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Caleb Cole, The Language of Flowers, 2017. From the series "To Be Seen". Collage of early 1900s postcards on Archival Pigment Print from vintage photograph. Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA.

Newport Art Museum Will Present “Forget Me Not”, mixed media works by Caleb Cole


The Newport Art Museum will showcase a mini retrospective of mixed media works by contemporary artist Caleb Cole. The exhibition is on view from May 27 through July 30, 2017 in the Museum’s historic John N.A. Griswold House, at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.

The Opening Reception for “Forget Me Not” will be Thursday, June 8 from 5 – 9 pm during the Museum’s late night programming, Art After Dark. Art After Dark and the Opening Reception are free for Museum members, $10 suggested donation for non-members, cash bar. Visit www.newportartmuseum.org or call 401-848-8200 for event details.

Caleb Cole’s meticulously crafted work deals with the complex issues of identity, culture, visual and print culture, and history. Whether it is using and altering found photographic images, historic photographic processes, Victorian postcards, old possessions, or vintage magazines, Cole incorporates elements of the past to explore issues of gender, identity, and sexuality. This exhibition includes a selection of works from Cole’s various projects including “To Be Seen,” which blends Victorian postcards and vintage photographs, “Blue Boys” for which he used the nineteenth-century cyanotype process to print antique portraits onto old classifieds in magazines,  and “Traces,” which are hand-assembled collages of 1980s and 1990s gay men’s magazines. At the heart of these tender and thoughtful works is an examination of the cultural constructs of “masculinity,” “femininity,” “beauty,” and desire, as well as the exploration of the issues like visibility, vulnerability, and the “access and interest in queer and trans bodies.”

Born in Indianapolis, Caleb Cole is a former altar server, scout, and 4-H Grand Champion in Gift Wrapping. His mother instilled in him a love of garage sales and thrift stores, where he developed a fascination with the junk that people leave behind. Currently based in Massachusetts, Cole has had solo exhibitions in Boston, New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of the Brown University Art Museum and Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. His many distinctions include being a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, 2013 Hearst 8 x10 Biennial Winner, three-time Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner, 2011 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award winner, 2009 Artadia Award winner, and a 2009 Photolucida Critical Mass finalist. He earned his B.A. from Indiana University and studied at the New England School of Photography where he now teaches. Cole is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION PROGRAMS:

Teen Talk Back with Caleb Cole
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 5:00-6:30 pm

A very special opportunity for teens to connect with exhibiting artist, Caleb Cole, whose work explores gender, identity and notions of vulnerability. Start the conversation in Instagram by following our MuSE students at @nammuse and Caleb Cole at @calebxcole, and then join us for Teen Talk Back in the gallery with Cole and his work.
Free and open to teens and young adults. Light refreshments.
Facebook event: facebook.com/events/298659407243769
Register at newportartmuseum.org.
Caleb Cole: “Forget Me Not” Artist Talk & Closing Party
Friday, July 28, 2017,  6:00-8:00 pm
 
Promise yourself you won’t miss Caleb Cole’s evening artist talk “Forget Me Not”, followed by celebratory themed cocktails in the Library of the historic Griswold House! Cole’s tender and meticulously crafted works explore vulnerability, gender and identity, and his talk promises to be both entertaining and illuminating. Forget Me Not guests are encouraged to attend in elaborate, floral, campy, vintage or festive dress, and will enjoy a complimentary flower-themed cocktail in return!
Free for members, $10 suggested donation for non-members.
Cash bar & light refreshments.
Reservations recommended as seating is limited. Register at newportartmuseum.org.

About the Newport Art Museum
Founded in 1912, the Newport Art Museum provides exceptional arts education, public programming, community outreach, and exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, which spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connection – to oneself, the community and the wider world. Over 3,500 fine art objects and important archives comprise the museum’s growing permanent collection. Operating from historically significant buildings, the museum is set within a beautiful park-like arts campus on Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Newport Art Museum Information
The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Sundayfrom noon to 4 pm, and from 10 am to 9 pm every second Thursday of the month for the Art After Dark programming. The museum is closed to the public on Mondays. Museum membership levels and benefits, art school classes and registration, exhibition schedules, public programming, and more can be found at www.newportartmuseum.org. Phone:(401) 848-8200.

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