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Exhibitions
Past Exhibitions:

2014

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June 28, 2014 - October 19, 2014
Focus Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
Center Gallery
Becker Gallery
Offering new insight into his artistic practice, and organized in close collaboration with the artist, "Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective" is the first-ever comprehensive examination of the prints of Richard Tuttle.
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July 10, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
Featuring forty vintage photographs of jazz musicians in performance from the collection of the photographer’s family.
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June 28, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Zuckert Seminar Room
A selection from the recent gift of 320 works of art from the celebrated collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel.
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January 30, 2014 - September 07, 2014
Boyd Gallery
Deconstructing pictorial conventions of the past, artists of the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first century reinvented the picture plane.
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January 30, 2014 - July 06, 2014
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
This introduction to art of the modern period includes masterpieces by Thomas Cole, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and others.
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May 08, 2014 - June 08, 2014
Zuckert Seminar Room
This exhibition explores representations of the frontier in American culture from the nineteenth century to the present day.
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February 27, 2014 - June 01, 2014
Focus Gallery
Becker Gallery
Center Gallery
The primary goal of the surrealist movement was to liberate the modern mind by demonstrating how deep psychological impulses could be explored, depicted, and fused with everyday reality.
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February 27, 2014 - June 01, 2014
Media Gallery
A selection of short films by Surrealist filmmakers in conjunction with the exhibition "Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography."
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November 07, 2013 - June 01, 2014
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
In this exhibition, significant things from Bowdoin’s diverse collections take center stage.
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November 07, 2013 - February 24, 2014
Media Gallery
Two short films by contemporary artists present things that seem to have minds of their own.
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December 11, 2013 - February 09, 2014
Becker Gallery
This exhibition features the commercial and personal photography of the forgotten artist, Alfred Cheney Johnston (1885–1971).
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October 31, 2013 - February 09, 2014
Center Gallery
Focus Gallery
Featuring works by contemporary women artists who conduct basic research of natural phenomena, often focusing on the material qualities of their medium and on the conditions of human perception.
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August 08, 2013 - January 08, 2014
Markell Gallery
The Civil War tore the nation apart and in the process reshaped the contours of American life. Artists reacted to the war in myriad ways.
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September 27, 2013 - January 05, 2014
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
Boyd Gallery
Breakthrough presents work by eight exemplary contemporary Chinese women artists: Cai Jin, Cao Fei, Chen Qiulin, Hung Liu, Lin Tianmiao, Peng Wei, Xing Danwen, and Yin Xiuzhen.
2013

