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All in One: Selections from the Alex Katz Foundation Collection

September 20, 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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Time and Tide Flow Wide: The Collection in Context, 1959–1973

September 27, 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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2023 Senior Exhibition

May 4 - 21, 2023

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. (Image: Colby senior printmaker Erin Coughlin ’23 pinning up her artwork in her studio. Photo courtesy of the artist.)

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Naeem Mohaiemen: grace

November 10, 2022 - April 23, 2023

This exhibition encompasses two bodies of work by Naeem Mohaiemen, a 2020–21 Lunder Institute senior fellow and the inaugural recipient of the Alfonso Ossorio Creative Production Grant. Naeem Mohaiemen: grace includes new works as well as the artist’s 2020 film Jole Dobe Na (Bengali for “those who do not drown”).

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Alex Katz: Theater and Dance

August 16, 2022 - February 19, 2023

The first exhibition to examine Alex Katz’s collaborative work for the stage, this playful, cross-disciplinary project brings together sketches, paintings, photographs, film, set pieces, costumes, and ephemera. Alex Katz: Theater and Dance explores 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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Light on Main Street

December 17, 2022 - January 23, 2023

At the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, Downtown Waterville

The museum is excited to welcome the first visitors to the Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery with a selection of video works by Erin Johnson, Paul Kos, and Jennifer Steinkamp. At the darkest time of the year, these luminous moving images will fill the gallery on Castonguay Square with wonder and light.

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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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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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Act of Sight: The Tsiaras Family Photography Collection

February 10 - August 14, 2022

Over the last thirty years, Dr. William ’68 and Nancy Meyer Tsiaras ’68 have amassed one of the foremost collections of American photography in private hands. The collection includes more than 500 photographs spanning from the 1880s to the present. Act of Sight: The Tsiaras Family Photography Collection reveals the breadth and depth of this remarkable gift, which includes many rare and unpublished images by well-known photographers.

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Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture

September 14, 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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