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William Wegman | Reel to Real

June 10 - October 22

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short performance-oriented videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in earnest in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. Working concurrently with other West Coast artists such as Bruce Nauman and John Baldessari, Wegman perfected a deadpan humor and absurdist logic in his videos that…

John Walker | From Seal Point

June 24 - October 29

For more than two decades, artist John Walker has been painting the view from his property at Seal Point, Maine, and his tough, lush, muscular paintings from this place have been described as “existential images.” Seal Point is for Walker what Mont Saint Victoire was for Cezanne, a subject to be revisited time and again until, as the artist says, “one knows more about it than anyone else. That is what Seal Point is to me.” For the first time,…

Linden Frederick | Night Stories

August 19 - November 5

Opening in conjunction with the CMCA Summer Gala on the evening of Friday, August 18, is the exhibition Linden Frederick | Night Stories, featuring fifteen new paintings by the Belfast, Maine-based artist, created in collaboration with fifteen outstanding American writers, including: Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See) National Book Award-finalist Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog) National Book Award-winner Louise Erdrich (The Round House) National Book Award-finalist Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the…

Screen | Heather Lyon | MILK, ROLL, WRAP

September 25 - December 17

A sculptor who works with unlikely materials, ranging from rebar to sequins to milk, Heather Lyon’s (b. 1975) most recent work includes task-based performance videos, which question interpersonal relationships and the ways we negotiate longing, loss, desire, power and vulnerability. MILK was created during a residency at Pinea Linea de Costa in the southern coastal town of Rota, Spain. Lyon is seated in a tower once belonging to a nunnery that was the only built structure remaining after a Tsunami devastated the town in…

Materiality | The Matter of Matter | Gallery I

November 11, 2017 - February 11, 2018

  You begin with the possibilities of the material. –Robert Rauschenberg The question of how and why an artist uses materials has long been a topic of consideration in art history. Today, many artists are looking to this question and seeking to find a balance between what they use to make work and the concepts behind them. Providing agency to the materials themselves, artists are looking at materials as a means of communication, whether they are expanding on traditional media…

Materiality | The Matter of Matter | Gallery II

November 11, 2017 - February 11, 2018

  You begin with the possibilities of the material. –Robert Rauschenberg The question of how and why an artist uses materials has long been a topic of consideration in art history. Today, many artists are looking to this question and seeking to find a balance between what they use to make work and the concepts behind them. Providing agency to the materials themselves, artists are looking at materials as a means of communication, whether they are expanding on traditional media…

Materiality | The Matter of Matter | Gallery III

November 11, 2017 - February 11, 2018

  You begin with the possibilities of the material. –Robert Rauschenberg The question of how and why an artist uses materials has long been a topic of consideration in art history. Today, many artists are looking to this question and seeking to find a balance between what they use to make work and the concepts behind them. Providing agency to the materials themselves, artists are looking at materials as a means of communication, whether they are expanding on traditional media…

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