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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…

Tom Burckhardt | Studio Flood

June 9 - October 7

Studio Flood is a life-size, walk-in installation executed entirely in cardboard and black paint, and centered on the image of an artist’s studio that has experienced a catastrophic flood. Here the floor plane, now an extended surface of water, appears above our heads. One’s world is turned upside down, both figuratively and literally. In the floodwater, black monochrome canvases—emblems of intellect, will, and discipline—are floating and have been wrenched from their creators’ control and set adrift. Imagine an artist who…

Jocelyn Lee | The Appearance of Things

June 16 - October 14

“The world enters our body via sensual portals: eyes, nose, ears, skin and nervous system, it is then translated by our brains into meaning and experience.” —Jocelyn Lee The Appearance of Things attempts to access this tactile and optical experience and explores how we are enmeshed in an embodied and ephemeral world. All life, including our human form and being, passes through stages of birth, blossoming, and death. Life occupies environments – it makes itself at home, and enacts an arc…

John Bisbee | American Steel

June 30 - October 14

American Steel is the first solo exhibition in Maine of sculptor John Bisbee’s work in nearly a decade. Bisbee, a resident of Brunswick, Maine, is celebrated for his masterful work created exclusively from forged and welded nails, transforming their simple form into sculptures that defy the imagination. As Glenn Adamson writes in the catalog essay accompanying the exhibition, “We hear a lot these days about the decline of American manufacture. Communities in the so-called ‘rust belt’ are struggling to cope…

Tuesday Talk | The Appearance of Things

August 21 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, August 21 | 5:30-7:30pm CMCA Members free; others with admission Join us for a Tuesday Talk with photographer Jocelyn Lee in conversation with Edward Earle, former Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography, NYC. Lee and Earle will discuss the historical underpinnings of Lee’s work on view in her current solo exhibition, The Appearance of Things, as well as new directions in portraiture, landscape, and documentary photography. Writing in The New Yorker, Rebecca Bengal, describes Lee’s work…

First Friday | September

September 7 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, September 7 | 5-8pm Free and open to the public Stop by our courtyard for a SURPRISE event and ArtLab OpenStudio for a free, hands-on project!

First Friday | October

October 5 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, October 5 | 5-8pm Free and open to the public Stop by our courtyard for a SURPRISE event and ArtLab OpenStudio for a free, hands-on project!

Making Migration Visible | A Shared Space

October 13 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, October 13, 1-4pm Free and open to the public A Shared Space | Lewiston by Daniel Quintanilla, Shuab Ahmed Mahat, and Hilowle Aden is a pop-up immersive 360° virtual reality experience inviting all of us to ask questions about the physical and social spaces we inhabit and what we lose when we are out of contact with one another. A Shared Space tells the story of friends Hilowle and Shuab, who grew up in Dadaab, Kenya– the largest refugee camp in…

CMCA Biennial 2018

November 3, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Opening reception: November 3, 2018; 5-7pm Taking place in the fall of even-numbered years, the CMCA Biennial is an open, statewide juried exhibition featuring work in all mediums produced by the selected artists in the past two years. A snapshot of Maine’s vibrant contemporary art scene, the CMCA Biennial dates back to 1978 and is the longest-running juried competition in the state. Jurors for 2018 are Kate Green, Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, and Robin K. Williams, Ford…

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