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Panel Discussion: "The Legacy of Marcel Duchamp"

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January 21, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp helped reshape the way art is practiced and understood. Come hear how a scholar, a museum director, and a conservator understand and interpret the legacy and importance of this transformative figure.

This panel will present three perspectives on the work of Duchamp: those of Scott Homolka, Associate Conservator of Works on Paper at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; James W. McManus, Emeritus Professor of Art History at California State University, Chico; and Michael Taylor, Director of the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College.

Join us for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Winter Open House immediately following the lecture at 6:00pm.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP at: https://duchamplegacy.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Image: Arnold T. Rosenberg, American, born 1931, Portrait of Marcel Duchamp Playing Chess at Duchamp's 14th Street Studio, NYC, 1958, (printed later). Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin's Live Webcasts page.

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"Collaborations and Collusions" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Winter Open House

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January 21, 2015 6:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate the beginning of the spring semester and the exhibition Collaborations and Collusions: Artists' Networks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

Featuring works reflecting the importance of Marcel Duchamp's relationship to his family, this installation challenges the myth of artistic isolation. It addresses the importance of the networks that encouraged many of the leading practitioners of modern and contemporary art, including Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns, who supported and encouraged one another in pioneering artistic breakthroughs from impressionism and post-impressionism to cubism, dada, pop, and conceptual art.

Free and open to the public

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Thursday Night Salon with Anne Collins Goodyear: "Collaborations, Collusions, and Duchamp"

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January 29, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, will offer a tour and overview of the exhibition Collaborations and Collusions: Artists' Networks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present. She will consider how pioneering groups of modern and contemporary artists supported and encouraged one another in pioneering artistic breakthroughs from impressionism and post-impressionism to cubism, dada, pop, and conceptual art and she will focus in particular on the important contributions of Marcel Duchamp, whose work is featured in this exhibition.

Free and open to the public.

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Thursday Night Salon with Frank Goodyear: "Rocks, Waves, and Skies: Maine Landscapes, 1900-1950"

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February 5, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

At the turn of the twentieth century, artists from urban centers such as Boston and New York City made Maine one of their favorite summer destinations. Aided by improved roads and new rail lines into northern New England, they gravitated to the rugged coast, where crashing waves, exposed rocks, and dramatic skies captured their artistic interest. The paintings that emerged from those inspirations ushered in a new chapter in the history of art-making here in Maine. 

Join Frank Goodyear, co-director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art for a tour of Rocks, Waves, and Skies: Maine Landscapes, 1900-1950, a new exhibition on display through June highlighting the work of artists such as Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, John Sloan, and Marsden Hartley. 

Free and open to the public.

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Music at the Museum: Rebel Baroque Ensemble

February 7, 2015 10:30 AM  – 11:45 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Rebel is a Baroque ensemble with Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marmer, violins, John Moran, cello, and Dongsok Chin, harpsichord. Rebel will perform seventeenth-century French works to complement the exhibition Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

THIS CONCERT IS NOW SOLD OUT.  To be placed on a waiting list for tickets, please e-mail artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

This event is free but tickets are required as seating is limited. Tickets will be available at the Museum Shop beginning on January 12, 2015. For more information please call (207) 725-3276 or email artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Gallery Conversation. "Le dernier cri: Cupid and Psyche in Paris

February 11, 2015 12:00 PM  – 12:45 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Abby Zanger, visiting associate professor of romance languages, in conversation with Joachim Homann, curator, discusses the role of mythology in French seventeenth-century literature and visual culture, suggesting interpretations of the Cupid and Psyche tapestries within the context of their origin in 1660s Paris. Organized in conjunction with Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Free and open to the public.

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"We Love our Members" Double Discount Day at the Museum Shop

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February 14, 2015 10:00 AM  – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art Shop

Museum members are invited to visit the exhibitions and enjoy a double discount on all purchases at the Museum shop. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Thursday Night Salon: "Translating Cupid and Pysche: Apuleius's Absurdity"

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February 19, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Boyd Gallery

Sarah Ruden's translation from Latin of Apuleius's novel The Golden Ass has been praised as "no less inventive, varied, and surprising than the original." She will discuss the story of Cupid and Psyche, as told in Apuleius's second-century novel.

Ruden is a visiting scholar at Brown University. She was a scholar-in-residence for three years at Yale Divinity School and a Guggenheim fellow. She is currently working on The Music Inside the Whale, and Other Marvels: A Translator on the Beauty of the Bible, forthcoming from Knopf in 2015.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Free and open to the public.

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Gallery Conversation: "'Now You Cookin' With Gas': Word and Image in African American Art"

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February 24, 2015 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Museum of Art, Becker Gallery

Elizabeth Muther, associate professor of English, and students from her course "African American Literature and Visual Culture" will lead a tour of Letters and Shadows: African American Art and Literature Since the Harlem Renaissance.

Free and open to the public.

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Members' Preview: "Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel and Postwar Art of the Americas"

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March 4, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral curatorial fellow and curator of the groundbreaking exhibition, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas, will provide a preview tour of the exhibition exclusively for Museum members. Refreshments will be served following the tour.

