Upcoming Events

Elizabeth Siegel: "Making Photography New: Abelardo Morell and Current Trends in Photography"

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September 10, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Elizabeth Siegel curated the exhibition "Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door" at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is Associate Curator of Photography. She speaks about Morell's work and its relationship to larger trends in the world of contemporary photography.


Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Maine Photo Project and presented in conjunction with the exhibition "The Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell" on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here or send a message to artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.


Photo:  "Winter Landscape" (detail), 2015 by Abelardo Morell

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Art Historian Linda Docherty, Gallery Conversation: "Night Vision" Paintings and Prints

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September 15, 2015 12:00 PM  – 12:45 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Linda Docherty, associate professor emerita of art history at Bowdoin College, discusses paintings and prints in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art. She examines works by artists Winslow Homer, Charles Burchfield, and Marguerite Zorach, who cherished the moon as an impetus to creativity.

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"Mirage - Ships at Night," (detail), 1919, oil on canvas by William Zorach. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift from the collection of the Zorach children. Image: Art Resource, NY

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Eleanor Harvey Lecture: "Darkness Visible"

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September 17, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Lecturer Eleanor Harvey curated the exhibition The Civil War and American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she is senior curator. Drawing from that project, she speaks about the interest in darkness by American artists. 

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960

RSVPs are requested but not required. 
You may RSVP here send a message to artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu. 

Photo: A Waterfall Moonlight, ca. 1886, (detail) oil on canvas, by Ralph Albert Blakelock. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Bequest of Eda K. Loeb. 

Image copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Anna O. Marley Gallery Talk: "Debating African-American Art: A Curatorial Perspective"

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September 18, 2015 2:00 PM  – 3:00 PM
Museum of Art, Halford Gallery

Anna O. Marley is the curator of historical American art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She is a scholar of American art and material culture from the colonial era to 1945 and has curated numerous exhibitions including the touring retrospective Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit (2012). She is currently working on future exhibits on Thomas Eakins' photography and 19th-century history painting in the Americas. Her talk "Debating African-American Art: A Curatorial Perspective" will address the challenges in curating African-American art.

Sponsored by the Art History and Africana Studies departments and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Image: Nicodemus, 1899, oil on canvas, by Henry Ossawa Tanner. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Joseph E. Temple Fund (1900.1).

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An Evening with Filmmaker Michel Auder

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September 24, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

French filmmaker and photographer Michel Auder, who has been based in New York since 1970, introduces a selection of his films in conversation with Museum Curator Joachim Homann. 

Untitled (I Was Looking Back To See If You Were Looking Back At Me To See Me Looking Back At You) is currently on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and presents a contemporary counterpoint to Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  Michel Auder





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Allen Hockley: "Woodblock Illustrated Histories of Meiji-era Japan"

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October 14, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The threat westernization posed to indigenous cultural practices during the middle decades of the Meiji era (1868-1912) sparked a resurgence of traditional values that rippled through government policies, social institutions, and cultural production. Historians have invested considerable effort to understand the causes, manifestations, and legacies of these developments. Art historians have been attentive to popular artists' engagement with social and cultural developments of the Meiji era. But apart from Sino- and Russo-Japanese war imagery, the role of popular visual culture in the formation and dissemination of Meiji-era nativist and nationalist discourses has not yet received serious consideration. This lecture addresses these lapses by focusing on a large and varied corpus of woodblock prints and illustrated books that engage nationalist ideologies by attempting to visualize key moments in Japan's 2500-year history.

Allen Hockley, associate professor of Art History and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College, is a specialist in Japanese art. He received his B.A. from the University of Victoria, M.A. from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

This lecture is sponsored by Bowdoin College Art History and Asian Studies Departments.

Image: Adachi Gink: Empress Regent Jing Subjugates Korea, from Illustrated Historical Synopsis of Japan, 1888

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Maria Ruvoldt: "Michelangelo in Mid-Life"

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October 21, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Maria Ruvoldt, associate professor of art history at Fordham University and well-known scholar of the art of Michelangelo, is the author of The Italian Renaissance Imagery of Inspiration: Metaphors of Sex, Sleep, and Dreams (2004). As a 2014-2015 Fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, she has conducted research on Michelangelo's highly-finished gift drawings and subsequent copies in other media. 

Sponsored by the Departments of Art History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Mediterranean Studies. 

Photo: cover from Maria Ruvoldt's book, The Italian Renaissance Imagery of Inspiration: Metaphors of Sex, Sleep, and Dreams, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

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Namiko Kunimoto: "Nakamura Hiroshi and the Politics of Embodiment"

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November 11, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Dr. Namiko Kunimoto, assistant professor of art history at the Ohio State University will deliver a public lecture on the modern Japanese artist Nakamura Hiroshi (b. 1932).  A significant artist active in the 1950s, Nakamura was part of the "reportage" movement and created works that critiqued the US military presence in Japan. Dr. Kunimoto will be discussing these paintings as well as Nakamura Hiroshi's later turn to Surrealism within the context of postwar Japanese politics. 

Sponsored by the Departments of Art History and Asian Studies.

Image: Taken from "Sunagawa No. 5" by Hiroshi Nakamura, 1955, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

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