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Upcoming events at Colby College
WATERVILLE — The following September events at Colby College are free and open to the public.
NBC Stand-Up for Diversity - Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., Page Commons, Cotter Union
The first edition of the NBC Stand-Up for Diversity tour features Bronx natives Vladimir Caamano and Gina Brillon. Both comedians are known for hilarious truths and comic absurdity. Contact: Sam Helm, firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-4283
Violin/Viola Showcase Inspired by Folk Music Traditions - Wednesday, Sept. 11, noon, Jetté Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art
French violinist/violist Stan Renard, founding member of the Bohemian Quartet and conductor of the Colby Symphony Orchestra, makes his Colby debut with this program inspired by folk music traditions. Assistant Professor of Music Yuri Funahashi joins him in presenting works by Boulanger, Britten, Hubay, Ravel, Sarasate, and Wieniawski. Contact: Deb Ward, email@example.com, 859-5670
Will the Real Biblical God Please Stand Up? - Monday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Who is God? Good question. Throughout history people around the world have been willing to sacrifice their lives, and end the lives of others, in the name of the divine. But what does the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) actually say about what God is like and how the divine operates in the world? Come explore the many faces and facets of God presented in the Hebrew Bible and how the multiple renderings of God might impact how we view the Bible as a whole. Marc Zvi Brettler, the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University, is an award-winning teacher and author. He has written and co-edited numerous books, including "The Jewish Study Bible" and "The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously." Contact: David Freidenreich, firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-4646
Why Hispanics Are Not "Spanish": The Cultural Diversity of Latinos/as - Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m., Pugh Center, Cotter Union
Multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet Bobby Gonzalez will open the program for Hispanic Heritage Month. Born and raised in the South Bronx, Gonzalez draws on his Native American and Latino roots to offer a repertoire of discourses, readings and performances celebrating his heritage. Gonzalez has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Television & Radio, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Contact: Deb Thurston, email@example.com, 859-4250
Visiting Writers Series: Fiction Reading with Chantel Acevedo - Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Robinson Room, Miller Library
Chantel Acevedo's first novel, "Love and Ghost Letters," won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, "A Falling Star," won the Doris Bakwin Prize in 2013 and is forthcoming from Carolina Wren Press. She is an associate professor of English and alumni writer-in-residence at Auburn University, where she founded the Auburn Writers Conference and edits the Southern Humanities Review. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. Contact: Professor Jennifer Boylan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-5264
Noontime Art Talk: Lydia Moland - Wednesday, Sept. 18, noon, Colby College Museum of Art
Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland will discuss censorship and 20th-century American art. Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, email@example.com, 859-5600
Screening and Discussion: "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" - Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Director Alison Klayman will lead a discussion following the film screening. Contact: Kristen Nassif '14, firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Mouth Thunder Thighs - Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., Strider Theater, Runnals Building
A solo vaudeville about body and food created and performed by Portland-based actor-playwright Bess Welden, Big Mouth Thunder Thighs intertwines memoir storytelling with a highly theatrical, unpredictable, and outrageously entertaining variety show featuring roller-skating, stand-up comedy, singing, dancing, poetry, an ancient folktale, and five "death-defying acts." Contact: Shannon Hodgdon, email@example.com, 859-4520
Screening and Discussion: "The Sheik and I" - Monday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Room 1, Olin Science Center
Director Caveh Zahedi's latest film, "The Sheik and I," resulted from an invitation by the Middle Eastern Sharjah Biennial to make a film on the theme of "art as a subversive act." Told that he could do whatever he wanted except make fun of the sheik, who rules Sharjah and finances the biennial, Zahedi decided to do just that, turning his camera on the biennial itself. The film has been banned for blasphemy in the United Arab Emirates. Zahedi will lead a discussion following the screening. Contact: Professor Steve Wurtzler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-4585.
Investing in Carbon Reduction - Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Room 1, Olin Science Center
Elizabeth Turnbull Henry '04 designed and operates the greenENERGY Fund, an internal venture capital fund for energy and carbon reduction at adidas Group. Her job is to reduce carbon and kWh - at a net profit - for the footwear and apparel company. Henry will share her experiences running the fund and observations on making a business case for sustainability. Contact: Lia Morris, email@example.com, 859-5356.
