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Screen | Adam Lampton | Museums

February 15 - May 27

Using the physical structure of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and MASS MoCA as starting points, Adam Lampton is interested in how the specific architecture of these museums relates to the geography around them. In both of the short videos presented in Screen, he suggests alternate lives for these spaces. In CMCA in Three Alternative Landscapes, Lampton questions how the landscape influences one’s understanding of the museum. Is there anything that is supremely important to the mission of the museum in being a building…

Richard Blanco + Jacob Hessler | Boundaries

February 17 - May 27

“Our nation’s original motto: e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is charged with the utopian ideal that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought to someday be a nation where all narratives converge into one. In other words, a place where boundaries dissolve.” –Richard Blanco Boundaries is a collaborative project between Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible…

John Moore | Resonance

March 3 - June 17

This survey exhibition of paintings and drawings by John Moore (b. 1941) is the artist's first solo exhibition in a Maine museum, and his first at CMCA (then Maine Coast Artists) since the group exhibition, Looking at the Land, in 1993. A highly esteemed teacher and painter, with more than forty-two solo exhibitions to his credit, Moore has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine, for more than a decade, first seasonally and more recently full-time, since retiring from the University…

KJ Shows | Portrait of an Artist

March 3 - June 3

"With shoes there's no judgement. It's not like painting someone's face. There's a lot of personality in them. It's amazing, if you really get into it, because that's our connection to the Earth, through our feet. Whatever you're walking through or whatever you're experiencing is being imprinted into them, that's the way I feel about it." — KJ Shows In 2008, KJ Shows began working on a series of oil paintings paying homage to a variety of contemporary artists worldwide. Connecting…

Sunday Salon | Young Voices on Boundaries

April 29 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 29, 3-5pm CMCA Members free; others with admission What do young writers in Maine think of the boundaries in their lives? Please join The Telling Room, a nonprofit that empowers young artists through writing and shares their stories with the world, for an afternoon of poetry, prose, and lively discussion. Teenage writers Liam, Nafviso, Sarah, and Zainab will read original work, followed by a Q & A. Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Boundaries | Richard Blanco…

ArtLab for All Ages | May

May 5 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 5 | 2-4pm FREE and open to all WALKIE-TALKIE TOYS Let’s quiet down and listen in to the sounds of Spring! Invent your own low-tech speaking tubes + listening devices with cones or tin-can walkie-talkie toys to take with you in the woods, the beach, or the hills! Use your new creations to make decorative head pieces that reimagine how you hear the world around you.

Sunday Salon | Resonance

May 6 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 6, 3-5pm CMCA Members free, others with admission Join us for a Sunday Salon featuring artist John Moore in conversation with Christopher Crosman, former Director, Farnsworth Art Museum and founding Chief Curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. Stay afterwards for refreshments and further conversation. In his essay for the catalog accompanying the exhibition Resonance | John Moore, Crosman describes Moore's paintings as “adamantly apolitical, recording spaces that are at once remote and vaguely familiar, fragmented and whole, distanced…

Confronting Boundaries | Ellen Goldsmith

May 12 | 2:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 12 | 2-4 pm CMCA Members free, others with admission; pre-registration recommended below | limited to 12; for assistance, please contact Jean Thompson at jthompson@cmcanow.org OR 207 701 5005 Join poet Ellen Goldsmith for an afternoon workshop exploring the theme of boundaries, both explicit and implicit, inspired by the current exhibition, Boundaries, a collaboration between landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler and Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco. Ellen Goldsmith is the author of three poetry collections, Where to Look, Such Distances, and No Pine Tree…

Sunday Salon | Sole of the Artist

May 20 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 20, 3-5pm CMCA Members free; others with admission Join artist Nancy Kureth, former Director of The Twin Cities Creative Council and Co-Founder of the Biddeford Art Walk, for an intimate, fun, colorful, and insightful presentation on her friend and fellow artist, KJ Shows. Kureth is a frequent visitor to Shows' Kennebunk studio, where Kureth "talks to the back of my head," says Shows, as she paints at her easel. From this running conversation, the artists discuss art, life,…

Screen | B. R. A. C. E.

June 4 - October 7

B. R. A. C. E., MASS MoCA documents an obstacle course/performance/installation created by artist Patricia Brace while in a residency at MASS MoCA in 2018. The video features Brace, with artists Vered Snear, Danielle Andress, Chris Williford, Elisabeth Smolarz, and Hyo Jin Yoo, performing within an immersive, hard-edge, abstract, red, green, and blue environment. Wearing corresponding red, green, and blue B. R. A. C. E. costumes, in each act, performers activate the space with collaborative and improvisational feminist sketches. Bifurcated…

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