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July 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Portland Preview Event

Doug Varone and Dancers team up with Abstract Painter and MECA&D Faculty member Michel Droge for a look at the inspired work of Joan Mitchell through dance, imagery, and dialogue. A special presentation co-sponsored by Maine College of Art & Design and the Bates Dance Festival. Friday, July 15, 7:00pm at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA&D.

Image header shows Doug Varone and Dancers by Grant Halverson.

About Joan Mitchell

"La Vie en Rose". 1979. Oil on canvas. Overall (4 panels): H. 110-3/8, W. 268-1/4 inches (280.4 x 681.4 cm.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Anonymous Gift and Purchase, George A. Hearn Fund, by exchange, 1991 (1991.139a-d) Image licenced to Jen Dohne Joan Mitchell Foundation by Jen Dohne Usage : - 3000 X 3000 pixels (Letter Size, A4) © Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource

"La Vie en Rose". 1979. Oil on canvas. Overall (4 panels): H. 110-3/8, W. 268-1/4 inches (280.4 x 681.4 cm.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Anonymous Gift and Purchase, George A. Hearn Fund, by exchange, 1991 (1991.139a-d) Image licenced to Jen Dohne Joan Mitchell Foundation by Jen Dohne. © Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource

Joan Mitchell’s primary medium was oil paint on canvas. Mitchell’s professional period began around 1950 and can be loosely defined as the point when she moved into full abstraction. Throughout her life she never ceased to deepen and refine her relationship to and facility with the medium. Her oeuvre can be broken down into a multitude of periods; shifts in her work typically coincide with a shift in her surrounding landscape, personal relationships, or some major life event. Learn more.

About Doug Varone

Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theater, opera, film, television and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. By any measure, his work is extraordinary for its emotional range, kinetic breadth and the many arenas in which he works.

His New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for nearly three decades. In 2008, Varone’s Bottomland, set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, was the subject of the PBS Dance in America: Wolf Trap’s Face of America. Learn more.

About Michel Droge

Michel Droge received her BA from Oberlin College and her MFA from Maine College of Art & Design. She is the recipient of awards and grants including the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award and a Maine Arts Commission Grant. She exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally. Learn more.

Details

Date:
July 15, 2016
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Venue

Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design, first floor