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Julie Poitras Santos, Artist Talk: visual practice as woven text

Julie Poitras Santos, Artist Talk: visual practice as woven text

February 24, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Come join us as Visual Art's own Julie Poitras Santos speaks about her work. Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Visual Arts Department

Image: "A Thickening Rhythm," 2012. photo credit: Luc Demers

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"Galileo's Reading" Book Presentation by Crystal Hall

"Galileo's Reading" Book Presentation by Crystal Hall

February 27, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Crystal Hall, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities with the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, shares Galileo Galilei's insults written for philosophers and inspired by Italian poets with a reading from her new book. Also, in celebration of Galileo's 450th birthday and 404th anniversary of his observation of the moon and Jupiter, attendees will partake in a live demonstration using Galileoscopes. These telescopes allow one to view things the same as Galileo.

Crystal Hall holds a PhD and an MA in Italian from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research and teaching draw from the interdisciplinary crossroads of Italian literature, early modern science and philosophy, and digital studies. The research for Galileo's Reading generated the material for her digital humanities project "Galileo's Library" and the conclusions she reached while writing the book are allowing her to test new tools for large-scale text analysis in multilingual bodies of work.

Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.

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An Abundant Life: Artist Talk by James Aponovich

An Abundant Life: Artist Talk by James Aponovich

March 24, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

One of New England's premier contemporary artists of the past 25 years, Aponovich spent his time as New Hampshire's Artist Laureate and was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2005. 


His work can be found in numerous public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fin Arts, Boston; Currier Museum of Art; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; and the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, to name a few. 

Sponsored by the Blyth Bickel Edwards Fund and the Visual Arts Division of the Department of Art

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Susan Groce: Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist

Susan Groce: Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist

March 25, 2014 4:15 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Susan Groce received her MFA from the University of Michigan. Her prints and drawings have been in over 180 solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions and are included in private, public, and corporate collections all over the world. 


Susan will talk about her own art practice, her involvement with safer print research/teaching in Maine, Scotland, and Australia, and her oversight and design of the just completed construction of a full system safer print studio at the Wyeth Center, UMaine.

Sponsored by the Marvin Bileck and Emily Nelligan Trust

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Zoe Kwok Lecture - Fantastic Spaces: Visual Imagination in Chinese Architectural Painting

Zoe Kwok Lecture - Fantastic Spaces: Visual Imagination in Chinese Architectural Painting

March 26, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Dr. Zoe Kwok, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, will deliver a campus and community-wide lecture on Chinese architectural painting. Her talk highlights previously overlooked aspects of this genre which is often praised for its precision yet glossed over as simply mechanical. Dr. Kwok will discuss the creative ways artists from the tenth to fourteenth centuries manipulated images of architecture to best suit the narrative requirements of their compositions.

Sponsored by the Annie Talbot Cole Lectureship Fund and Bowdoin's Art History and Asian Studies Departments.

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David Stork Lecture: Computer Vision in the Study of Art: New Rigorous Approaches to the Study of Paintings and Drawings

David Stork Lecture: Computer Vision in the Study of Art: New Rigorous Approaches to the Study of Paintings and Drawings

April 21, 2014 4:15 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

What can computers reveal about images that even the best-trained connoisseurs, art historians and artist cannot? How much more powerful and revealing will these methods become? In short, how is the "hard humanities" field of computer image and analysis of art changing our understanding of paintings and drawings?


David Stork's lecture will include computer vision, pattern recognition and image analysis of works by Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Lorenzo Lotto, and several others. You may never see paintings the same way again.

Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.

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