ROCKLAND, ME.- The Center for Maine Contemporary Art
opened its new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The public opening celebration began with a ribboncutting ceremony, with CMCA board chair Charlotte Dixon and director Suzette McAvoy officiating.
CMCAs new building, constructed by Cold Mountain Builders (Belfast, Maine), provides more than 5,500 square feet of exceptional exhibition space for the presentation of work by contemporary artists. The 11,500-square-foot building includes three exhibition galleries (one of which doubles as a lecture hall/performance space), a gift shop, an ArtLab classroom, and a 2,200-squarefoot courtyard. The glass-enclosed space, with its emphasis on Maines legendary light, is unlike any other building in the state. It is designed to be accessible and inviting, with a central courtyard that offers views inside the galleries and welcomes the community like an open embrace. The new CMCA provides a dramatic destination for visitors and advances Maines exceptional legacy in American art.
The opening of this new building will start a new chapter in contemporary art in the state, said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy. By creating an architecturally significant space in the heart of Rocklands downtown arts district, CMCA will empower itself, more than ever before, to pursue its core mission of showcasing well-known and emerging Maine artists while taking Maine contemporary art to a new and elevated level.
Inaugural Exhibitions, June 26 through August 12
Three compelling solo exhibitions of work by artists Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz, and Rollin Leonard kicked off the inaugural exhibition schedule. Borofsky, a leading sculptor and printmaker who lives and works in Ogunquit, Maine, created a site-specific, large-scale installation, Human Structures: brightly-colored, translucent sculptures of the human figure.
Alex Katz: Small Paintings features the small-scale oil paintings that Katzwho has had a studio and home in Lincolnville, Maine, for more than sixty yearsproduces at the start of all of his works, regardless of finished size. Intimate, direct, and fresh, Katzs small paintings reveal a side of the eminent artists work that is rarely seen.
The work of Rollin Leonard, a Portland- and Los Angeles-based photographer and video artist is being featured in the exhibition Vernal Pool. Using arcane and idiosyncratic techniques, Leonard creates offbeat, provocative portraits and images of the human figure that push the edges of the photographic medium.
Toshiko Mori, FAIA, is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor at Harvard Universitys Graduate School of Design (GSD), where she was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. Mori is the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which she established in 1981 in New York City. Mori taught at the Cooper Union School of Architecture from 1983 until joining Harvards GSD faculty in 1995. She has been a visiting faculty member at Columbia University and Yale University, where she was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor in 1992. As a member and former chair of the World Economic Forums Global Agenda Council on Design, Mori has participated in sessions on scarcity-driven design, the future of cities and urban information systems, design related to olfactory sensation and experience, and the role of the artist in improving communities. Mori has received numerous awards, including two International Art Critics Association Awards. She was named to Architectural Digests Top 100 Architects List in 2014 and 2016. She lives in New York City and North Haven, Maine.