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Best Place to Be Young, Wear Black, and Be Painfully Serious

Maine College of Art

The lobby of the main building of the Maine College of Art, between the entrances to the Institute of Contemporary Art and the June Fitzpatrick Gallery, is a serious place — you can tell, because there’s an Institute. And there’s a painfully bad sculpture by a well-known serious artist right there in the front of the building.

Tragic hipness is a proprietary condition of the young, and those who have it always think they invented it. It’s how nature arranges the changing of the generations. If you don’t take yourself pretty seriously, who will? Those of us who’ve been around long enough to see a few successive waves of hipness may look upon the scene with detached bemusement, but not disdain. We remember what it was like.

So if you’re hip enough to call the First Friday Art Walk “amateur night” and you’re convinced that there’s a street-level Chelsea gallery with polished concrete floors waiting just for you, go for it. You might be the one.

Maine College of Art | 522 Congress St, Portland | 207.775.3052 |
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