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Upcoming Events

Conversation with Painter Lois Dodd: "Painting the Night"

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September 3, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Lois Dodd is one of the most distinguished painters of her generation and a long-time summer resident of Maine. In conversation with curator Joachim Homann she addresses the challenges of painting the night and comments on selected works in Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

Free and open to the public.

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Elizabeth Siegel: "Making Photography New: Abelardo Morell and Current Trends in Photography"

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September 10, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Elizabeth Siegel curated the exhibition "Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door" at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is Associate Curator of Photography. She speaks about Morell's work and its relationship to larger trends in the world of contemporary photography.


Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Maine Photo Project and presented in conjunction with the exhibition "The Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell" on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here or send a message to artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.


Photo:  "Winter Landscape" (detail), 2015 by Abelardo Morell

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Alexander Nemerov: "Winslow Homer's Dream"

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September 14, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Alexander Nemerov, Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University, looks closely at Winslow Homer's print Fire-works on the Night of the Fourth of July, on view in the exhibition Night Vision, which in his interpretation becomes a meditation on the roles of art and artists in post-Civil War America.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here or send a
message to museumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Photo: Fire-works on the Night of the Fourth of July, (detail), 1868, wood engraving by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College
Museum of Art.



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Art Historian Linda Docherty, Gallery Conversation: "Night Vision" Paintings and Prints

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September 15, 201512:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Linda Docherty, associate professor emerita of art history at Bowdoin College, discusses paintings and prints in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art. She examines works by artists Winslow Homer, Charles Burchfield, and Marguerite Zorach, who cherished the moon as an impetus to creativity.

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"Mirage?Ships at Night," (detail), 1919, oil on canvas by William Zorach. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift from the collection of the Zorach children. Image: Art Resource, NY

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Eleanor Harvey Lecture: "Darkness Visible"

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September 17, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Lecturer Eleanor Harvey curated the exhibition The Civil War and American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she is senior curator. Drawing from that project, she speaks about the interest in darkness by American artists. 

Presentedin conjunction with the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960

RSVPs are requested but not required. 
You may RSVP here send a message to artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu. 

Photo: A Waterfall Moonlight, ca. 1886, (detail) oil on canvas,by Ralph Albert Blakelock. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Bequest of Eda K. Loeb. 

Image copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Here Comes The Night: Vincent Katz and Richard Bosman in Conversation

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September 21, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom


Richard Bosman's paintings and prints are often set at night. Poet Vincent Katz joins artist Richard Bosman to discuss the night as element of storytelling in Bosman's own works, as well as in selections from Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here or send a
message to artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.


Photo:  Man Overboard, 1981, woodcut by Richard Bosman. Gift of Alex and Ada Katz. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

 








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An Evening with Filmmaker Michel Auder

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September 24, 20154:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

French filmmaker and photographer Michel Auder, who has been based in New York since 1970, introduces a selection of his films in conversation with Museum Curator Joachim Homann. 

Untitled (I Was Looking Back To See If You Were Looking Back At Me To See Me Looking Back At You) is currently on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and presents a contemporary counterpoint to Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  Michel Auder





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Gallery Conversation with Joachim Homann

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September 29, 201512:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

What attracted American artists to the dark? Curator Joachim Homann discusses nocturnal paintings as catalysts for modernist experiments, focusing on works on view by Georgia OKeeffe, Marsden Hartley, Joseph Cornell, and Louise Nevelson.

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: Salome, ca. 1900, (detail) oil on canvas, by Henry Ossawa Tanner.  Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Gallery Conversation with author Jane Brox

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October 6, 201512:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jane Brox will lead a gallery conversation in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.


Jane Brox is the author of "Brilliant: the Evolution of Artificial
Light," a critically acclaimed study of the cultural changes prompted by
advancing illumination technologies. Brox discusses American paintings
and photographs that reflect the introduction of new light sources.

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  brings 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: Santa Maria della Salute by Moonlight, (detail) 1897, oil on canvas by John Leslie Breck. Courtesy of Adelson Galleries.

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James Bowdoin III and the Pioneering of Art Collecting in the Early American Republic

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October 7, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Ellen Miles, Curator Emerita of Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; Richard Saunders, Director, Middlebury
College Museum of Art and Professor of History of Art and Architecture; and Sarah Cantor, Summer 2015 Kress Research Fellow, Bowdoin College Museum of Art are panel members.

