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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.


July 09, 2015 - January 03, 2016
Markell Gallery

This exhibition brings together a selection of oil paintings by Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828) from the Museum’s collection.
June 27, 2015 - October 18, 2015
Halford Gallery

"Night Vision" examines the allure of the night for American artists who explored its visual effects, mystery, menace, and promise.
June 27, 2015 - October 18, 2015
Media Gallery

Michel Auder dedicated himself to capturing the views from his apartment over the course of a year. This three-channel video installation from 2014 is based on that footage.

Museum News

Digital Initiatives at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is pleased to announce three major digital initiatives: placing the collection on-line for teaching and research; making a group of more than 7,000 historic images of the Museum available; and publishing an on-line catalogue of the Old Master drawings bequeathed by James Bowdoin III.

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Upcoming Events

Conversation with Painter Lois Dodd: "Painting the Night"

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September 3, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Lois Dodd is one of the most distinguished painters of her generation and a long-time summer resident of Maine. In conversation with curator Joachim Homann she addresses the challenges of painting the night and comments on selected works in Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

Free and open to the public.

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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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Alexander Nemerov: "Winslow Homer's Dream"

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September 14, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Alexander Nemerov, Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University, looks closely at Winslow Homer's print Fire-works on the Night of the Fourth of July, on view in the exhibition Night Vision, which in his interpretation becomes a meditation on the roles of art and artists in post-Civil War America.

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

Photo: Fire-works on the Night of the Fourth of July, (detail), 1868, wood engraving by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College
Museum of Art.



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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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Here Comes The Night: Vincent Katz and Richard Bosman in Conversation

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


Richard Bosman's paintings and prints are often set at night. Poet Vincent Katz joins artist Richard Bosman to discuss the night as element of storytelling in Bosman's own works, as well as in selections from Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

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


Photo:  Man Overboard, 1981, woodcut by Richard Bosman. Gift of Alex and Ada Katz. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

 








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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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Gallery Conversation with Joachim Homann

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September 29, 2015 12:00 PM  – 12:45 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

What attracted American artists to the dark? Curator Joachim Homann discusses nocturnal paintings as catalysts for modernist experiments, focusing on works on view by Georgia OKeeffe, Marsden Hartley, Joseph Cornell, and Louise Nevelson.

This is the first major museum survey dedicated to scenes of the night in American art from 1860 to 1960-an era not yet illuminated by electricity to the beginning of the Space Age. Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art will bring together 90 works in a range of media-including paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs-created by such leading American artists as Ansel Adams, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Georgia O?Keeffe, Albert Ryder, John Sloan, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andrew Wyeth, among others.

Photo: Salome, ca. 1900, (detail) oil on canvas, by Henry Ossawa Tanner.  Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Gallery Conversation with author Jane Brox

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October 6, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jane Brox will lead a gallery conversation in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.


Jane Brox is the author of "Brilliant: the Evolution of Artificial
Light," a critically acclaimed study of the cultural changes prompted by
advancing illumination technologies. Brox discusses American paintings
and photographs that reflect the introduction of new light sources.

This
is the first major museum survey dedicated to scenes of the night in
American art from 1860 to 1960-an era not yet illuminated by electricity
to the beginning of the Space Age. Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art  brings together 90 works in a range of media-including paintings,
prints, drawings, and photographs-created by such leading American
artists as Ansel Adams, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner,
Georgia O'Keeffe, Albert Ryder, John Sloan, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andrew
Wyeth, among others.

Photo: Santa Maria della Salute by Moonlight, (detail) 1897, oil on canvas by John Leslie Breck. Courtesy of Adelson Galleries.

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