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Upcoming Events

Gallery Conversation with Frank Goodyear

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February 9, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Frank H. Goodyear, co-director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, leads a tour of photographic highlights on view in the exhibition To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Facebook, Menlo Park, California, 2013, (detail) archival pigment print on Dibond, by Alec Soth. Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Alec Soth Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York.





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Artist Elise Ansel: Drawing Workshop at the Museum

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February 11, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Artist Elise Ansel's paintings are currently showcased in the Museum exhibition, Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors. Through her contemporary interpretations of iconic works of Western art, her paintings ignite questions about beauty and aesthetics, steeped in sensitivity to the politics of gender. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Ansel will lead a drawing workshop at the Museum in which participants sketch historic works of art, learning how to analyze and interpret artistic compositions in their own visual responses. No prior experience required. Materials will be provided. 

Elise Ansel was born in New York City. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University in 1984. While at Brown, she studied art at both Brown and RISD. She earned an MFA in Visual Art from Southern Methodist University in 1993. Elise has exhibited her work all over the United States and in Europe. 

Participation is free, but limited to 25. Contact 207-725-3276 for reservations.

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"We Love our Members" Sale

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February 13, 201610:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Museum Shop

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




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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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February 13, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

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

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Families enjoying a visit to the Museum.



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"We Love our Members" Sale

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February 14, 20161:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Museum Shop

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


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Gallery Conversation - Historian David Gordon

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February 16, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

David Gordon, Bowdoin College professor of history, discusses the significance of selected objects from central Africa within their original cultural and religious contexts. Gordon is the author of Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History (2012).

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Installation view of Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa

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David Driskell, Johnetta Cole, and Karen Milbourne Discussion: African Art and the Exhibition 'Earth Matters'

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February 17, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Johnnetta Cole, director, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, artist and educator David Driskell H'89, and curator Karen Milbourne, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, discuss the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa and the impact of African art in the United States. Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  Free and open to the public. Installation view: Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts in Africa

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Aimee and Mark Bessire: "Africa Schoolhouse: Shaping Education Literally and Metaphorically in Tanzania"

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February 24, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Aimee Bessire, visiting associate professor, art and visual culture, Bates College, and Mark Bessire, Director, Portland Museum of Art, discuss the founding of Africa Schoolhouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing quality education to rural villages in Northern Tanzania, and the impact of African art in the United States. 


They will be joined by architects Pamela W. Hawkes and T. Scott Teas, of Scattergood Design, who have worked with the Bessires on the construction of the first girls' boarding school in rural Misungwi District, providing a safe educational environment through sustainable architecture.

Presented in conjunction the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Free and open to the public.

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Gallery Conversation - Historian Jen Scanlon: ''Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson"

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February 25, 20164:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jennifer Scanlon, William R. Kenan Jr. professor of the humanities in gender and women's studies and interim dean for academic affairs, leads a discussion in the exhibition Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson. The discussion focuses on civil rights leader Anna Arnold Hedgeman, who is included in Thompson's work and is the subject of Scanlon's new book, Until There is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson. 


Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. 

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Gallery Conversation with scholar Lindsay Ceballos and curator Ellen Tani

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

How do artists both honor and critique national histories? Professor Lindsay Ceballos, a scholar of early Russian Modernism with an emphasis on literature, and Ellen Tani, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow discuss two works of art now on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art that reflect evolving approaches to modernism in visual art: Komar & Melamid's Peace I: Life of Tolstoy (1986) and Alexej Charlamoff's Young Woman and Child (1894).

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present

Photo:  Installation view: To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present.







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"Manet Slash Degas: Friendship, Rivalry, and Marriage in 19th-century Paris"

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March 4, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Sebastian Smee, art critic for the Boston Globe, speaks about friendships between artists, the theme of a book in preparation.
Smee was born and raised in Australia and wrote publications in Sydney and London before coming to Boston. In 2011 Smee was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. His previous books include writings on Lucian Freud and on Matisse and Picasso.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Free and open to the public.

Photo: Sebastian Smee

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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March 5, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

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

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  Families enjoying a visit to the Museum.





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Gallery Conversation with photographer Mike Kolster and curator Honor Wilkinson

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March 8, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Michael Kolster, associate professor of art and Honor Wilkinson, curatorial assistant, BCMA, discuss how nature and the environment influence Kolster's photographic work. Presented in conjunction with To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present.

Free and Open to the Public

Photo:  Installation view of the exhibition To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present.

