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Upcoming Events

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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George Lopez: "Close Encounters with the Alien in Musical Evolution: Sebastian Bach to '2001: A Space Odyssey'"

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

Join us for a night of Music at the Museum, where George Lopez, Beckwith Artist-in-Residence, 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, a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the impact of the 'Space Race,' science fiction, and the explosive growth of Cold War-era technological innovation on avant-garde artists of the Americas. 

PLEASE NOTE: SEATING FOR THIS PERFORMANCE IS AT CAPACITY. Limited standing room will be available on a first-come, first-served basis the night of the concert.

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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
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Abelardo Morell ’71, H '97, gives a gallery talk 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 Morell.

Join us for a reception in the Museum Pavilion with Abe Morell immediately following 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, '71, H '97, 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, Rotunda

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

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, 1850-1950, 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.

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

Please note that seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVPs are requested but do not guarantee seating.

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

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

Opening reception for the summer exhibition, Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1850-1950 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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