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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.


May 19, 2016 - August 21, 2016
Zuckert Seminar Room

Focused on the lives of three women rendered in detailed paintings by Barbara Cooney, this exhibition explores how Cooney crafted rich biographies in text and image.
April 26, 2016 - November 27, 2016
Markell Gallery

This installation brings together paintings dating to the period 1350–1500 and prior influences, including ancient and medieval sculpture.
March 31, 2016 - September 04, 2016
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

The exhibition presents a survey of the work of Luke DuBois, a New York based composer, computer programmer, filmmaker, and installation artist

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First Exhibition to Examine Symbolic and Conceptual Portraiture in American Art Opens June 25 at Bowdoin College Museum of Art

"This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today" investigates evolving concepts of identity through works from early 20th century through today by artists such as Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, Robert Rauschenberg, Yoko Ono, Glenn Ligon, Roni Horn, and more.

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Byron Kim - Keynote Program: 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today'

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June 25, 20164:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Artist Byron Kim delivers the keynote address to open the major summer exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 'This is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today.'

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Opening Reception: 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today'

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June 25, 20165:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Steps

Reception and Family Activities to celebrate the exhibition, 'This is a Portrait If I Say So.'

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Music at the Museum

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June 30, 201611:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin International Music Festival faculty perform in the Museum of Art.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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July 2, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A family program about music and the fine arts.

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Anne Collins Goodyear - Gallery Conversation: 'Contemporary Art and Identity'

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July 7, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Anne Collins Goodyear leads a gallery talk about contemporary art and identity in conjunction with the exhibition, 'This is a Portrait If I Say So.'

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Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo - Gallery Conversation: 'Unconventional Portraiture in the 1960s'

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July 12, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo leads a discussion of unconventional portraiture in the 1960s.Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, catalogue essayist and independent scholar, leads a discussion of unconventional portraiture in the 1960s in conjunction with the exhibition, 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today.'

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Frank Mauceri - Gallery Conversation: 'R. Luke DuBois-Now'

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July 19, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Frank Mauceri, senior lecturer in music, leads a discussion of the exhibition, 'R. Luke DuBois-Now.'

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Bowdoin International Music Festival Performance: Music at the Museum

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July 21, 201611:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin International Music Festival faculty perform in the Museum of Art

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Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen: 'Travels with Hattie & Eleanor: Researching Biography with Barbara Cooney'

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August 4, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, speaks about the research of her aunt, Barbara Cooney to prepare paintings for the books, 'Hattie and the Wild Waves' and 'Eleanor.'

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Night at the Museum: 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today'

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August 12, 20165:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate summer at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The three cocurators, Anne Collins Goodyear, Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, and Johathan Frederick Walz, will describe the making of the exhbition 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today' with refreshments al fresco (weather permitting) .

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Jonathan Frederick Walz - Gallery Conversation: "Portraiture Abstraction"

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August 16, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jonathan Frederick Walz leads a discussion of portraiture abstraction the early twentieth century.

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