UMMA Announces Spring Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in April. UMMA, which is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s spring exhibitions will open to the public on April 3 and run through June 6, 2015. Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Goethe" by Andy Warhol

“Goethe” by Andy Warhol

This exhibition features works by Andy Warhol, the principal figure of American Pop Art who was known for elevating aspects of popular culture and consumerism into the realm of “high art”. Photographs and Screenprints showcase two recent gifts to UMMA’s permanent collection from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. in New York City, and marks the first time many of these works have been seen in Maine.

Included are Warhol’s screenprints of Sitting Bull, Goethe, Hans Christian Andersen and the artist’s iconic Flowers, 1970. Also featured is a selection of gelatin silver prints and Polaroid images of celebrities and socialites such as Farrah Fawcett, Candy Spelling, Pia Zadora and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch of the West), among others.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints is funded in part by the University of Maine Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Elizabeth Livingston: Dark Houses
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Night Fell" by Elizabeth Livingston

“Night Fell” by Elizabeth Livingston

New York-based artist Elizabeth Livingston often paints lone women in suburban and rural environments. While these women are depicted amongst the luxuries and comfort of domestic life, there is a feeling of isolation and an ominous undercurrent present in the paintings. As reflected in self-portraits of the artist sleeping nestled under plush bedding, Livingston points out that, “we are most vulnerable when we feel the most protected.” In these works, the artist places the viewer in the position of voyeur. We peer as if through a window into comfortable abodes for a glimpse of the inhabitants often pictured against backdrops of richly patterned wallpaper and domestic objects.

In Livingston’s recent scenes of country homes, where porch lights glow amidst a darkened landscape, she suggests, “they are both safe houses and defenseless outposts about to be consumed by night.”

Jennifer Caine: Amnesia
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Boundaries #2" by Jennifer Leigh Caine

“Boundaries #2” by Jennifer Leigh Caine

Often using oil paint combined with marble dust to achieve lustrous matte surfaces, Jennifer Caine’s paintings emerge from an accumulation of layers. While her works may initially find inspiration from specific memories, elements from the environment, or the line of a poem, the references become unrecognizable as they are embedded in the strata of paint. Layers are built up and stripped away through scraping and sanding to expose colors and marks from earlier iterations. Caine’s paintings are rooted in the passage of time, memory and the physical world. The artist states, “As memory is fluid and labile, so are my paintings, informed by current decisions as well as by the history and legacy of the underlying layers.”

Caine’s etchings are equally striking. The varied and decisive marks she employs in several images appear to be solely abstract, while in others seem to suggest the contour of forms existing in the natural world.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.