Academic Affairs

Visual Culture in the 21st Century

Fall 2007 Events

In celebration of the October 14, 2007, reopening of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bowdoin faculty are mounting Visual Culture in the 21st Century, a year-long program of cross-disciplinary courses, public talks and performances, and departmental events exploring the vitality and importance of the visual arts. Bowdoin faculty from anthropologists to artists, art historians to sociologists, are challenging students to deepen the dialogue between art and life. They also are bringing to campus scholars and artists of national and international reputation to widen the discussion about art and politics, memory, beauty, gender, architecture, and spirituality. Visit this link for an in-depth feature about Visual Culture in the 21st Century. Some highlights of public events include:

David LubinThursday, September 27
David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art, Wake Forest University
"Art for War's Sake: WWI and American Visual Culture"
7:30 p.m., Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Tuesday, October 2
Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author of 365 Days/365 Plays
Suzan-Lori Parks7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Friday, October 19-Sunday, October 21
365 Days/365 Plays Performances
8 p.m. (Sunday 2 p.m.), Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Wednesday, October 24
Ellen MilesEllen Miles, Curator, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Collection Cameos I: "Persuasion and Power: Presidential Portraits Past and Present"
7:30 p.m. Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Tuesday, November 6
Dr. Peter Eisenman, Architect and Professor of Architecture at Yale University
Dr. Peter Eisenman"Visual Culture/Memorial Culture: The Berlin Holocaust Memorial"
7:30 p.m., Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Tuesday, November 13
Christiane Joost-Gaugier, Professor of Art History, Emerita, University of New Mexico
Collection Cameos II: "Nature and the Abstract: Pontormo, Beccafumi and the Early Beginnings of Modern Art"
7 p.m., Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Professor Linda Docherty teaching “Art and Life” in the Museum’s new dedicated classroom, the Zuckert Seminar Room
Professor Linda Docherty teaching "Art and Life"
in the Museum's new dedicated classroom, the Zuckert Seminar Room

Visual Culture in the 21st Century