Occupy Colby is part of the Brooklyn Rail’s ongoing exhibition Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, featuring artists engaging with political and social concerns. This second iteration of the project focuses solely on environmental issues and particularly on climate change. Among the participating artists are Lauren Bon, Mel Chin, Justin Brice Guariglia, and Meg Webster.

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Alex Katz/Moby Dick

June 25, 2019 - August 2, 2020

The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz

While he was a student at the Cooper Union, Alex Katz enrolled in a class on illustration. The artist had first read Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick around the age of 13, and he found himself returning to the text in connection with assignments for this course.

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Etching is a printmaking process rooted in line and tone that allows for seemingly endless variations of these two elements to create a wide range of visual effects and poetic moods. Consisting of works from the Lunder Collection, Intersecting Lines examines three artists—Rembrandt van Rijn, James McNeill Whistler, and Pablo Picasso—who were dedicated to exploring the full creative potential of etching as a form of artistic expression.

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2019 Senior Exhibition

May 9, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Davis Gallery

Seniors studying studio art have spent all year working on capstone projects in disciplines that include printmaking, photography, painting, and sculpture. This show serves as the culmination of their studies. An exhibition catalogue containing images, artists’ statements, and analyses of works in the show written by students in AR356 will also be available. Works by Jake Abbe-Schneider, Keenan Boscoe, Meg Forelli, Maxwell Guerra, Wiley Holton, Heidi Minghao He, Alice Yutong Hua, Wendy Li, Los, Ekaterina Nikiforova, Shanzhao Qiao, and Andie Velazquez.

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Theaster Gates: Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories

March 12, 2019 - September 8, 2019

William D. Adams Gallery

On view for the first time in the United States, Theaster Gates’s Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories includes nearly 3,000 images from the Johnson Publishing Company archive. Founded in 1942, Chicago-based Johnson Publishing chronicled the lives of Black Americans for more than seven decades through the magazines Ebony and Jet. Gates’s work, composed from arguably the most important archive of American Black visual culture in the twentieth century, recontextualizes and makes visible anew these images and their histories. The presentation of this new body of work is drawn from Gates’s Black Madonna exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel in 2018, part of his larger Black Image Corporation project. As Gates says, “‘The Black Image Corporation’ is about the projection of images into the world.” The work invites visitors to engage directly with these rich and varied representations depicting women in their everyday lives, historical moments, and studio poses.

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Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

February 14, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Lower Jette Galleries

In the ongoing photographic project Somnyama Ngonyama—isiZulu for Hail the Dark Lioness—South African visual activist Zanele Muholi presents a visionary mosaic of identities, an exquisite empire of selves. This exhibition of more than seventy self-portraits from the series poses critical questions about social (in)justice, human rights, and contested representations of the Black body.

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness is organized by Autograph, London. Curated by Renée Mussai.

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Flooded McDonald’s

February 14, 2019 - April 26, 2019

Davis Gallery

Flooded McDonald’s (2008) is a film by the international artist collective SUPERFLEX. In the video, a life-size replica of the interior of a McDonald’s restaurant gradually floods. Furniture is lifted up by the water, trays of food and drinks start to float around, and electrical elements short circuit as the space is completely submerged and destroyed. Based in Denmark, Sweden, and Brazil, the members of SUPERFLEX investigate systems of power, globalization, and the social and environmental costs of consumer culture.

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A Vision for Composition: Nineteenth-Century Prints from the Collection

February 14, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Upper Jette Galleries

The nineteenth century was an innovative period in the history of printmaking. Many artists rejected traditionally taught practices and principles and established a new aesthetic language for prints that focused on design and craft. This exhibition brings works by American artist Arthur Wesley Dow into dialogue with other printmakers from the collection, namely Mary Cassatt, Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, and James McNeill Whistler.

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