LEWISTON — An exhibition of Maine photographer Jeffery Becton’s digital images and a show of posters from the worldwide Occupy movement opens at the Bates College Museum of Art on Friday, Nov. 6.

A reception is set for 6 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St.

Becton will sign copies of the new book, “The Farthest House,” during the opening. The book features 68 reproductions of Becton’s images.

His exhibition is titled The View Out His Window (and in his mind’s eye): Photographs by Jeffery Becton.”

The Occupy exhibit is titled The Art of Occupy: The Occuprint Portfolio.

Showing at the same time is Maine Collected: Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection, an exhibition of images from the museum’s holdings by living artists with a Maine connection.

Becton uses graphics technology to create dreamlike, seamless, surprising harmonies between disparate elements — colors, textures and pictorial components. A resident of Deer Isle, he draws on the state’s dramatic coastal environment for his digital montages, especially the long views of sea and sky. His camera captures domestic settings inside the elaborate, often quirky summer houses of the Down East coast.

Becton was born in New Jersey in 1947. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale in 1970, and a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from the Yale School of Art in 1976. He moved to Deer Isle in 1978.

The Occupy exhibit showcases posters from the worldwide Occupy Movement. Prints and posters have long been vehicles for the dissemination of political views, protest and socially engaged messages. Continuing that tradition, “Occuprint” was developed on the spur of the moment, in keeping with many aspects of the emerging Occupy Movement in 2011.

As Occupy Wall Street spread around the world, it motivated thousands of people to voice their anger at financial and social inequality. Posters, signs and banners were an integral part of the protests, carrying many messages of participants.

The Occupied Wall Street Journal, an affinity group of Occupy Wall Street, invited a group of designer-activists to guest-curate an issue dedicated to the poster art of the global Occupy movement. The Occuprint Portfolio grew out of this.

The 31 hand-silkscreened prints in this portfolio were selected from hundreds of submissions from around the world.

Funds raised from the sale of the portfolio support social justice projects. These and other posters are available to be downloaded for non-commercial use at www.occuprint.org.

The museum’s winter exhibitions run through March 26.

Bates art museum events are open to the public at no cost. The regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 7 p.m. Wednesdays while Bates is in session).

For more information, call 207-786-6158 or email [email protected]


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