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Frederick Sommer, American, 1905–1999, Max Ernst, 1946 (detail), gelatin silver print. © Frederick & Frances Sommer Foundation


Installation view of "The Object Show"


Lucio Pozzi, "Portrait of Dorothy Vogel" and "Portrait of Herbert Vogel," 2001, black-and-white photographs. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection. © Pozzi 2001


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.


Exhibitions: Current - Past - Upcoming
February 27, 2014 - June 01, 2014
Focus Gallery

The primary goal of the surrealist movement was to liberate the modern mind by demonstrating how deep psychological impulses could be explored, depicted, and fused with everyday reality.
February 27, 2014 - June 01, 2014
Media Gallery

A selection of short films by Surrealist filmmakers in conjunction with the exhibition "Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography."
Opened January 30, 2014
Boyd Gallery

Deconstructing pictorial conventions of the past, artists of the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first century reinvented the picture plane.
Opened January 30, 2014
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This introduction to art of the modern period includes masterpieces by Thomas Cole, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and others.
Opened January 24, 2014
Markell Gallery

Focusing on the artistic innovations of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, this exhibition makes apparent why contemporaries could celebrate a rebirth or Renaissance of the art of classical antiquity
May 08, 2014 - June 08, 2014
Zuckert Seminar Room This exhibition explores representations of the frontier in American culture from the nineteenth century to the present day.

June 26, 2014 - October 19, 2014
Focus Gallery Offering new insight into his artistic practice, and organized in close collaboration with the artist, "Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective" is the first-ever comprehensive examination of the prints of Richard Tuttle.

June 27, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Zuckert Seminar Room A selection from the recent gift of 320 works of art from the celebrated collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel.

July 10, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Shaw Ruddock Gallery featuring forty vintage photographs of jazz musicians in performance from the collection of the photographer’s family.

Opening September 27, 2014
Shaw Ruddock Gallery The prints by the Dutch engraver, draftsman, and painter Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617) are dazzling for their technical refinement and provocative sensuality.

Multiple Perspectives in "The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections"

Multiple Perspectives in "The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections"

April 17, 201412:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Susan Wegner, associate professor of art history, and Nathaniel Wheelwright, professor of natural sciences, lead an interdisciplinary discussion of select works in The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections. Third in a series of three gallery talks during the Spring 2014 semester.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. Contact Christine Piontek: cpiontek@bowdoin.edu.

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Thursday Night Salon at the Museum of Art: "Spring Flowers: Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist"

Thursday Night Salon at the Museum of Art: "Spring Flowers: Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist"

April 24, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow Sarah Montross and Curator Joachim Homann moderate a conversation about flowers in Pop Art, exemplified by a silkscreen by Andy Warhol, recently donated to Bowdoin by the Andy Warhol Foundation, and a monumental painting by James Rosenquist on loan to the Museum of Art.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. Contact Christine Piontek: cpiontek@bowdoin.edu.


Illustration: Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1970, screenprint. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

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The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

April 30, 20144:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, at the Smithsonian Institution will discuss objects in the Smithsonian's collections, such as the Star-Spangled Banner, Lincoln's hat, Bell's telephone, Armstrong's trumpet, Warhol's Marilyn Monroe, and even the National Zoo's pandas to weave an engaging history of our nation.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. Contact Christine Piontek: cpiontek@bowdoin.edu.


Illustration: Dr. Richard Kurin

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Gallery Talk on the exhibition, "Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography"

Gallery Talk on the exhibition, "Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography"

May 1, 20144:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jessica May, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art and curator of the 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, will join Andrea Rosen, curatorial assistant and curator of Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography, for an informal gallery talk.

RSVPs are kindly requested but not required. Contact Christine Piontek: cpiontek@bowdoin.edu

Illustration: George Platt Lynes, Portrait of Thomas Bacon, 1939, gelatin silver print. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

May 3, 201410:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin College students lead a program of activities and fun for children working with the exhibitions on view. Feel free to bring your friends!

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. Contact Christine Piontek: cpiontek@bowdoin.edu.

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Thursday: 10:00 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
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Closed on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014

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