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Dana E. Byrd, Gallery Conversation: "'Empire Follows Art': Culture and Identity in the Atlantic World"

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June 4, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Dana E. Byrd, assistant professor of art history, leads a conversation on the exhibition "Empire Follows Art': Culture and Identity in the Atlantic World" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. This exhibition illuminates the experience of the Atlantic world in the eighteenth century. Art and artifacts drawn from the Museum's collections shed light on the development of an extensive network among Europe, Africa, and the Americas that influenced identity and culture in the period. Curated by students in "Sugar, Tobacco, Rice and Rum: Art and Identity in the Atlantic World," taught by Dana E. Byrd, during the 2015 spring semester.

Photo: Nathaniel Smibert, American, 1735-1756, Portrait of Reverend Samson Occum, ca. 1751-1756, oil on canvas. Bequest
of the Honorable James Bowdoin III. 1813.4.

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Barbara Haskell: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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June 27, 2015 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

As the keynote speaker to open the summer exhibition, Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960, Barbara Haskell will discuss iconic paintings of the night that came to define American modernism and explore why so many canonical painters of the period were attracted to the dark.

Ms. Haskell has curated many groundbreaking exhibitions dedicated to modern and contemporary art in the United States. She is a recipient of the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History, from the Archives of American Art.

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Opening Reception for "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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June 27, 2015 6:00 PM  – 7:30 PM
Museum of Art, Steps

Opening reception for the summer exhibition, Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Bowdoin International Music Festival, Music at the Museum: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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July 2, 2015 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin International Music Festival faculty perform a selection of musical nocturnes in conjunction with the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

RSVPs requested. You may RSVP here.

Photo: Moonlight, ca. 1880s, (detail) oil on canvas, by Ralph Albert Blakelock. Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NAA-Nelle Cochrane Woods Memorial, N-127. Photo: Sheldon Museum of Art.

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Joachim Homann, Gallery Conversation: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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July 16, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Joachim Homann, curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and of this exhibition, will lead a gallery conversation on Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

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: Old House, New Moon, 1943, (detail) oil on canvas, by George C. Ault. Yale University Art Gallery, Anonymous gift, (1961.48.) Photo: Yale University Art Gallery.

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Bowdoin International Music Festival, Music at the Museum: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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July 23, 2015 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin International Music Festival faculty perform a selection of musical nocturnes in conjunction with the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

Photo: Fireworks on the Fourth of July, 1868 (detail) by Winslow Homer, wood engraving. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine

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Linda Docherty, Gallery Conversation: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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July 30, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Linda Docherty, catalogue essayist and associate professor of art history emerita, will lead a gallery conversation in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

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: Moonlight, Wolf, ca. 1909, (detail), oil on canvas, by Frederick Remington. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; Gift of the members of the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Addison Gallery.




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Anne Collins Goodyear and Frank Goodyear, Gallery Conversation: "Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick"

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August 6, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Anne Collins Goodyear and Frank Goodyear, co-directors of the Bowdoin College Museum lead a discussion of the exhibition, Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick on view at the Museum.

This exhibition brings together a selection of oil paintings by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) from the Museum's collection, including his famous portraits of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The preeminent portraitist of the early republic, Stuart created fashionable likenesses of the period's most important political, military, and social figures. Each of works included in the exhibition was completed after Stuart's move to Boston in 1805. Collectively, they provide insight into the artist's relationship with other artists and collectors in the region, including members of the Bowdoin family.

Photo: Portrait of Thomas Jefferson (detail) by Gilbert Stuart.  Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Jane Brox, Gallery Conversation: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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August 13, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jane Brox, author of Brilliant: Evolution of Artificial Light will lead a gallery conversation in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

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: The Fountains at Night, World's Colombian Exposition, 1893, (detail) oil on canvas, by Winslow Homer.  Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.








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Brunswick Artwalk: Night at the Museum

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August 14, 2015 5:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

During Brunswick's Artwalk, join us at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art for special activities and refreshments.

Photo: Mirage - Ships at Night, 1919, oil on canvas by William Zorach. SmithsonianAmerican Art Museum, Gift from the collection of the Zorach children. Image source: Art Resource, NY





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Joachim Homann, Gallery Conversation: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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August 20, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Joachim Homann, curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and of the exhibition, will lead a gallery conversation in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.

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: Flight of Night, 1916, bronze by Paul Manship. Colby College Museum of Art, The Lunder Collection

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