Night Vision:Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960

June 27, 2015 - October 18, 2015

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. [Read more →]


Major support is provided by Edward S. Hyman P’10 and Caroline P. Hyman P’10, Eric S. Silverman ’85, P’19 and Svetlana G. Silverman P’19, the Elizabeth B. G. Hamlin Fund, the Louisa Vaughan Conrad Fund, and the Becker Fund for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Additional support has been provided by the Cowles Charitable Trust, the Devonwood Foundation, halley k harrisburg ‘90 and Michael Rosenfeld, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Thomas A. McKinley ’06 and Hannah Weil McKinley ’08, and Peter J. Grua ’76 and Mary G. O’Connell ‘76. The catalogue was published with the assistance of The Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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On June 22nd, 1886 the Bowdoin campus at night changed when a single bulb was hung from the venerated Thorndike Oak for Class Day celebrations. This marked the first use of electric lighting at the college. Thorndike Oak, looking southwest, 1874.


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A selection of pieces from the exhibition