The Bowdoin College Museum of Art offers faculty and their students the unique opportunity to curate exhibitions. These are often installed in the Becker Gallery, a space that is designated for teaching exhibitions during the academic year. A faculty member collaborates with curatorial staff to develop a focused show that will complement a specific course.
The exhibitions generally run for six weeks, allowing students extended access to the works on view. Faculty often assign research and writing projects based on one or more works of art, or have students deliver oral presentations on select pieces. On occasion, students also become involved in the process of conceiving an exhibition, by selecting works, planning the layout, and writing gallery texts over the course of a semester.
If you would like to propose a teaching exhibition, please contact Sarah Montross
, Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Curatorial Fellow. Faculty-curated exhibitions generally require advance planning of several months, so please contact us as early as possible. If the project can be accommodated, curatorial staff will collaborate with you to develop an exhibition concept, choose appropriate works of art, and design and install the exhibition.
Recent teaching exhibitions include:
"We Never See Anything Clearly" John Ruskin and Landscape Painting, 1840s-1870s
October 30-December 23, 2012
Bowdoin students Ben Livingston, class of 2013, and Ursula Moreno-VanderLaan, class of 2013, worked with Pamela Fletcher
, Associate Professor of Art History, to research and organize the exhibition in connection with AH 352: "The Pre-Raphaelites."
Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints
November 9, 2012-March 3, 2013
This exhibition featured Japanese woodblock prints that depict supernatural themes, including ghosts and demons. Students from Professor Vyjayanthi Selinger's
course ASIAN 246: "The Fantastic and Demonic in Japanese Literature" wrote texts on selected works that were developed into a gallery brochure.
Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife
December 6-20, 2012
This exhibition highlighted the influence of Michelangelo's art and the legend of his character in the years after his death. Over the course of the semester, students from Associate Professor of Art History Susan Wegner's
seminar, AH 324: "Art and Life of Michelangelo" researched prints by Renaissance artists, images of Michelangelo, and drawings that emulate his style.