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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 20, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Markell Gallery

Barkley Hendricks is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential American painters of his generation for his superlative talent, his evocative reinterpretation of portraiture, and his reckoning with contemporary life—whether he assumes a critical or celebratory perspective.
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 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?”

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Art Museum's Hendricks Exhibition Highlights "New, Liberating Way of Seeing Black People on Canvas" (Artsy)

The exhibition, Barkley Hendricks: “Let’s Make Some History, features five privately owned paintings by Hendricks, "four of which have never been seen publicly before."

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Upcoming Events

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Workshop with Artist Elise Ansel: "Tracing the Artist's Hand"

August 24, 20176:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Artist Elise Ansel leads a drawing workshop in conjunction with the exhibition, "Why Draw?"

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Joachim Homann: "Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore: The Figure in Drawings of the European Avant-Garde"

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

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

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"Appreciating Paper: Art's Best Supporting Actor"

August 31, 20174:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Ruth Fine, former curator, National Gallery of Art, and Marjorie Shelley, conservator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discuss works of art on paper in this final event for "Why Draw?"

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A Conversation With Sir Paul Ruddock

September 7, 20177:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In conjunction with the opening of the Ivory Mirror, collector and philanthropist Sir Paul Ruddock, will talk about the pleasures of collecting, the delights of medieval ivories, and the importance of art to civilization. Facilitated by Stephen Perkinson, Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History. This event is free, but registration is required as seating is limited.

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Second Friday Brunswick at the Museum of Art

September 8, 20174:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art participates in "Second Friday Brunswick.” Enjoy the exhibitions during extended hours, until 7:00 pm.

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Book Salon: "The Ivory Mirror" and Memento Mori in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"

September 10, 20172:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Aaron Kitch, associate professor, English, and Stephen Perkinson, Peter M. Small associate professor, art history, and guest curator of The Ivory Mirror discuss memento mori in Hamlet.

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"The Ivory Mirror" Film Series: Modern Day Macabre: Ghosts, Zombies, and the Supernatural in Cinema

September 12, 20177:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

First film and discussion in "The Ivory Mirror" film series: "Modern Day Macabre: Ghosts, Zombies, and the Supernatural in Cinema."

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"Exhibiting Ivory Today: Historical Artifacts in a Contemporary Context"

September 13, 20177:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

A panel discussion about ivory's historic use in art and new regulations on its transport.

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Family Saturday at the Museum of Art

September 16, 201710:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Enjoy "Family Saturday" with activities related to the exhibitions on view.

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"The Devil Lies, and So We Die: A Historian's Perspective on Memento Mori"

September 19, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Dallas Denery, professor of history, offers insights into factors that contributed to the rise of the memento mori in the early 16th century.

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Exhibition Tour and Reception for "Constructing Revolution"

September 23, 20175:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Kristina Roland, leads a tour of the new exhibition "Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars" followed by a reception.

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"A Revolution in Images: Poster Art and the Socialist Imagination in Early Soviet Russia"

September 24, 20171:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Page Herrlinger, delivers the opening lecture for "Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars."

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Reception for "The Ivory Mirror" and Thomas Laqueur, following his lecture

September 27, 20175:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A reception in the Museum of Art following Thomas Laqueur's lecture, "What is the Work of The Dead"

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

September 28, 20176:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Keyes, former chief curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, leads a workshop about collecting works of art on paper.

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Gallery Conversation with Alyssa Gillespie on Soviet Posters

October 3, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Alyssa Gillespie, associate professor of Russian, discusses a selection of Soviet posters from between the World Wars.

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"The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life"

October 4, 20174:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Artist and educator, Sharon Louden will discuss her new volume, "The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. "

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"Queer Embodiment and AIDS"

October 11, 20174:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Jonathan D. Katz, offers his perspective on the embodiment of queerness in art of the past century.

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Remembering Barkley Hendricks

October 12, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Friends and collectors of artist Barkley Hendricks share their memories of the late artist.

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"Working from the Figure and from the Ground: Critical Race Art History and the Visibility of Difference"

October 12, 20174:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Jacqueline Francis, California College of the Arts in San Francisco, considers the representation of the figure in the work of contemporary artists.

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