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October 24, 2013 - December 08, 2013
Becker Gallery
Features representations of women from early modern Europe, who are shown as modeling or resisting the prevalent codes of behavior regarding sex, pregnancy, marriage, and piety.
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June 29, 2013 - October 13, 2013
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Focus Gallery
Halford Gallery
Center Gallery
This is the first exhibition to present the seaside work of the Post-Impressionist painter Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924), whose sophisticated and sensitive renderings of beaches, coves, and bathers were often inspired by his visits to Maine. The exhibition brings together works with identifiable locations in Maine and elsewhere, with paintings whose "place" is not defined by geography but by their context in the grand traditions of western art.
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September 05, 2013 - October 13, 2013
Media Gallery
Thierry De Mey interprets the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, a musical composition by Claude Debussy based on Stéphane Mallarme’s poem of the same title.
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July 26, 2013 - September 15, 2013
Boyd Gallery
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
This installation brings together prominent loans from private lenders, such as paintings by Rackstraw Downes, Louis Eilshemius, and Yayoi Kusama, with works from Bowdoin’s permanent collection.
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June 29, 2013 - September 01, 2013
Katherine Bradford's recent paintings can be read as hilarious and catastrophic, decorative and sublime. They are concerned with the ocean, populated by boats and bathers, as a metaphor for the vagaries of modern life.
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March 26, 2013 - July 14, 2013
Bowdoin Gallery
Markell Gallery
Walker Gallery
Boyd Gallery
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
The exhibition introduces to American audiences Danish artist Per Kirkeby (born 1938), one of Europe's most celebrated contemporary artists. The artist's roles as geologist, filmmaker, architect, writer, and poet are reflected in this survey of approximately 45 works. Kirkeby's paintings and sculptures are constantly in flux, maintaining a dialogue between art and science. Organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., this is Per Kirkeby's first American retrospective. After the Phillips Collection, Bowdoin is the only other venue hosting this important show.
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March 08, 2013 - June 02, 2013
Center Gallery
The exhibition explores the nature of divinity in the Ancient Mediterranean, the relationships between gods and the realms they control. The installation organizes around select realms (Eros and Love, Fertility and Nature) and explores the myths and iconography that connect these spheres of divinity.
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March 29, 2013 - June 02, 2013
Halford Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
This installation spans many eras and diverse media as it invites visitors to contemplate the dialectic of the whole and its parts
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April 04, 2013 - June 02, 2013
Focus Gallery
This exhibition celebrates visual splendors of the natural world, focusing on how earth scientists and mathematicians use color and scale to measure and interpret geological and oceanographic processes. As a pendant exhibition to Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture, this show generates compelling synergies between the perspectives of arts and sciences.
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March 12, 2013 - June 02, 2013
Becker Gallery
European paintings of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries tell stories of love, transgression, sacrifice, and redemption that are often based on biblical or mythological narratives, and on the legends of the Christian saints. While the paintings are silent, they speak to the viewer through their figures' expressive hand movements. It is within the power of those gestures to transform a man into a god, a sinner into a believer, a nymph into a bay laurel tree.
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November 15, 2012 - March 24, 2013
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

This selection of masterly prints from Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt to David Hockney and Sol LeWitt is drawn from the collection of 1,500 prints given and bequeathed by Bowdoin alumnus David Becker. Becker, a former trustee of the College, was an internationally recognized print scholar whose expertise encompassed drawings, illustrated books, and writing manuals. Throughout his life, he collected with the intent to build a comprehensive teaching resource for his alma mater. This exhibition will introduce visitors to the techniques, themes, and stylistic developments of western printmaking since the Renaissance.
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January 18, 2013 - March 10, 2013
Becker Gallery

This exhibition highlights technical developments of photographic processes and their intersections with cultural and historical moments in the United States
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January 15, 2013 - March 10, 2013
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This installation explores how nineteenth-century artists recorded the visible world and transformed it into visions of the idyllic and ideal.
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November 09, 2012 - March 03, 2013
Focus Gallery
Center Gallery

Organized on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, this exhibition explores themes of the supernatural and otherworldly encounters in Japanese woodblock prints of the nineteenth-century. The show includes forty prints and books, all drawn from the private collection of Cornell University faculty member Dan McKee.
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July 31, 2012 - February 27, 2013
Walker Gallery

This exhibition explores the nature of divinity in the Ancient Mediterranean, the relationships between gods and the realms they control. The installation organizes around select realms (Eros and Love, Fertility and Nature) and explores the myths and iconography that connect these spheres of divinity. On view are some of Bowdoin's finest examples of Ancient sculpture and pottery, not often seen.
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August 23, 2012 - February 26, 2013
Boyd Gallery

This installation combined loans from the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University with key modern artworks from Bowdoin, giving new insight to the permanent collection. Seen together with Bowdoin masterpieces by Winslow Homer, John Sloan, Marsden Hartley and René Magritte, the Colgate loans provided the opportunity to make meaningful connections between two significant college collections.
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August 01, 2012 - February 24, 2013
Markell Gallery

The installation in the Markell Gallery explored the Renaissance and its relationship to ancient Greek and Roman culture.  Artists and craftsmen of the Renaissance drew inspiration directly from works of antiquity, often working alongside these objects in their studios. The Renaissance & the Revival of Classical Antiquity recreated a period in artistic history, pairing the finest examples of Bowdoin's Renaissance holdings alongside classical artifacts.
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August 28, 2012 - February 24, 2013
Bowdoin Gallery