Screening and Discussion:"The Men's Story Project Film" - Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Room 122, Diamond Building
Dr. Josie Lehrer is the founder/director of the Men's Story Project and affiliated senior research associate at the University of California-San Francisco Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Her work focuses on the prevention of HIV/STI and gender-based violence, as well as on the promotion of healthy masculinity and gender equality. Lehrer's research has been published in leading journals including Pediatrics, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and Journal of Adolescent Health. Contact: Deb Thurston, firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-4250.
Ongoing Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art
The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College
On view through June 8, 2014, this is the first exhibition dedicated entirely to the Lunder Collection. Peter Lunder '56 and Paula Lunder, longtime benefactors of Colby College, promised their collection of more than 500 works of art to the Colby College Museum of Art in 2007, inspiring the addition of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. Curated by a team from the Colby College Museum of Art, the exhibition welcomes the Lunder Collection to the museum by featuring more than 260 highlights of 19th- and 20th-century American and contemporary art, including works by James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, and many others. Organized chronologically and thematically, The Lunder Collection explores idealized depictions of American mythology, American artists' adoption and transformation of European aesthetic ideals, American landscapes and cityscapes, and subjects such as labor, childhood, camaraderie, and travel. An accompanying audio guide will provide historical context for many of the works through readings of literature, poetry and music from the period.
Spaces and Places: Chinese Art from the Lunder-Colville Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
On view through June 8, 2014, this exhibition presents an important facet of the Lunder Collection. The Lunder-Colville Collection comprises 40 exceptional works of ritual and mortuary art dating from the prehistoric period to the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234). The exhibition explores artworks that enlivened four very different realms in traditional China: the imperial court, private residences, Buddhist temples, and tombs. Paintings, ceramics, textiles, and sculptures drawn from all periods of premodern China express the power of art and its varied purposes. Curated by Colby Professor of Art Ankeney Weitz, Spaces and Places also features loaned works from the world-renowned Chinese art collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
"A Thing Alive": Modern Views from the Marin Collections
On view through Sept. 29, "A Thing Alive" features work by artist John Marin, a trained architect who expressed the cityscape and landscape through gestural, unrestrained line and color. Writing in 1913, Marin declared, "A work of art is a thing alive...Thus the whole city is alive; buildings, people, are all alive; and the more they move me the more I feel them to be alive." Marin's work is juxtaposed with that of early 20th-century photographers Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, and others, who also sought distinctly modern strategies to convey the character of the world around them. Presenting exhilarating views of New York skyscrapers beside delicate renderings of coastal Maine from the museum's John Marin Collection and Norma B. Marin Photography Collection, "A Thing Alive" reflects on the bold changes that occurred in 20th-century artistic representations of the natural and built environments.
Nowhere But Here: Art From the Alex Katz Foundation
On view from through Jan. 5, 2014, this exhibition presents more than 30 modern and contemporary works given to the Colby College Museum of Art by the Alex Katz Foundation. Included in the exhibition are dynamic abstractions by Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and Elizabeth Murray, which appear in the context of contemporary portraiture by Tanyth Berkeley, Ben Pier, Chantal Joffe, and Elizabeth Peyton, as well as a video by Dara Friedman. Alex Katz: A Matter of Light, on view through Sept. 15, features 48 prints, drawings, and paintings from the permanent collection, demonstrating the artist's study of light, shadow, and their relationships to flat color. Curated by Diana Tuite, the exhibition explores Katz's endeavors to record his experience of optical sensations in any medium, rendering light with extraordinary materiality.
American Weathervanes from a Distinguished Maine Collection
On view through June 8, 2014, American Weathervanes represents some of the finest designs and iconic forms of the late 19th century, the heyday of weathervane production in America. The exhibition features a dozen metal weathervanes introduced in the 1860s and '70s, created to reflect the owners' occupations and preferences - sheep vanes for textile merchants, cows for dairy farmers, and cod, whale, or ship vanes in coastal communities. Racehorses were favored not only by horse farmers and breeders, but also by the general public for their embodiment of power and speed - traits they shared with the blowing wind.
The Colby College Museum of Art is free and open to the public. Hours are Sunday noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays during the academic year. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more information, visit colby.edu/museum or call 859-5600. For up-to-date event information, please visit www.colby.edu.