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Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture

September 14th, 2021 - June 5, 2022

The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, 1986–97, is a rare series of 15 prints depicting the life of the leader of the Haitian Revolution. Based on Lawrence’s series of 41 tempera paintings by the same name, the prints in this series manifest Lawrence’s remarkable ability to poignantly chronicle little-known histories. Haiti was the first republic in the world to be founded by former slaves. This history, and Toussaint Louverture’s role in it, gains a new level of relevance today within the context of the ongoing struggle for racial justice.

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2022 Senior Exhibition

May 5 - 22, 2022

Seniors studying studio art have spent all year working on capstone projects in disciplines that include printmaking, photography, painting, and sculpture. This show serves as the culmination of their studies. An exhibition catalogue containing images, artists’ statements, and analyses of works in the show written by students in AR356 will also be available.

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The Poetics of Atmosphere: Lorna Simpson’s Cloudscape and Other Works from the Collection

February 3 - April 17, 2022

Artists have long been preoccupied with the sky; through depictions of the atmosphere, they elicit new understandings of corporeality and transcendence. This exhibition presents Lorna Simpson’s video Cloudscape (2004) in dialogue with selected works from the Colby Museum’s permanent collection that reference weightlessness and presence through meteorological imagery.

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Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine

July 20th, 2021 - January 9, 2022

The first museum exhibition devoted to the artist Bob Thompson in more than twenty years, This House Is Mine traces the artist’s brief but prolific transatlantic career, examining his formal inventiveness and his engagement with universal themes of collectivity, bearing witness, struggle, and justice. Over a mere eight years, he grappled with the exclusionary Western canon, developing a lexicon of enigmatic forms that he threaded through his work.

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2021 Faculty Biennial

November 18 - December 12, 2021

The 2021 Faculty Biennial features works in a diverse range of media explored by art department faculty members Bradley Borthwick, Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Amanda Lilleston, and Garry Mitchell.

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Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt

June 17 - November 2, 2021

The experimental nature of the prints on view in Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt, 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.

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Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960

February 11 - June 6, 2021

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960 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.

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2021 Senior Exhibition

May 12 - 23, 2021

Seniors studying studio art have spent all year working on capstone projects in disciplines that include printmaking, photography, painting, and sculpture. Featuring works by Grace Connolly, Cole Guerin, Adrienne Kaplowitz, Andrew Malia, Dominic Malia, Nicholas Malkemus, Kanon Shambora, Sophia Sherman, Evan Sievers, Hannah Southwick, Katherine Squires, Kaelin Wang, Sarah Warner, Delaney Wood, and Benjamin Woollcott, this show serves as the culmination of their studies.

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Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States

February 11 - April 21, 2021

The votives on view in this exhibition—spanning the entirety of the twentieth century—were offered as thank you notes to the heavens by Mexican migrants and their families to commemorate the dangers of crossing the border and living in the United States. Filled with emotive detail, they eloquently express subjects of greatest concern to the migrants, such as the difficulty of finding work or falling sick in a foreign land and the relief of returning home.

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Hew Locke: Here's the Thing

February 20 - November 29, 2020

Here’s the Thing is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by the 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. Within his nautical imaginary, Locke reconfigures iconographies of nationhood, and in particular, the military.

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