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Music in the Museum with George Lopez

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March 10, 20166:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez, Beckwith Artist-in-Residence, Bowdoin College, performs an evening of music associated with exhibitions on view.

The event is free, but tickets are required as seating is limited.  Call 207-725-3276.


Photo: George Lopez performing in the Rotunda of the Museum.





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An Artist's View: R. Luke DuBois

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

R. Luke DuBois, a New York-based "new media" artist who works as a composer, computer programmer, filmmaker, and installation artist, will speak about his art in conjunction with the exhibition R. Luke Dubois-Now at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Photo: R. Luke Dubois, artist



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Spring Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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March 30, 20165:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate the spring exhibitions, especially R. Luke Dubois?Now, at a festive open house.

Photo: A More Perfect Union: New York, 2010-11, pigment-ink on photo rag, by R. Luke DuBois



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Gallery Conversation: "R. Luke DuBois-Now" with Erin Johnson

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April 5, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Erin Johnson, Visiting Artist, leads a discussion within the exhibition R. Luke DuBois-Now.

Free and Open to the Public

Photo: Vertical Music (for twelve musicians filmed at high speed), 2012, (detail), HD Video black and white, by R. Luke Dubois





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R. Luke Dubois: On Art and Performance

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April 7, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Matthew McLendon, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at
the Ringling Museum, who organized the exhibition R. Luke Dubois-Now, will speak to the performative aesthetic of DuBois's work
and the powerful model the practice of performance provides for the development of new media work and collaborative art practices today.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition R. Luke Dubois-Now.




Photo: A More Perfect Union: Lonely, 2011, (detail) pigment-ink on photo rag, by R. Luke DuBois

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Titus Kaphar Lecture

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April 14, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Titus Kaphar discusses his work in drawing, painting and installations. Kaphar places the contemporary and its issues of social justice and inequality in dialogue with history and particularly how history is written, distorted, and re-imagined.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present.

Photo: The Jerome Project (Asphalt and Chalk) XI, 2015, chalk on Asphalt paper, by Titus Kaphar, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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April 16, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin students present "Family Saturday" with activities related to the exhibitions on view. Enjoy interactive learning and fun.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Bowdoin education assistants at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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Gallery Conversation: "R. Luke DuBois-Now" with Crystal Hall

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April 19, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Crystal Hall, associate professor in the digital humanities leads a discussion in the exhibition R. Luke DuBois-Now, focusing on the artist's use of digital media.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  Free and open to the public.

photo: Hindsight is Always 20/20, George Washington, 2008, (detail), letterpress print, by R. Luke DuBois





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Music in the Museum with George Lopez

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April 21, 20166:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez, Beckwith Artist-in-Residence, Bowdoin College, performs a program associated with the exhibitions on view.

The event is free, but tickets are required as seating is limited.  Telephone 207-725-3276.

Photo:  George Lopez performing in the Rotunda of the Museum.

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"Collecting Time"

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April 28, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

John Ippolito, co-founder of the University of Maine's New Media Department and Still Water, a new media research and development laboratory, and Richard Rinehart, director, Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, discuss the work of artist R. Luke DuBois in the context of the broader history of new media art, addressing what it means, from philosophical and technical standpoints, to collect, exhibit, and preserve new media art today.  They are the co-authors of Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory (2014)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, R. Luke DuBois?Now.

Photo: (Pop) Icon: Britney, (2010), video, custom wood frame, screen with player, by R. Luke DuBois



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Walking Tour: Mapping DeWitt Hyde's Offer of the College

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May 3, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

William DeWitt Hyde wrote The Offer of the College in 1906. During a walking tour, discussing buildings constructed during Hyde?s tenure, John Cross, Secretary of the College, demonstrates how this president?s vision of higher education still shapes the Bowdoin campus. Organized in conjunction with To Count Art an Intimate Friend.

Photo: Installation view of To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights
from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present.

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Members' Evening at the Museum

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May 5, 20165:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

The co-directors of the Museum, Anne and Frank Goodyear, welcome museum members and their guests to a special presentation of recent acquisitions. Refreshments will be served.

Photo: One of the lions outside the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Thursday Night Salon: Beautiful Monstrosities, Elegant Distortions

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May 12, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Susan Wegner, associate professor of art history, and students from her course in Mannerism lead a discussion in the exhibition Beautiful Monstrosities, Elegant Distortions: The Artifice of Sixteenth-Century Mannerism.

Photo: The Entombment, etching by Parmagianino, Bowdoin College Museum of Art





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