Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Art

The Clothes Make the Model - Open Drawing + Painting Night  September 28, 2016, 5:30 pm

On Wednesday, September 28th Common Street Arts in collaboration with the Waterville Opera House, will have a very special guest clothed model for you to draw, paint or sculpt - the incredible Katie Doornbos - an amazing actress from the upcoming musical Young Frankenstein! Katie will be attired in her extravagantly delicious custom costume, created by the Waterville Opera House. She will be a vision in red! Stunning! In Young Frankenstein, Katie plays Elizabeth Benning, the New York City socialite and finance of Fredrick Frankenstein. We are delighted to have her grace our studio! Pictured here: Katie Doorknobs from the cast of Young Frankenstein (she'll be wearing a costume on the 28th) Seasoned and aspiring visual artists are invited to participate in this newly expanded Common Street Arts program dedicated to drawing, painting, and sculpting. The fee to participate in the Open Drawing + Painting Night is $15. Participants bring their media of choice: charcoal, pastels, paints, clay, etc. Common Street Arts provides art horses and chairs. All sessions are held at Common Street Arts, located at 93 Main Street. For more information, call: 207-872-ARTS or email: info@commonstreetarts.com Pre-registration is not required but encouraged! http://commonstreetarts.com/event/common-street-arts-presents-open-drawing-painting-wednesday-nights-530-800-pm/

Common Street Arts presents “Open Drawing / Painting” Wednesday nights, 5:30–8:00 pm September 28, 2016, 5:30 pm, Common Street Arts

Seasoned and aspiring visual artists are invited to participate in a newly expanded Common Street Arts program dedicated to drawing, painting, and sculpting. Weekly offerings rotate between drawing or painting the nude, working with still life arrangements, and capturing the poses of local “celebrities” in costume. Sessions are open to all levels of experience and are without formal instruction. All are welcome. No previous experience necessary! Fourth Wednesdays: The Clothes Make the Model. Draw and/or paint a local “celebrity” wearing one of the many wonderful costumes owned by the Waterville Opera House. Models and costumes will vary each month. $15 per session per person, or purchase a five-session punch card for only $50. Participants bring their media of choice: charcoal, pastels, paints, clay, etc. Common Street Arts provides art horses and chairs. All sessions are held at Common Street Arts, located at 93 Main Street, in Waterville Maine. For more information, call: 207-872-ARTS or email: info@commonstreetarts.com Pre-registration is not required but encouraged!

In the Studio: Picasso’s Vollard Suite September 28, 2016, 10:00 am

The Vollard Suite (1930–37) is the most significant prints series made by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Containing one hundred etchings, a selection of which are on view at the Colby Museum, it was commissioned by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard in Paris. Inspired by his work in sculpture, Picasso made the relationship between artist and model in the sculptor’s studio the suite’s central theme. This relationship is one of the most symbolically charged in the history of art. Many male artists have regarded the studio as a masculine space of creativity and have viewed the female model’s body as a source of inspiration and a symbol of their ability to transform life into art. Picasso draws from these art historical precedents and the world of classical mythology to explore the nature of creativity. In the suite, Picasso’s studio is a sanctuary for aesthetic contemplation, self-discovery, and artistic mastery. In this imagined space, Picasso scrutinizes the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of his relationship to the model and, by extension, to art. Melding various styles, media, and art historical references, Picasso destabilizes fixed notions of artist and model. Both are shown in various physical and mental states as figures caught in a free-flowing process of creation. He mythologizes the artist’s creative power to direct his ever-changing relationship with the model, life, and art. Despite the suite’s expanded sense of creativity, Picasso is still grounded in an art historical tradition in which creativity is a gendered activity that the male artist enacts on the female body. Featured Image: Pablo Picasso, Minotaure aveugle guidé par une filette dans la nuit (Blind Minotaur Led by a Little Girl in the Night), 1934. Etching, 15 3/16 x 19 13/16 in. (38.7 x 50.4 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 006.2016. Photo by Gary Green. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Rivane Neuenschwander: Zé Carioca e Amigos (Zé Carioca contra o goleiro Gastão) [Joe Carioca and Friends (Joe Carioca vs. the Goalkeeper Gastão / 1961)] September 28, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Between 1941 and 1943, Walt Disney and a team of his employees made several trips to Latin America. A manifestation of the “Good Neighbor Policy” initiated by the Roosevelt administration in 1933, these visits were designed to bolster pan-American alliances. However politically unifying Disney’s encounters were meant to be, they yielded curious, even contradictory results: in a string of films released beginning in 1942, his animators introduced José, or, more familiarly, “Zé,” Carioca, the “Brazilian jitterbird.” A cigar-smoking, soccer-loving parrot from Rio, Carioca embodied multiple cultural stereotypes, serving, in the words of Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967), “to crystallize the national image of the malandro (rascal).” Since 1961 the character of Zé Carioca has starred in a series of wildly popular Brazilian comic books, which Neuenschwander grew up reading. This complex figure—conceived as an instrument of capitalist diplomacy but by now also a national symbol—has inspired several bodies of work by the artist since 2004. For the series to which this piece belongs, she scrubs images and text from the original Carioca comics, leaving intact only the narrative’s graphic architecture. She then enlarges these comic-book panels and transfers them to a wall, inviting members of the public to write or draw directly onto them. With this gesture, Neuenschwander substitutes self- and collective expression for ideology masquerading as popular culture. Image Featured: Rivane Neuenschwander, Zé Carioca e amigos (O rapto da donzela) / Joe Carioca and friends (The Abduction of the Maiden), 2005. Wall paint, chalk, eraser, wood tray, dimensions variable. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA. Photo by Whitney Curtis

Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread September 28, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Born in Culiacán, Mexico, Teresa Margolles works in photography, video, sculpture, and performance. Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread expands on her exploration of violence through a new series of textiles involving the unprecedented participation of artist-embroiderers from Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.
Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread was organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Patrice Giasson, the Alex Gordon Associate Curator of the Art of the Americas.

Image featured: Teresa Margolles, american Juju for the Tapestry of Truth, 2015. Mixed media on a textile imprinted on the spot in Staten Island where Eric Garner died while being placed under arrest. Created with the participation of members of the Harlem Needle Arts cultural arts institute: Michelle Bishop, Sahara Briscoe, Laura R. Gadson, and Jerry Gant. Produced with the support of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, New York. 66 x 98 in. New York City, United States. Photography by Jim Frank. Courtesy of Teresa Margolles and Galerie Peter Kilchmann

A Usable Past: American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art September 28, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

A Usable Past features highlights of the Museum's extensive holdings of folk art of the United States, including many artworks from the American Heritage collection of Edith and Ellerton Jetté--one of the earliest collections to enter the Colby College Museum of Art.

Image featured: Thomas Chambers, Landscape, c. 1830. Oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. Colby College Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ellerton M. Jetté, 1956.086

Highlights from the Permanent Collection September 28, 2016, 10:00 am

This exhibition showcases the reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent collection galleries and the integration of works from the Lunder Collection with the Museum’s core holdings, including recent gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation, and select loans. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, this display reflects the Museum’s ongoing commitment to a comprehensive representation of American art from the nineteenth century through the present.

Image featured: Colby College Museum of Art, Arthur-Vining Davis Gallery. Photo by trentbellphotography.

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