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Bowdoin Alumnus to be Portland Museum of Art Biennial Featured Artist

Story posted April 02, 2007

Allan G. Macintyre ’90 has been chosen to be one of 61 featured artists in the 2007 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, which will be on view from April 12 through June 10, 2007.

Macintyre’s video, Hummer, is one of 98 works culled from 920 applicants by three jurors to represent the best of contemporary art in the state of Maine. The Biennial highlights work by both emerging and established artists associated with Maine.

From Allan Macintyre's video, Hummer

“The ruby-throated hummingbird migrates every summer from Mexico and Central America to the mountains of Maine, where they nest and breed,” says Macintyre. “These birds can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, and their wings beat 53 to 70 times per second on average. Because of their amazing metabolism, ruby-throats need to feed constantly during the day.”

“Trained primarily as a photographer, in recent years I have used short videos and animations to begin a loose dialogue with the world around me,” says Macintyre. “After graduation from Bowdoin College in 1990, I have continued a migration of my own, coming back to Maine every summer to work and spend time with friends.”

Macintyre, who went on to earn an M.F.A. at the Massachusetts College of Art, has had solo exhibitions at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Gallery at the University of Texas, El Paso; the Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston; the Carpenter Center at Harvard University and the Wellington National Library and Rotorua Museum of Art, both in New Zealand.

Nature in its many manifestations has long been a staple of the artistic vocabulary in Maine, but what makes each Biennial different is the seemingly endless and yet inventive ways in which artists explore the implications of human interactions with the environment, both local and beyond. This year’s artists offer up leaves, flies, birdseed, a lone pine tree, strange sea urchins, a praying mantis, garbage dumps and the aftermath of Katrina as their subjects.

The 2007 Biennial is all about such intersections — nature and the human presence, abstraction and figuration, humor and seriousness. Understanding just where these aspects of our lives meet is what contemporary art is all about.

Last September, the jurors — Ellen Miller, founder of Miller Block Gallery in Boston; Johnnie Winona Ross, nationally recognized artist and former faculty member of the Maine College of Art; and Judith Stein, freelance curator, art critic, and author — viewed more than 3,680 slides and 37 videos in consideration for this year’s Biennial. A Jurors’ Prize will be announced at the Members’ Opening Reception on April 11. A full-color catalogue highlighting each artist will be published in conjunction with the exhibition and will be available in the Museum Store.

The Portland Museum of Art is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland, Maine, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. Memorial Day through Columbus Day, the Museum is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with I.D. $4 for youth 6 to 17. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge. The Museum is free on Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call (207) 775-6148 or click here.

The 2007 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is made possible by Bangor Savings Bank and the William E. and Helen E. Thon Endowment Fund. Media support has been provided by The Portland Phoenix.

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