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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

Recent Museum Acquisitions Included in "Night Vision" exhibition

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art acquired two significant works of art for the collection that are currently on view in Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

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Upcoming Events

Linda Docherty, Gallery Conversation: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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July 28, 201512:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Linda Docherty, catalogue essayist and associate professor of art history emerita, will lead a gallery conversation in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

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: Moonlight, Wolf, ca. 1909, (detail), oil on canvas, by Frederick Remington. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; Gift of the members of the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Addison Gallery.




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Anne Collins Goodyear and Frank Goodyear, Gallery Conversation: "Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick"

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August 6, 20157:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Anne Collins Goodyear and Frank Goodyear, co-directors of the Bowdoin College Museum lead a discussion of the exhibition, Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick on view at the Museum.

This exhibition brings together a selection of oil paintings by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) from the Museum's collection, including his famous portraits of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The preeminent portraitist of the early republic, Stuart created fashionable likenesses of the period's most important political, military, and social figures. Each of works included in the exhibition was completed after Stuart's move to Boston in 1805. Collectively, they provide insight into the artist's relationship with other artists and collectors in the region, including members of the Bowdoin family.

Photo: Portrait of Thomas Jefferson (detail) by Gilbert Stuart.  Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Jane Brox, Gallery Conversation: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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August 13, 201512:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jane Brox, author of Brilliant: Evolution of Artificial Light will lead a gallery conversation in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

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: The Fountains at Night, World's Colombian Exposition, 1893, (detail) oil on canvas, by Winslow Homer.  Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.








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Brunswick Artwalk: Night at the Museum

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August 14, 20155:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

During Brunswick's Artwalk, join us at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art for special activities and refreshments.

Photo: Mirage - Ships at Night, 1919, oil on canvas by William Zorach. SmithsonianAmerican Art Museum, Gift from the collection of the Zorach children. Image source: Art Resource, NY





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Joachim Homann, Gallery Conversation: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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August 20, 201512:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Joachim Homann, curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and of the exhibition, will lead a gallery conversation in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

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: Flight of Night, 1916, bronze by Paul Manship. Colby College Museum of Art, The Lunder Collection

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