Saturday, April 30, 2016

Art

Peter Soriano: Permanent Maintenance April 30, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

An accomplished sculptor, Peter Soriano began making wall drawings in 2012. Rather than shaping, carving, or casting three-dimensional forms, he now assembles and arranges visual experience, using what captures and holds his attention to generate orchestrated constellations of marks, such as those that make up Permanent Maintenance, his largest wall drawing to date. Commissioned by the Colby College Museum of Art, this multipart piece spans approximately one hundred linear feet of the William D. Adams Gallery and is composed of acrylic and spray paint applied directly to the wall. Soriano’s process is open and adaptive. Working from initial drawings and notes, he develops wall drawings to scale in his studio, proceeding section by section and producing a set of instructions for each visual element. Structured into these instructions are opportunities for the contributions of others, and the Colby project included a team of student installers and other participants when the piece was realized on site in September 2015. (Three notebooks of instructions as well as other materials related to the production of the work are on view in the Davis Curricular Gallery through April 28, 2015.)

Alex Katz: A Singular Vision April 30, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

This installation features highlights from the museum’s permanent collection, including several recent acquisitions on view for the first time. Many of the artworks on display in A Singular Vision touch upon themes of pairing, doubling, and repetition. In some cases, these are formal devices, with Katz coupling figures off or depicting a subject multiple times within a single canvas. Elsewhere this entails his return to particular models or motifs over the course of his career.

Alec Soth: Summer Nights at the Dollar Tree April 30, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Accompanying Robert Adams’ Turning Back is a 2012 video by Alec Soth (American, b. 1969) entitled Summer Nights at the Dollar Tree. This was conceived as a response to Summer Nights, a 1985 book of photographs taken by Adams during nocturnal rambles near what was then his home in Colorado. According to Adams, “What attracted me to the subjects at a new hour was the discovery then of a neglected peace.” Twenty years old when he first encountered the Adams book, and in search of a comparable “romantic solitude,” Soth also began shooting at night. Summer Nights at the Dollar Tree may pay homage to one particular series by Robert Adams, but it comes into especially sharp focus when seen in proximity to Turning Back. Adams’ record of deforestation presents the legacy of westward expansion with great urgency, while, here, Soth studies our relationship to the built environment that has diverted and displaced these natural resources. Symbolically speaking, old-growth forests have been razed to make way for Dollar Trees, but neither Adams nor Soth wants to relinquish the possibility for a renewed sensitivity to one’s habitat.  

Robert Adams: Turning Back April 30, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Begun in response to the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Turning Back, an exhibition of 164 photographs by acclaimed photographer Robert Adams, will be on display at the Colby Museum of Art beginning February 2nd. According to Adams, “The theme of this [work] is the glory of the natural world and the tragic nature of human beings. The West is gone. What did we do with it? What have we traded for this great forest? What did we get in exchange?” For what he subtitled A Photographic Journal of Re-Exploration, the photographer headed East from the Pacific Ocean, photographing the evidence of irresponsible stewardship and unmitigated greed that he found in the forests along the way. He continued until he came upon a reason for hope in the orchards, pastures, and cottonwoods of Halfway, Oregon, about four hundred and fifty miles east of the Pacific.

Literary

Voices of Waterville: POETRY Open Mic at Common Street Arts  April 30, 2016, 5:30 pm

ALL WELCOME to this poetry event at Common Street Arts! Common Street Arts hosts a community open mic night for poets of all languages and levels. Share your latest poem or your latest work-in-progress with the Waterville community! There will be special presentations by Colby College’s Spanish Poetry Club and the Express Poetry Club. The readings/performances will begin at 6 pm. Saturday, April 30, 5:30 pm. Free and open to the public http://commonstreetarts.com/event/voices-of-waterville-poetry-open-mic-at-common-street-arts/

Theatre + Music

The Metropolitan Opera: Elektra  April 30, 2016, 12:55 pm, Waterville Opera House

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.

Tickets: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors, $15 Students

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