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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.
February 02, 2017 - July 15, 2018
Walker Gallery

"AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World" explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans. It examines the special place Egypt occupied in the history of the ancient world and its long-lasting hold on the culture and imagination of its conquerors.

Museum News

Looking Behind Memento Mori Objects: 'Artnet' Reviews 'Unique' Bowdoin Exhibition

The Bowdoin art museum's "Ivory MIrror" show, examines how mortality played into Renaissance culture. This macabre genre, with its portrayal of decaying corpses, skulls and skeletons, is described by the reviewer as "oft-misunderstood."

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Upcoming Events

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Exhibition Tour and Reception: "Constructing Revolution"

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

Guest curator Kristina Toland leads a tour of the new exhibition "Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars". A reception will follow.

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

September 24, 20172:00 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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Thomas Laqueur: "What is the Work of the Dead?"

September 27, 20174:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History at Berkeley, Thomas W. Laqueur specializes in the cultural history of the body, and in the history of humanitarianism and of popular religion and literacy. Why do the living need the dead and therefore care for their bodies? Join us as Laqueur explores this question. The talk will be followed by a reception at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Reception: Thomas Laqueur and 'The Ivory Mirror'

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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George Keyes: "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 - Alyssa Gillespie: "Soviet Posters between the World Wars"

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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Sharon Louden: "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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Jonathan Katz: "Queer Embodiment and AIDS"

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

Jonathan D. Katz, Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program, Department of Art, University at Buffalo and a leading scholar of the intersection of art history and queer studies, offers his perspective on the embodiment of queerness in art of the past of 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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"Monochrome Painting and Street Spectacle in Renaissance Florence"

October 17, 20174:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Patricia Reilly, Swarthmore College, addresses the important role monochrome painting played in Florentine religious and triumphal street spectacles

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Gallery Conversation: Bowdoin Arts Society

October 19, 20177:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Members of the Bowdoin Arts Society will use works in the Museum to lead a public discussion about a current topic in the art world.

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The Ivory Mirror Book Salon - Seth Ramus on Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End"

October 22, 20172:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

A discussion of Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" led by Seth Ramus

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The Ivory Mirror Film Series - 'Night of the Living Dead' - Modern Day Macabre: Ghosts, Zombies, and the Supernatural in Cinema

October 24, 20177:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Many films deal with death, the afterlife, and the macabre. Night of the Living Dead, 1968, the classic zombie film directed by George A. Romero, will be screened as the second of three films in this series shown in conjunction with the exhibition The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe. Greg Beckett, assistant professor of anthropology, sociology, and anthropology, and Dallas Denery, professor of history will lead a discussion following the film.

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Film and discussion: "Fall of the Romanov Dynasty"

October 25, 20177:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The 1927 classic film, "Fall of the Romanov Dynasty," followed by discussion

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Music at the Museum with George Lopez

October 26, 20175:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez performs music associated with the exhibition, "The Ivory Mirror"

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Music at the Museum with George Lopez

October 26, 20177:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez performs music associated with "The Ivory Mirror."

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Halloween and "The Ivory Mirror"

October 31, 20174:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate Halloween with a spooky program in the exhibition "The Ivory Mirror"

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Opening reception for symposium, "Last Things: Luxury Goods and Memento Mori Culture in Europe, ca 1400-1550"

November 3, 20175:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Opening reception for symposium, "Last Things: Luxury Goods and Memento Mori Culture in Europe, ca. 1400-1550"

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"Death, Beauty, and Metaphysics: Art, Science and Memento Mori in Early Anatomical Representation"

November 9, 20174:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Joanna Ebenstein, co-founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, explores the intersections of art and medicine, and death and culture, and their resonating effects on our culture and history.

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Blue Heron

November 11, 20172:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

A concert by vocal ensemble Blue Heron, presented in conjunction with the exhibit The Ivory Mirror. Blue Heron combines a commitment to a vivid live performance with the study of historical performance practices, and the ensemble is established as the finest of its type in North America. Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and Departments of Art History and Music

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The Ivory Mirror Film Series - 'It Follows' - Modern Day Macabre: Ghosts, Zombies, and the Supernatural in Cinema

November 14, 20177:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Many films deal with death, the afterlife, and the macabre. It Follows, 2014, the striking American horror film by David Robert Mitchell, is the final of three films in this series shown in conjunction with the exhibition The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe. Aviva Briefel, professor of English and cinema studies, and Ann Kibbie, associate professor of English, lead a discussion following the film.

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Gallery Conversation with Frank Goodyear and Johna Cook

November 16, 20174:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Frank Goodyear and Johna Cook '19 discuss "Dmitri Baltermants: Documenting and Staging a Soviet Reality"

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