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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.


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.
May 10, 2015 - August 30, 2015
Zuckert Seminar Room

This exhibition illuminates the experience of the Atlantic world in the eighteenth century.

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Reviews and Media Coverage for ‘Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960’

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960, the first major museum survey dedicated to scenes of the night in American art from 1860 to 1960, has earned rave reviews and mentions in local and national publications.

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

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July 16, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Joachim Homann, curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and of this exhibition, will lead a gallery conversation on 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: Old House, New Moon, 1943, (detail) oil on canvas, by George C. Ault. Yale University Art Gallery, Anonymous gift, (1961.48.) Photo: Yale University Art Gallery.

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Bowdoin International Music Festival, Music at the Museum: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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July 23, 2015 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin International Music Festival faculty perform a selection of musical nocturnes in conjunction with the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

RSVPs are requested.  You may RSVP here.

Photo: Fireworks on the Fourth of July, 1868 (detail) by Winslow Homer, wood engraving. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine

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

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July 28, 2015 12:00 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, 2015 7:00 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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