Academic Affairs

Visual Culture in the 21st Century


Spring 2008 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:

Wednesday, February 6
“Just Art”
Carrie Lambert-Beatty
Lambert-Beatty is assistant professor of visual and environmental studies and of history of art and architecture at Harvard University.
7:30 p.m. Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Wednesday, February 13
“The Iconoclastic Project”
Jon Calame
Canvases are slashed, marble limbs hammered, statues dragged to the ground, and palaces burned. Is this always the work of irrational actors, or can it constitute a sophisticated brand of cultural critique? Case studies will Illuminate a dirty secret of the fine art world: there is a shared logic governing these demolitions, and a yearning for social justice fans this smoldering bonfire of vanities.
C. Brian Rose7:30 p.m. Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Wednesday, February 20
C. Brian Rose
Rose is James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology and curator-in-charge of the Mediterranean section of the Pennsylvania University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
7:00 p.m. Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Hopkinson SmithSaturday, February 23
Hopkinson Smith, lute
The world-renowned lutenist will perform French and Italian music from the first half of the sixteenth century, including works by Francesco da Milano and Albert de Rippe, and music from the Attaingnant prints.
3:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Wednesday, February 27
“Local Histories, Public Art, and the Creative Process”
Anna Schuleit, painter and installation artist
7:30 p.m.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Thursday, February 28
“Opening the Image: Appreciation and Care of Chinese Scrolls and Albums”
Andrew Hare
Andrew Hare, supervisory conservator of East Asian painting, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, apprenticed at the Usami Shokakudo studio within the Kyoto National Museum Conservation Center for Cultural Properties for ten years before accepting his current position at the Smithsonian Institution. His expertise includes the materials, techniques, and historic formats for mounting in China and Korea.
7:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Wednesday, April 2
Patty Chang, performance artist
7:30 p.m. Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Tuesday, April 8
“Chinese Art and the Art of Calligraphy”
Cary Y. Liu, Asian art curator, Princeton University Art Museum
A specialist in Chinese art history, Liu has researched and published on Han dynasty funerary monuments, architecture for the living and the dead, and the art of Chinese calligraphy.
7:00 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Wednesday, April 9
“Giving Children a Voice through Photography”
Nancy McGirr
Former Reuters photographer and founder of Fotokids
7:30 p.m., Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
Presented in coordination with kNOw Poverty week and co-sponsored by the Community Service Resource Center.
7:30 p.m., Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Thursday, April 24
“Cultural Identity and Archaeology: Native Americans and Repatriation”
Thomas J. Green
Director of the Arkansas Archaeological Survey, University of Arkansas
7:00 p.m. Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Monday, April 28
Claire Lyons
Lyons is collections curator for the History of Archaeology and Ancient Art, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute.

Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3
Bowdoin Chorus and Orchestra
Under the direction of Anthony Antolini ’63, the Chorus will perform Carl Orff’s Trionfo di Afroditewith the Bowdoin Orchestra, Portland Ballet, and soloists; the Bowdoin Orchestra, led by Roland Vazquez, will perform a premiere by Abigail Isaacson ’08.
7:30 p.m. Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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