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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…

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…

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…

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