture, the artist Sarah Cain seeks out new territories for painting. With wit, irreverence, and a palette informed by California sunshine, Cain fearlessly works against the grain of a tradition- and history-bound medium to envision what a painting can be and how it can be encountered. Through her art, she manifests the value of responding to a place or a situation from a fresh perspective.

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