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Museum Moment: Ai Weiwei, Colored Vases

Jordia Benjamin, Mirken Senior Coordinator of Programs and Audience Engagement at the Colby Museum, offers some background and questions about the issues raised by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei‘s Colored Vases series. (Excerpted from our May 9 Artful Movements session.)
Ai Weiwei, Colored Vases, 2006-2008. Neolithic Vases (5000-3000 BC) and industrial paint, dimensions …


Art @ Home: Reimagine and Transform

… as models, or pulling together things they could find at home. The Colby Museum staff even got inspired. Here’s one staff member’s take on Ai Weiwei‘s Colored Vases from our Lunder Collection:

What will you come up with? 
Take a photograph and share your art with us @ColbyMuseum on Facebook or Instagram …


Art @ Home: Reimagine and Transform

… as models, or pulling together things they could find at home. The Colby Museum staff even got inspired. Here’s one staff member’s take on Ai Weiwei‘s Colored Vases from our Lunder Collection:

What will you come up with? 
Share Your Art
Take a photograph and share your art with us @ColbyMuseum on …


Artful Movements

… we will be inspired by Colored Vases, 2006-2008 uses Neolithic pottery (5000-3000 B.C.E.), which represents a pivotal development in the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s exploration of sculpture as a medium for social and political criticism. The garland pose alludes to the shape of the vases and when practicing yoga one …


Jacqueline Terrassa Named Director of the Colby College Museum of Art

… includes works by Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, David Driskell, Winslow Homer, Maya Lin, Joan Mitchell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Ai Weiwei, among many other artists. Central to the collection are more than 300 works by James McNeill Whistler, the largest grouping of Whistler works in an academic museum …


Artful Movements @ Home: Let It Bloom

Colored Vases, 2006-2008 uses Neolithic pottery (5000-3000 B.C.E.), represents a pivotal development in the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s exploration of sculpture as a medium for social and political criticism. The garland pose alludes to the shape of the vases and when practicing yoga one can strengthen their mind-body connection …


Museum Moments

This series of short videos from the Colby College Museum of Art offers a closer look at some of the objects in the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. View the full Museum Moments playlist on our YouTube Channel.
Ai Weiwei: Colored Vases
Jordia Benjamin, Mirken Senior Coordinator of Programs and Audience Engagement at the Colby …


Recent Acquisitions: 2017

The Lunder Collection
Building on acquisitions from 2016 and the inauguration of the Lunder Institute for American Art, the Lunder Collection added a number of exemplary works this year, including Ai Weiwei’s Colored Vases, 2006–8. In this work, Ai paints over the surfaces of Neolithic pottery (5000–3000 B.C.E.) to transform …


Highlights from the Permanent Collection

… steel Voltri Bolton II (1962), and James McNeill Whistler’s oil painting Chelsea in Ice (1864). Cherished cornerstones of the collection, such as Winslow Homer’s The Trapper (1870) and Alex Katz’s Pas de Deux (1983), are on view, as are recently acquired works by Joshua Johnson, Rosalyn Drexler, Alma Thomas, and Ai Weiwei.


Banner Image: Sanford Robinson Gifford, A Twilight in the Adirondacks, 1864, Oil on canvas, 10 1/2 in. x 18 1/2 in., The Lunder Collection, 2013.130
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