RSVPs are requested but not required.  You may RSVP here: https://pastfuturesmemberpreview.eventbrite.com or email Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Music at the Museum: "Sebastian Bach to '2001: A Space Odyssey'"

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March 5, 2015 6:30 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez presents an evening of "Futurist music" and close encounters with the "alien" in the history of musical evolution. Presented in conjunction with Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas.

This event is free but tickets are required as seating is limited. Tickets will be available at the Museum Shop beginning on January 19, 2015.

For more information please call (207) 725-3276 or email artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Gallery Talk: "Dutch Painters of the Golden Age"

March 24, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Keyes, former chief curator of the Detroit Institute of Arts, discusses paintings from the Netherlands that are currently on view in the exhibition To Instruct and Delight: European and American Art, 1500-1800.

Free and open to the public.

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Gabriel Perez-Barreiro: "Latitude 0'08791": Latin American Artists and Science Fiction

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March 26, 2015 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Gabriel Perez-Barreiro delivers a keynote lecture exploring the ways in which various artists from Latin America used science and space travel as metaphors for expressing present day realities and imagined futures.

Perez-Barreiro is Director of the Coleccin Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York. From 2002 to 2008 he was Curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, he was chief curator of the Sixth Mercosur Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. From 2000 to 2002 he was Director of Visual Arts at The Americas Society, New York. Prior to that he was Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator at the Casa de America, Madrid. From 1993 to 1998 he was the founding curator of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art. He holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex.

Join us for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Spring Open House immediately following the lecture at 5:30pm.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You many RSVP here: https://latitude008791.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas.

Photo: Gabriel Perez Barreiro

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Spring Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

March 26, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate spring and new exhibitions at the Museum of Art, especially Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Spring Open House.

Free and open to the public.

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Film and Discussion: "Nostalgia for the Light"

March 31, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In this enthralling and award-winning documentary, Chilean master director Patricio Guzmán explores how astronomical observations of distant galaxies, the deep past of pre-Columbian archaeology, and the remnants of Chile’s painful political history converge in the Atacama desert, the world’s driest region.

Followed by a panel discussion with Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. professor of history, Sarah Childress, visiting assistant professor of cinema studies, and Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral curatorial fellow.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas.

RSVPs are requested but not required.  You may RSVP here: https://nostalgiaforthelight.eventbrite.com
or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Members' Event: "Curators' Perspectives: Bowdoin's Historic Collection in New Installations"

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April 2, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Museum members are invited to join Laura Sprague, consulting curator, decorative arts; Andrea Rosen, curatorial assistant; and Joachim Homann, curator, for a discussion and tour of the new installations of art from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Find out how James Bowdoin's legacy continues to shape the Museum.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here: https://curatorsperspectives.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Gallery Conversation: "Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas"

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April 8, 2015 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Arielle Saiber, associate professor, romance languages and Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral curatorial fellow discuss various aspects of the exhibition, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas.

Free and open to the public.

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"The Twenty-First Century Museum: Challenges and Opportunities"

April 9, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Ford W. Bell, President of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), will speak on the state and role of museums in contemporary American society. He will also reflect upon his experiences and observations as the leader of AAM.

RSVPs are requested but not required.  You may RSVP here: https://21centurymuseum.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Thursday Night Salon: "Snapshots of Dust and Time: Astronomy and Visual Art"

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April 16, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Elise Weaver of the Bowdoin Department of Physics and Astronomy, leads an interdisciplinary discussion about representations of the cosmos in astrophotography and other visual media.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas and Star Charts and Celestial Scenes from Bowdoin Collections.

Free and open to the public.

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Gallery Conversation: "Art, Mathematics, and the Legacy of Black Mountain College"

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April 21, 2015 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Dorothea Rockburne, artist, and Dave Peifer, chair and professor, University of North Carolina-Asheville, discuss the mathematical theories behind Rockburne's artistic work. They further explain how her art reflects the interdisciplinary education provided by the legendary Black Mountain College, where Rockburne studied with the theoretical mathematician Max Dehn (1878-1952). Peifer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne.

Free and open to the public.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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April 25, 2015 10:00 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 at the Museum!

Free and open to the public.

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Artist's Lecture by Saya Woolfalk

April 30, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk will deliver an artist's talk in connection with the exhibition Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas.

Free and open to the public.

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"A Mind of Winter: New Photography by Abelardo Morell"

May 5, 2015 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Abelardo Morell ’77 gives a lecture about his latest photographic project, completed in Maine during the winter of 2015. Morell is an internationally-known photographer whose recent retrospective toured throughout the United States.  Presented in conjunction with A Mind of Winter: Photography by Abelardo Morrell.

Join us for a reception at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art with Abe Morell immediately following the lecture at 5:30pm.

RSVPs are requested, but not required.  You may RSVP here: https://amindofwinter.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Open House celebrating "A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell"

May 5, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Opening reception with Abe Morell celebrating his exhibition, A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Free and open to the public.

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Music at the Museum: "Composers in the Dark Room of Creativity"

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May 14, 2015 6:30 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Explore the challenges of inner turmoil and its relation to creativity as George Lopez performs works from Beethoven to Rachmaninov and Schumann. Presented in conjunction with A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell.

This event is free but tickets are required as seating is limited. Tickets will be available at the Museum Shop beginning on April 1, 2015. For more information please call (207) 725-3276 or email artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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