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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.


September 22, 2016 - June 04, 2017
Boyd Gallery

This installation showcases a selection of American and European paintings, sculpture, photographs, and prints, and contrasts them with displays of decorative arts from around the world, including Native American baskets, netsuke sculpture from Japan, jade and porcelain from China, Malagan masks, and European fine jewelry.
September 15, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

Robert Frank played a leading role in re-writing contemporary standards for photography. This exhibition brings together a selection of rarely seen photographs from 1947, the year the artist first moved to the United States, to 1961, when he presented his first major museum exhibition.
June 25, 2016 - October 23, 2016
Media Gallery

Featuring iconic American Artists such as Marsden Hartley, Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Rauschenberg, Yoko Ono, Roni Horn, Glenn Ligon, and others, this timely and groundbreaking exhibition includes more than 60 abstract, symbolic, and conceptual portraits across a wide range of media - reexamining over a century of portraiture and inspiring new ways to see ourselves and others.

Museum News

Interview with Artist L. J. Roberts

Hailey Beaman ‘18 recently spoke with artist L. J. Roberts about portraiture, abstraction, and the world of contemporary art.

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Upcoming Events

L.J. Roberts: "Queer Strategies, Queer Tactics"

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October 5, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Award-winning L.J. Roberts speaks about the expression of LGBT identity through the visual arts.

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Richard Saunders '70: "Some Additional Observations on Identity in American Art"

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October 12, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Richard Saunders '70 discusses the emergence of portrait abstraction in the context of the broader history of American portraiture.

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Music at the Museum with George Lopez

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October 13, 20165:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Rotunda

George Lopez performs an evening of music associated with the exhibitions on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Performance: Music at the Museum with George Lopez

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October 13, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Rotunda

George Lopez performs an evening of music associated with the exhibitions on view.

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Tour, Discussion, and Reception: "Echoes of Ancient Religions in Bowdoin Collections"

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October 14, 20165:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

How do art and material culture reflect religious beliefs and practices in the ancient world? What do objects contribute to our understanding of the meaning and history of the term 'religion'?

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The New Normal

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October 19, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Artist Hasan Elahi discusses his practice and the larger question of visual documentation and the representation of identity in the post-9/11 era.

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Laura Sprague and Joachim Homann - Gallery Conversation: "Adornment, Authority, and Alterity in Nineteenth-Century Art"

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October 25, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Curators Laura Sprague and Joachim Homann discuss a newly-installed selection of works from the Museum of Art's collection.

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Film screening and discussion: "The Films of Robert Frank"

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October 27, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

An evening of short films by photographer Robert Frank , who is also a distinguished filmmaker.

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Family Saturday at the Museum of Art

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October 29, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A special program of family activities related to the exhibitions on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Gallery Conversation: "The Senses of Performance"

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November 1, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Honor Wilkinson leads a discussion of artistic engagement with the visual, tactile, and auditory senses in works of art created between 1350 and 1500.

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Film screening and Conversation: "Foreigners Out: Schlingensief's Container," 2001

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November 10, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

"Foreigners Out: Schlingensief's Container," 2001, chronicles a theatrical project realized by the German filmmaker and theater director Christoph Schlingensief in Vienna in 2000 in response to xenophobia and the rise of right-wing populism as a political force.

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Spindel Lecture - Adi Nes: "Issues of Identity"

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November 15, 20167:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Adi Nes, one of Israel's most prominent photographers, will discuss his personal artistic language, accompanied by images of his work. He will touch upon issues related to hidden layers in his photographs, the use of canonical icons and social ideas ascribed to them, staged photography which creates reality as opposed to photography which usually reflects reality, and the various faces of Israeli identity.

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Gallery Conversation with Artist Adi Nes

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November 16, 20164:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Adi Nes, an internationally renowned Israeli photographer, discusses the art historical references in his large-format color photographs from the 2012 series "The Village."

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Family Saturday at the Museum of Art

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November 19, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A special program of family activities associated with the exhibitions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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