Sequins, wine bottle labels, mirrors—how do these unconventional art materials signal queerness? How do artists bring together materials that gesture towards both the joy and grief of their queer experience?
Join us in the museum galleries for guided conversations about works in Come Closer: Selections from the Collection, 1978-1994. Participants will take a closer look at multimedia works by Ken Tisa and Alfonso Ossorio before continuing the conversation and sharing a meal in the museum lobby. This event is free and open to all.
The Art& series brings together visiting artists, scholars, museum staff, and community experts for conversations about exhibitions, collections, and projects at the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art. A mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid programs, this series is designed for those interested in learning more about art and engaging with the key issues of our time.
LEFT: Ken Tisa, Janus, 1982–2023. Glass and plastic beads, sequins, and mother-of-pearl and plastic buttons on fabric mounted on canvas, 56 × 47 3/4 inches (142.24 × 121.29 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Kate Werble Gallery, New York. Photography by Adam Reich.
RIGHT: Alfonso Ossorio, Untitled (aka Chateau d’Yquem), 1981. Wood, metal, plastic, brass, mirrors, paper, 120 x 48 x 18 in. (304.8 x 121.9 x 45.7 cm). Gift of the Ossorio Foundation, 2017.653.