One of the first collectors of fine art in the United States, James Bowdoin III brought together work by the old masters with that of his own contemporaries. Please join us for presentations by leading experts who shed new light on the importance of his pioneering activities. Not only did Bowdoin give the College he endowed what would become the first public collection of drawings in the United States, but his gift and the works it comprised would demonstrate the important role ascribed to the visual arts in educating members of the new American republic.


RSVPs are requested but not required. You may  RSVP here
or send a message to artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Photo: "River Landscape", 1650-1660, (detail) pen and brown
ink, brown wash, and black chalk by Philips de Koninck. Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III. Bowdoin College Museum
of Art.

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Members' Preview Evening

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October 14, 20155:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Museum members and their guests are invited to a reception and preview tour of "Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts in Africa" which opens on Thursday, October 15, 2015.


RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here or send a message to artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.


photo:  Sahel, (detail) 2001, by Iba Ndiaye. Private collection.

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"Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa" by Karen Milbourne, Smithsonian Instutition

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October 22, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Smithsonian Curator Karen E. Milbourne will discuss our human relationship to the land beneath our feet as it is revealed by African art and artists. The deeply personal and societally driven ways in which we define the earth, draw power from it, visualize its surfaces and interiors, and seek to protect its resources will all be addressed in relation to diverse photographic, ceramic, print, video, sculpture, painting, and performance arts that date from 1800 to the present day.

 
Ticket Info: RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here
or send a message to artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

 Photo: Karen Milbourne, curator, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution





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Fall Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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October 22, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate the new fall exhibitions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art including "Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts in Africa." Refreshments will be served.

Photo:  Once in a blue world, (detail) 2009, from the series, The Canal People by Charles Okereki.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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October 24, 201510:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin College students organize and present ?Family Saturday,? with activities related to the exhibitions on view. Enjoy interactive learning and fun.

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Gallery Conversation: Earth Matters

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October 27, 201512:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Scott MacEachern, professor of sociology and anthropology, provides an anthropological perspective on artworks from the exhibition, "Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa."

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Thursday Night Salon: Contest! Challenge, Competition, and Combat in Ancient Art

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November 5, 20157:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

James Higginbotham , associate professor of classics and associate curator for the ancient collection, leads a discussion of the exhibition Contest! Challenge, Competition, and Combat in Ancient Art. The exhibition explores the wide variety of contests reflected in the art and artifacts of the ancient Mediterranean world.

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Yoga and Art

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November 8, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Debra Diamond, Curator of South and Southeast Asian art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

The visual culture of yoga, an emerging field of academic inquiry, offers new insights into yoga histories that are popularly considered to be monolithic and timeless. Debra Diamond, curator of the 2013?14 exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation, discusses one aspect of yoga?asana (posture)?as it moves across time, across visual media from sculpture to film, and across Hindu, Sufi, and early modern arenas of practice.

Ticket info: RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here or send a message to artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu


Photo:  Debra Diamond

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Music at the Museum

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November 12, 20156:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez, Beckwith Artist-in-Residence, Bowdoin College, presents an evening of music in conjunction with "Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa."


Limited seating. Free tickets required. Tickets will be available at the Museum Shop in the Museum or call 207-725-3276.

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Gallery conversation: Olive Pierce: Photographing a Maine Fishing Community

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November 17, 201512:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bruce Brown, curator, collector, educator, and gallery owner, and Frank H. Goodyear, co-director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, lead a lively conversation about Olive Pierce, Maine photographer and the works in the exhibition


Photo: "Becky, Madelene and Jocko," (detail), 1988, by Olive Pierce.
Gift of the photographer, Olive Pierce. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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November 21, 201510:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin College students organize and present ?Family Saturday,? with activities related to the exhibitions on view. Enjoy interactive learning and fun.

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Members' Preview Day: The Holiday Sale in the Museum Shop

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December 2, 201510:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Museum members are invited to take in the exhibitions at the Museum of Art, then enjoy a 20% discount on all purchases at the Museum of Art shop, including seasonal merchandise. The public sale begins on December 4 and continues through December 6, 2015. Free Museum membership is available. Sign up at the Museum of Art.

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Music at the Museum

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December 10, 20156:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez, Beckwith Artist-in-Residence, Bowdoin College, presents an evening of music in conjunction with current exhibitions. 

Limited Seating.  Free tickets required.  Tickets are available at the Museum Shop or call 207-725-3276.

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