July 7, 2013

10 key things to see at Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion

A guide to enjoying the inaugural show with a focus on 10 key moments.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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“Indian Hunter and His Dog” by Paul Manship (circa 1926) is among the more than 500 pieces in the collection given to Colby by Peter and Paula Lunder.

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Swedish sculptor Claes Oldenburg’s “Typewriter Eraser”

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WHERE: Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville

WHEN: Opens to the public on July 14. On view though June 8, 2014.

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday


INFO: 859-5600; colby.edu/academics_cs/museum

MORE: Read Bob Keyes' story on how the Alfond-Lunder Pavilion came to be. A1And that's not all: More new shows


WATERVILLE -- In addition to opening the Lunder Collection exhibition, the Colby College Museum of Art unveils several other new exhibitions that may be overshadowed by Lunder hoopla. Among them:

"A Thing Alive: Modern Landscapes from the Marin Collection," featuring works from Colby's Marin collection supplemented by photographs from the Norma B. Marin collection. The Marin work includes abstracted cityscapes and landscapes, along with photographs of rural and urban scenes by Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget, Alfred Stieglitz and others. It opens Saturday and is on view through Oct. 6.

"Alex Katz: A Matter of Light," on view through Sept. 15. This show features prints, drawings and paintings from the museum's permanent collection that demonstrate Katz' study of light and shadow.

"Here and There: Contemporary Art from the Alex Katz Foundation," through Dec. 31. The work in this show represents recent acquisitions of contemporary art through the Katz Foundation.

-- Bob Keyes


7. In Maine, we've had great opportunities to experience the artwork of Winslow Homer. The Lunder Collection offers several Homers, including the restful "Girl in a Hammock" and "The Noon Recess" from 1873. In the latter, young boy is forced to stay in the classroom during recess while his friends frolic outside, clearly visible to the boy and his unhappy, sour-faced teacher.

8. The Lunders' holding of Whistler paintings and works on paper is extensive. Perhaps the most important Whistler oil in this collection is "Chelsea in Ice" from 1864. A stark, cold canvas painted in an impressionistic style from Whistler's London home, it shows a near-frozen Thames River, with ships struggling to pass.

Also not to be missed: Whistler's etching "Finette" from 1859, an exquisite rendering of a cancan dancer dressed in black and leaning against a wall.

9. Terry Winters' "In Blue" from 2008 is considered a monumental painting. Winters created a grid of knotted forms, playing with shape, size and color. The knots emerge from the painting in a loose grid, and take on many visual forms.

Another painting in this series is called "Tangle," and the two pieces together suggest an homage to Bob Dylan's song "Tangled Up in Blue." In a catalog essay, Winters acknowledged the connection between Dylan's song and his own paintings.

10. Finally, the Alfond-Lunder Pavilion is a work of art itself. Corwin encourages visitors to pay attention to the details of the building: Its corners, its hallways and recesses.

Art is everywhere, including behind an exterior-facing glass wall. A three-story Sol LeWitt wall painting in bands of yellow, blue and red extends the height of the walls, and is visible to the world passing outside the walls of the museum. The LeWitt serves as an invitation to come in and explore, Corwin said.

"We want this to be a building where people can experience art in many different places and in many different ways," she said. "The skin of the building is a canvas, and the building is about seeing. Wherever possible, we have incorporated artwork into its surfaces and it its seams."

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Oldenburg’s bronze-and-steel “Model for Clothespin"

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John George Brown, “Watching the Circus” (1881), oil on canvas

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Georgia O’Keeffe, “Birch and Pine” (1925), oil on canvas

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Winslow Homer, “Girl in a Hammock” (1873), oil on canvas

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James McNeill Whistler, “Chelsea in Ice” (1864), oil on canvas

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