This reinstallation of collection highlights spanned the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, and brought together Bowdoin's famous colonial and federal portraits with the European masters that American patricians cherished. Late Renaissance and Baroque works illustrated biblical, mythical and historical narratives, exemplifying the civic and moral virtues that great leaders of the Enlightenment age were expected to possess.
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October 30, 2012 - January 16, 2013
Becker Gallery

John Ruskin (1819-1900), a prominent English art critic of the Victorian era, discussed in his writings possibilities for the reconciliation of two adverse trends in British art of his time: the atmospheric effects that characterize art by J.M.W. Turner and his circle and the heightened detail cherished by the Pre-Raphaelites and their emulators. The exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection, features several of Ruskin's own drawings and those of English and American artists whose struggles with pictorial detail and effect echoed his own.
2012

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September 06, 2012 - December 23, 2012
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

The works in this exhibition collectively suggest Day's evolution as a social and artistic persona at the core of the fin-de-siecle culture in Boston. Fred Holland Day (1864-1933) was born, raised, and died in Norwood, Massachusetts. He attended the esteemed Boston school Chauncy Hall and maintained an apartment and workspace in that city during his years as a publisher of finely crafted books and as an artistic photographer.
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December 06, 2012 - December 23, 2012
Zuckert Seminar Room

This student-organized exhibition highlights the influence of Michelangelo's art and the legend of his character in the years after his death. Reproductive prints by Renaissance artists, images of Michelangelo, and drawings that emulate his style comprise the show. Viewers are offered a pithy example of how Michelangelo made his mark on more than the Sistine Chapel. Organized by students in Associate Professor of Art History Susan Wegner's seminar, AH 324: "Art and Life of Michelangelo."
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July 13, 2012 - October 21, 2012
Halford Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Center Gallery
Becker Gallery
Media Gallery
Focus Gallery

This comprehensive exhibition showcasing over thirty years of work by artist William Wegman was on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in the summer of 2012. William Wegman: Hello Nature, on view from July 13 through October 21, 2012, featured over 100 works in a variety of media including photography, video, painting, and drawing—all of which were produced in or inspired by the state of Maine. Taken together, this body of work attested to Wegman's rigorous and sustained engagement with the natural world and placed the artist squarely within the American landscape tradition.
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July 13, 2012 - September 16, 2012
Zuckert Seminar Room

This interactive installation will highlight the cross-disciplinary research of two faculty members at the College, one an environmental historian and the other a photographer. Until recently, the Androscoggin River was labeled as one of the ten most polluted rivers in the country. By constellating texts, photographs, and oral histories, Professors Matthew Klingle and Michael Kolster pose important questions about the shifting cultural and economic status of waterways such as this one.
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July 27, 2012 - August 26, 2012
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This exhibition of 28 watercolors delighted with lighthearted interpretations of the natural world through the immediacy of water-based paintings on paper.
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April 12, 2012 - July 02, 2012
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

This exhibition marks the first solo museum show of work by Los Angeles-based artist Lesley Vance (b. 1977). Known for pushing the limits of representation in her paintings and watercolors, Vance has enjoyed mounting success since her inclusion in the 2010 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. Deemed "as demanding as they are satisfying" by one prominent critic, Vance's recent oils on linen demonstrate her rigorous engagement with the history of still-life painting.
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January 01, 2012 - June 24, 2012
Becker Gallery

The exhibition of charcoal drawings by Emily Nelligan and etchings by her late husband Marvin Bileck celebrated the natural beauty of Great Cranberry Island, where the couple summered for more than 50 years.
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February 16, 2012 - June 24, 2012
Media Gallery

The exhibition introduces to American audiences Danish artist Per Kirkeby (b. 1938), one of Europe's most celebrated contemporary artists. The artist's roles as geologist, filmmaker, architect, writer, and poet are reflected in this survey of approximately 45 works. Kirkeby's paintings and sculptures are constantly in flux, maintaining a dialogue between art and science. Organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., this is Per Kirkeby's first American retrospective. After the Phillips Collection, Bowdoin is the only other venue hosting this important show.
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May 25, 2012 - June 17, 2012

