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Spring 2013

Artist's Talk: Erin Sweetney

Artist's Talk: Erin Sweetney

April 23, 20134:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Erin Sweeney is a book artist, printmaker, and installation artist who lives and works in southern New Hampshire, in the small town in which she grew up. Sweeney's relationships with her home place, her family, and her part-time construction job all have major impacts on her work. In her talk she will discuss how she lives as an artist who works for her brother and rents from her parents.

Sponsored by the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project & the Art Department

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James Smalls, Art Historian - Feral Benga: An African Muse of Homo-Utopia

James Smalls, Art Historian - Feral Benga: An African Muse of Homo-Utopia

April 18, 20134:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

University of Maryland, Baltimore County art historian James Smalls will speak on the influence of the Senegalese dancer and artist/model Feral Benga on early to mid-twentieth century queer visual representation.

Smalls writes on representations of homosexuality in Western art, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, and queer sexuality in the art and visual culture of the nineteenth century, as well as the art and visual culture of the black diaspora.

He is the author of Homosexuality in Art (Parkstone Press, 2003) and The Homoerotic Photography of Carl Van Vechten: Public Face, Private Thoughts (Temple University Press, 2006). He has published essays in a number of prominent journals, including American Art, French Historical Studies, Third Text, Art Journal, and Art Criticism.

Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts, the Gay and Lesbian Studies Program, the English Department, the Art History Department, and the Africana Studies Program.

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Artist's Talk by Photographer JOCELYN LEE

Artist's Talk by Photographer JOCELYN LEE

April 17, 20134:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Women are Beautiful and other projects: 20 Years of Photography by Jocelyn Lee

Jocelyn Lee's fascination with the physical and psychological transitions of human development has produced incisive portraits that capture the fraught passage from adolescence to adulthood, as well as the change that aging registers on the face and body, placing her in the documentary tradition of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Diane Arbus. In addition to portraiture, Lee has explored landscape and interior photography throughout her career. Consistent in her work is a focus on the visual and tactile qualities of the material world, emphasizing chromatic and textural richness of flesh, fabric, and foliage.

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Unveil the Mysterious Tibet Through a Candid Lens

Unveil the Mysterious Tibet Through a Candid Lens

April 16, 20134:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Distinguished linguist and photographer, Kuo-ming Sung is Associate Professor and Chair at Lawrence University.

Prof. Sung has published several books on Tibet and the Tibetan language, and is currently working on a textbook of Colloquial Lhasa Tibetan language.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin.

Free and Open to the Public.

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"Things That Matter: How Inuit Artists Create Meaning" - Arctic Museum Exhibit Opening Lecture

April 10, 20137:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Norman Vorano, curator of Contemporary Inuit Art at theCanadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau, Quebec, will deliver a lectureentitled Things that Matter: How InuitArtists Create Meaning on April 10 at 7 pm in the Visual Arts Center,Kresge Auditorium on the Bowdoin College campus. The lecture marks the openingof The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum’s newest exhibit, Spirits of Land, Air, and Water: Antler Carvings from the Robert andJudith Toll Collection. Following the talk the museum will host a receptionat 8 pm in the foyer of Hubbard Hall.Guestswill also be able to tour the exhibit at that time.

Vorano, who holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual andCultural Studies from the University of Rochester, has worked with Inuit artand Inuit artists for over a decade. He has studied the history of Inuitprintmaking, the influence of Japanese printers and printmaking on Inuitprintmakers, and the many ways in which Inuit art is part of the modern world.At the Museum of Civilization he curated the exhibit Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration; Early Printmaking in the Canadian Arctic,and the online exhibit Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Vorano here to deliver whatpromises to be a very interesting and lively talk,” reports curator GenevieveLeMoine, “His perspective on the place of art in Inuit society, and in thesouth, is refreshing and I’m sure he will have interesting stories about hiswork with the artists.” Verano’s talk will examine the ways that Inuit artistsuse their art to create meaning for themselves, for their communities, and fortheir southern audiences.

Following the talk guests will be welcomed to the newexhibit, which features over 30 caribou antler carvings from the CanadianArctic, as well as a selection of Inuit prints highlighting the importance ofcaribou in Inuit culture. 

For more information visit our web page at www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum  or call 207-725-3416.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

February 2, 201310:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin College student assistants to the curator organize and present "Family Saturday." Enjoy interactive learning and fun.

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Symposium: Reading Prints: David P. Becker's Legacy at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Symposium: Reading Prints: David P. Becker's Legacy at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

February 1, 201310:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Museum of Art, Halford Gallery

Katharine J. Watson, director emerita, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and Aprile Gallant, Smith College Museum of Art, followed by a viewing of selected prints from David Becker's bequest.


