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Egyptian, early Second Century. Mummy Portrait of a Lady, (detail) ca. 100–150, stucco, glass, painted and gilded jewelry with polychrome. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund and Helen Johnson Chase Fund. 2011.29.


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


January 22, 2015 - March 15, 2015
Becker Gallery

This exhibition features dialogues and collaborations among seminal African-American artists and writers of the twentieth century
January 15, 2015 - June 28, 2015
Markell Gallery

At the turn of the twentieth century, artists from urban centers such as Boston and New York City made Maine one of their favorite summer destinations.
Opened January 15, 2015
Bowdoin Gallery

This exhibition brings together works from Bowdoin’s collection with important recent acquisitions that offer new perspectives on the art of Europe and the transatlantic colonies.

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Museum News

First Exhibition of Art from Across the Americas Influenced by the Space Race and Science Fiction opens at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Opening March 5, 2015, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents an exhibition, "Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas," that explores the impact of the Space Race, science fiction, and the explosive growth of technological innovation on artists of the Americas from the 1940s to the 1970s.

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Upcoming Events

George Lopez: "Close Encounters with the Alien in Musical Evolution: Sebastian Bach to '2001: A Space Odyssey'"

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March 5, 20156:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Rotunda

Join us for a night of Music at the Museum, where George Lopez, Beckwith Artist-in-Residence, presents an evening of "Futurist" music and close encounters with the "alien" in the history of musical evolution. 

Presented in conjunction with Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas, a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the impact of the 'Space Race,' science fiction, and the explosive growth of Cold War-era technological innovation on avant-garde artists of the Americas. 

PLEASE NOTE: SEATING FOR THIS PERFORMANCE IS AT CAPACITY. Limited standing room will be available on a first-come, first-served basis the night of the concert.

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Gallery Talk: "Dutch Painters of the Golden Age"

March 24, 201512:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Keyes, former chief curator of the Detroit Institute of Arts, discusses paintings from the Netherlands that are currently on view in the exhibition To Instruct and Delight: European and American Art, 1500-1800.

Free and open to the public.

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Gabriel Perez-Barreiro: "Latitude 0'08791": Latin American Artists and Science Fiction

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March 26, 20154:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Gabriel Perez-Barreiro delivers a keynote lecture exploring the ways in which various artists from Latin America used science and space travel as metaphors for expressing present day realities and imagined futures.

Perez-Barreiro is Director of the Coleccin Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York. From 2002 to 2008 he was Curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, he was chief curator of the Sixth Mercosur Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. From 2000 to 2002 he was Director of Visual Arts at The Americas Society, New York. Prior to that he was Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator at the Casa de America, Madrid. From 1993 to 1998 he was the founding curator of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art. He holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex.

Join us for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Spring Open House immediately following the lecture at 5:30pm.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You many RSVP here: https://latitude008791.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas.

Photo: Gabriel Perez Barreiro

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Spring Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

March 26, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebratespring and new exhibitions at the Museum of Art, especially Past Futures: Science Fiction,Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Spring Open House.

Free and open to the public.

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Film and Discussion: "Nostalgia for the Light"

March 31, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Inthis enthralling and award-winning documentary, Chilean master directorPatricio Guzmán explores how astronomical observations of distant galaxies, thedeep past of pre-Columbian archaeology, and the remnants of Chile’s painfulpolitical history converge in the Atacama desert, the world’s driest region.

Followed by a panel discussion with Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. professor of history,Sarah Childress, visiting assistant professor of cinema studies, and SarahMontross, Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral curatorial fellow.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas.

RSVPs are requested but not required.  You may RSVP here: https://nostalgiaforthelight.eventbrite.com
or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Members' Event: "Curators' Perspectives: Bowdoin's Historic Collection in New Installations"

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April 2, 20157:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Museum members are invited to join Laura Sprague, consulting curator, decorative arts; Andrea Rosen, curatorial assistant; and Joachim Homann, curator, for a discussion and tour of the new installations of art from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Find out how James Bowdoin's legacy continues to shape the Museum.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here: https://curatorsperspectives.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Gallery Conversation: "Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas"

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April 8, 20154:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Arielle Saiber, associate professor, romance languages and Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral curatorial fellow discuss various aspects of the exhibition, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas.

Free and open to the public.

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