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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.


January 19, 2018 - March 18, 2018
Becker Gallery

Artine Artinian, Bowdoin Class of 1931, a renowned scholar of nineteenth-century French literature, donated to Bowdoin College a vast collection of drawings, including portraits, caricatures, and original designs for book illustrations. Highlights of these gifts provide an introduction to the visual culture of France during the Belle Époque.
December 14, 2017 - April 08, 2018
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

Many artists of the twentieth century purposefully made the familiar look strange, in order to challenge conventions. This exhibition of highlights from the permanent collection of paintings and sculpture offers viewers the opportunity to trace twentieth-century artistic innovations and challenges them to look anew.
November 09, 2017 - July 08, 2018
Markell Gallery

"Art from the Northern Plains" celebrates the Museum’s recent acquisition of a late nineteenth- century Lakota painting of a Sun Dance ceremony. To understand and appreciate its significance, this exhibition brings together a selection of historic and contemporary artworks by Native and non-Native artists who have worked in this region.

Museum News

Knowing What to Leave Out: Bowdoin Senior Learns the Art of Curating

Daniel Rechtschaffen '18 enjoys his debut as a guest curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, where he has been sifting through the collection of drawings amassed by literary scholar Artine Artinian '31. The exhibition, 'Where the Artist’s Hand Meets the Author’s Pen,' runs until March 18 and "provides an insight into aspects of French culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries," says Rechtshaffen.

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Upcoming Events

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"Drawing In Dialogue with Politics and Literature" with Meryem Belkaid and Daniel Rechtschaffen '18

February 27, 20184:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Museum of Art, Northend Gallery

Meryem Belkaid and Daniel Rechtschaffen '18 discuss French caricatures, illustrations, and drawings from the Artine Artinian collection.

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Curator's Tour of 'Second Sight: the Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art'

March 1, 20186:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Ellen Tani leads an introductory tour of the exhibition 'Second Sight: the Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art.'

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Musuem of Art

March 3, 201810:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A family program led by Bowdoin College students at the Museum of Art

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"Saving Cultural Heritage: From Haiti to Mosul" with Richard Kurinl

March 6, 20184:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, speaks to strategies aimed at preserving the past in the wake of widespread destruction of cultural monuments.

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Music at the Museum with George Lopez

March 8, 20185:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez performs an evening of music associated with the exhibition 'Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art.'

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Music at the Museum with George Lopez

March 8, 20187:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez performs music associated with the exhibition 'Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art.'

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Reception and Opening Festivities for "Second Sight: the Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art"

March 29, 20184:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Curator's tour and reception to open the exhibition 'Second Sight: the Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art.'

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Gallery Conversation: Reading Room

April 3, 20184:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Hailey Beaman '18 and June Lei '18, student curators of the lead a discussion of the exhibition, "Reading Room."

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Art and Movement

April 5, 20187:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Participate in a kinetic workshop in the galleries using theater-based movements to interpret works of art.

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Film Screening and Discussion: "Notes on Blindness"

April 10, 20187:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Smith Auditorium

Film Screening and discussion of "Notes on Blindness" led by Jason Middleton and Ellen Tani

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"Color and Visual Cognition"

April 12, 20184:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Byron Kim leads an interactive workshop challenging visual perception as it relates to color and identity.

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Artist's Talk with Nyeema Morgan

April 13, 201812:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Artist Nyeema Morgan discusses the connection between drawing, physicality, and the unseen.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

April 14, 201810:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A family program led by Bowdoin students at the Museum of Art

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Gallery Conversation: "Seeing Language"

April 18, 201812:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Elizabeth Muther and Ellen Tani discuss the intersection of art and language.

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