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detail of "St. Jerome in his Study," 1514, by Albrecht Durer, German, 1471-1528. Engraving. Bequest of David P. Becker, Class of 1970.


June 24, 2017 - November 26, 2017
Boyd Gallery

This exhibition constitutes a significant contribution to our understanding of a critical facet of late medieval and early modern culture: the centrality of the macabre.
May 18, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Zuckert Seminar Room

The focus of this exhibition is a series of six large works on paper created during a visit to Sydney, Australia, in 2012. Titled “Sydney Botanical Garden” they respond to a bamboo plant that the artist encountered. Exhibited here for the first time, these stunning works surround viewers with a luscious, richly textured and colored, immersive environment.
May 03, 2017 - September 03, 2017
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

Presenting historic and contemporary selections from one of the nation’s oldest collections of drawings, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, this highly engaging exhibition explores the significance and pleasures found in tracing movements of the hand on paper by asking the question “Why Draw?”

Museum News

Groundbreaking Exhibition of Memento Mori from the Renaissance Opens at Bowdoin College Museum of Art on Saturday, June 24

Featuring nearly 70 objects, this exhibition incorporates rarely-seen loans from major North American and European museums and works from Bowdoin’s own collection revealing new insights into the understanding of mortality and morality in Renaissance Europe.

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Upcoming Events

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Music at the Museum

June 29, 201711:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin International Music Festival faculty perform in conjucntion with the summer exhibitions.

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"Sketch, Study, Cartoon - Workflow in the Studio"

July 11, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Joachim Homann, curator, leads a discussion in the exhibition "Why Draw?"

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"Growing/Drawing-Translating Nature into Art"

July 14, 20175:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A discussion with the artist, John Walker, in the exhibition "John Walker: A Painter Draws"

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

July 15, 201710:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

David Ying and Philip Ying, artistic directors for the Bowdoin Internationl Music Festival, lead a family program about music and the fine arts.

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"Winslow Homer-Drawing and Watercolor"

July 18, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, leads a discussion of works on paper by Winslow Homer.

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Children's Hour at the Museum of Art

July 20, 20175:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin students lead creative activities relating to the exhibitions for children and families.

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"John Smibert, James Bowdoin III, and the First Public Collection of Drawings in America"

July 25, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Katharine J. Watson, Director Emerita, Bowdoin College Museum of Art leads a discussion in the exhibition "Why Draw?"

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"Why Collect? An Introduction to Collecting Old Master Drawings and Prints"

July 27, 20176:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Keyes guides participants in a close study of historic European prints and drawings.

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Gallery Conversation: "Death Personified"

August 1, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Honor Wilkinson leads a discussion in the exhibition, "The Ivory Mirror"

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Movie Night! "'Ghostbusters II' and the Macabre in Popular Culture Today"

August 3, 20177:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

"Ghostbusters II," followed by a conversation about contemporary culture and historical examples of the "memento mori" in conjunction with the exhibition, "The Ivory Mirror."

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

August 5, 201710:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin students lead art activities for families in the Museum of Art.

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"The Moment of the Memento Mori: The Past as Prologue for Contemporary Art"

August 8, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director, leads a discussion in the exhibition "The Ivory Mirror"

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Family Art Night at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

August 11, 20174:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin students offer a variety of activities for families during "Second Friday Brunswick"

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"Reflections on the Ivory Mirror"

August 15, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Stephen Perkinson, guest curator, leads a discussion in the exhibition "The Ivory Mirror"

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"Art and Anatomy: A Physician's Perspective on Renaissance Depictions of Mortality"

August 17, 20177:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A conversation regarding the art and science of grappling with our mortality, historically and today.

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