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On Loan: Maurice Prendergast

By jhenderson on July 15, 2013

Two paintings from the Picker Art Gallery’s permanent collection by American Impressionist Maurice Prendergast will be on view at Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Portland, Maine from June 29 to October 13. Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea is the first exhibition ever dedicated to the artist’s seaside work. READ MORE

Maurice Prendergast, American, 1858-1924. Seaside, Maine, ca. 1911. Oil on panel, 10 ¼” x 13 ¾”. Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast.

Maurice Prendergast, American, 1858-1924
Seaside, Maine, ca. 1911
Oil on panel, 101/4″ x 133/4″
Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast

Adjaye Associates share plans for Center for Art and Culture

By jhenderson on June 29, 2013

One year ago, Adjaye Associates was hired to develop preliminary architectural plans for the proposed Colgate Center for Art and Culture. On Thursday, June 27, at the Colgate Inn, the firm’s principal, David Adjaye, was back in Hamilton to share the firm’s designs. READ MORE

Colgate University gives indigenous artworks to Curtin Unversity

By jhenderson on June 21, 2013

In an important example of international, cultural, and educational collaboration, Colgate University sent 119 indigenous artworks from the Picker’s collection to Curtin University in Western Australia this past June. The works were by Noongar children who were part of Australia’s “Stolen Generations.” READ MORE

Parnell Dempster, Down to Drink (ca. 1949), Pastel. Gift of Herbert Mayer, Class of 1929

Parnell Dempster, Down to Drink (ca. 1949), Pastel. Gift of Herbert Mayer, Class of 1929.

Anja Chávez – Director of University Museums

By jhenderson on May 1, 2013

Anja Chávez, Director of University MuseumsThe Picker Art Gallery is pleased to welcome Anja Chávez as Colgate’s director of university museums. Anja leads the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology, as well as the university’s envisioned Center for Art and Culture.

Dr. Chávez expresses her approach to museums by declaring, “I am profoundly committed to the principles of a teaching museum, to excellence and innovation in the arts, and to sharing my passion with academic communities and the general public.”

For further information, see Colgate’s announcement here.

New Acquisition: Exit Art

By jhenderson on April 30, 2013
Chakaia Booker, American, born 1953. Quality Time, 2004. Vulcanized synthetic rubber relief, overall: 26” x 20”. Gift of Exit Art.

Chakaia Booker (American, b. 1953)
Quality Time, 2004
Vulcanized synthetic rubber relief, overall: 26″ x 20″
Gift of Exit Art

The Picker recently received a generous gift of eight portfolios featuring prints by more than 50 contemporary artists—many new to the gallery’s collection— from the alternative arts space Exit Art. Founded in 1982 in New York City by Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo, Exit Art brought attention to the work of under-recognized and emerging artists through innovative exhibitions, films, and performances until it closed last year. The wide range of materials and techniques offers a veritable history of recent developments in printmaking. For example, in the 2004 portfolio Six by Four, the prints range from an inkjet print with hand perforation to a 4’ x 18’ schematic rendering of a shipping container.

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Digital Exhibition – Selected Old Masters from the Picker Art Gallery

By jhenderson on April 17, 2013

With the generous gift from Donald Schaefer ’46 of several Old Master paintings from the seventeenth-century Low Countries, the gallery’s collection was dramatically enriched. To celebrate, Professor Judith Oliver  has developed an online digital exhibition focusing on a selection the Picker’s holdings of European art entitled Selected Old Masters from the Picker Art Gallery. This is the first of what will become a series of curated digital exhibitions that showcase the permanent collection. View the Exhibition.

Pieter Brueghel the Younger (Flemish, 1564/65-1637/38)<br /> <em>Winter Landscape with Ice-Skaters</em> (after 1616) Oil on panel, 22 &frac34;” x 17”<br /> Gift of Max Oberlander

Pieter Brueghel the Younger (Flemish, 1564/65-1637/38)
Winter Landscape with Ice-Skaters (after 1616) Oil on panel, 22 ¾” x 17”
Gift of Max Oberlander