You are invited to attend this symposium presented in conjunction with Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker on view through March 24, 2013. Speakers will introduce aspects of the printmaking tradition that exemplify the joys and rewards of close looking and in-depth study. Printmaking ABC comprises masterly prints from Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt to David Hockney and Mel Chin and is drawn from the collection of 1,500 works of art given and bequeathed to Bowdoin by David Becker, Class of 1970. David Becker, scholar, collector, and educator, is remembered at Bowdoin as a trustee, quiet philanthropist, and advocate for the Museum of Art.

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Reading Prints: David Becker's Legacy at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Reading Prints: David Becker's Legacy at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

January 31, 20133:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Session I:
Clifford Ackley, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Marjorie Cohn, formerly Harvard Art Museums; Shelley Langdale '85, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Sue Reed, formerly Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Speakers introduce aspects of the printmaking tradition that exemplify the joys and rewards of close looking and in-depth study.

Presented in conjunction with Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through March 24, 2013. The exhibition comprises masterly prints from Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt to David Hockney and Mel Chin is drawn from the collection of 1,500 prints given and bequeathed by David Becker, Class of 1970. David Becker, scholar, collector, and educator, is remembered at Bowdoin as a trustee, quiet philanthropist, and advocate for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

This session will be followed by the Museum of Art's Winter Open House from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Session II of this symposium will be held February 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Museum.

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The Fixed Image: History and Process in American Photography

The Fixed Image: History and Process in American Photography

January 22, 201310:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Becker Gallery

This is the first day of the exhibition "The Fixed Image: History and Process in American Photography" in the Becker Gallery at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

The exhibition highlights technical developments of photographic processes and their intersections with cultural and historical moments in the United States. Organized in connection with Dana Byrd's course ARTH 244: Shoot, Snap, Instagram: A History of Photography in America.

The exhibition continues through March 3, 2013.

Image: Gurney & Son, Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, albumen print. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Opening for Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife

Opening for Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife

December 6, 20125:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

You are invited to a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to celebrate the exhibition Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife, on view in the Zuckert Gallery December 6 through December 23, 2012.

This student-organized exhibition highlights the influence of Michelangelo's art and the legend of his character in the years after his death. Reproductive prints by Renaissance artists, images of Michelangelo, and drawings that emulate his style comprise the show. Viewers are offered a pithy example of how Michelangelo made his mark on more than the Sistine Chapel.

The exhibition was organized by students in Associate Professor of Art History Susan Wegner's seminar, AH 324: Art and Life of Michelangelo.

Image: Giorgio Ghisi, Italian, 1520-1582. Allegory of Life, 1561, engraving. Gift of Leo Steinberg 1996.88.

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Lecture: "From Abject Horror to Witty Play: The Oscillating Modes of the Supernatural in 19th-Century Japan"

Lecture:

November 15, 20124:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Japanese prints from the Edo period (1600-1868) often feature haggard ghosts, vengeful demons, and mischievous beings. Daniel McKee will discuss these prints in connection with literary, theatrical, and political discourses, reading them as a medium of socio-political critique.

McKee, Japanese studies bibliographer and adjunct assistant professor in Cornell University's East Asian Program, was formerly the curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art.

This talk is organized in conjunction with Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints, on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and is presented as part of the series of events recognizing 25 years of the Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin.

Sponsored by the Lectures and Concerts Committee, Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, Asian Studies Program, Art History Division of the Department of Art, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Presented by Asian Studies and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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Exhibition Opening: "A Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker"

Exhibition Opening:

November 15, 201210:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Bernard & Barbro Osher Gallery

This selection of masterly prints from Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt to David Hockney and Jasper Johns is drawn from the collection of 1,500 prints given and bequeathed by Bowdoin alumnus David P. Becker, class of 1970.

Becker, a former trustee of the College, was an internationally recognized print scholar whose expertise encompassed drawings, illustrated books, and writing manuals. Throughout his life, he collected with the intent to build a comprehensive teaching resource for his alma mater.

This exhibition will introduce visitors to the techniques, themes, and stylistic developments of western printmaking since the Renaissance. The exhibition is on view through March 10, 2013.

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Susan Merriam, Associate Professor of Art History from Bard College: Being Animal, Becoming Human. Exploring the Human-Animal Boundary in the Visual Culture of Early Modern Europe

Susan Merriam, Associate Professor of Art History from Bard College: Being Animal, Becoming Human. Exploring the Human-Animal Boundary in the Visual Culture of Early Modern Europe

November 14, 20126:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Susan Merriam, Associate Professor of Art History from Bard College will speak on "Being Animal, Becoming Human. Exploring the Human-Animal Boundary in the Visual Culture of Early Modern Europe" She will consider early modern attitudes toward and images of animals

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