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art congratulates Carrie Mae Weems to the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts and is proud to present her video The Maddening Crowd (2011). Carrie Mae Weems is an internationally known photographer and visual artist based in Syracuse, New York. A native of Portland, Oregon, she studied photography and design at San Francisco City College. She earned a B.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in 1981 and an M.F.A. at the University of California, San Diego in 1984. She attended the Folklore Graduate Program at the University of California, Berkeley from 1984 to 1987.
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February 16, 2012 - June 03, 2012
Boyd Gallery

This stellar selection of works by ten of the most discussed contemporary artists explores the subtle relations between the suggestion of physical movement in a work of art and the experience of the viewer of being moved by it. Artists include Chakaia Booker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Close, Mitch Epstein, Christine Hiebert, Rob Pruitt, Gerhard Richter, Alyson Shotz, and Leo Villareal.
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January 24, 2012 - April 29, 2012
Becker Gallery
Focus Gallery

This exhibition celebrates the contributions of private art collectors to Bowdoin since the bequest of James Bowdoin III in 1811. Their many gifts — a few of which have been selected — extend the legacy of James Bowdoin III, expand visual and cultural horizons, and enrich the liberal arts curriculum. Artists featured include James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, and Kathe Kollwitz. The show is curated by students in Art History 261: Private Treasures; Public Gifts.
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January 26, 2012 - April 12, 2012
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This installation focuses on some of the most outstanding paintings from Bowdoin College's collection of colonial and federal portraits, ranked by scholars among the finest in the United States. In 1805-1807, Gilbert Stuart painted president Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, then secretary of State, for James Bowdoin III. In 1813, the likenesses came as bequest to the College that Bowdoin had endowed in his father's name. As much as they are indebted to the European tradition, the portraits stand at the beginning of an American art that searched for cultural expressions fitting for an independent and democratic nation.
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February 09, 2012 - April 01, 2012
Halford Gallery
Center Gallery
Focus Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

Building on the foundational gifts of the Bowdoin family and other generous donors, the Museum collection has grown to encompass over 20,000 objects. This exhibition highlights some of the recent gifts and purchases expanding the Museum's encyclopedic holdings. This installation will feature select sculpture, paintings, photographs, works on paper, and decorative arts.Among those artists represented are Ansel Adams, Eva Hesse, Ando Hiroshige, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Puryear and Man Ray.
2011

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July 15, 2011 - October 16, 2011
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
Center Gallery
This is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to Edward Hopper's artistic production in Maine between 1914 and 1929. While there has been no shortage of exhibitions devoted to Hopper, very little attention has been paid to the fruitful summers he spent here.
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June 16, 2011 - September 11, 2011
Zuckert Seminar Room
Center Gallery
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February 17, 2011 - June 26, 2011
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
Center Gallery
Center Gallery
Alabaster production during the Middle Ages centered on the making and selling of finely decorated, gilded and colored sculpture to churches, nobles, and owners of private chapels. More common examples, however, were intended to brighten the homes and spiritual lives of people of modest means and are now treasured as the folk art of the ordinary medieval English man and woman.
2010

April 01, 2010 - July 11, 2010
Halford Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Center Gallery
Extending the lines of inquiry opened in Learning to Paint, this exhibition looks at American encounters with and participation within European modernism by way of alternative spaces of instruction and exhibition. Focusing on Americans’ relationships to indigenous traditions and criticism, Methods for Modernism explores the new technical and methodological stakes faced by these artists. This exhibition is made possible through the Yale University Art Gallery’s Collection-Sharing Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
November 10, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Becker Gallery
Center Gallery
Curated by Susan E. Wegner, Associate Professor of Art History at Bowdoin College, in conjunction with her Renaissance art history course, the exhibition focused on varying representations of saints.
2009

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September 15, 2009 - December 20, 2009
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
Center Gallery
Spanning centuries and cultures, global connections were explored in this collections-based exhibition selected by Bowdoin's Art History professors.
2008

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March 27, 2008 - July 27, 2008
Halford Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Center Gallery
The exhibition's paintings, sculptures, furniture, medals, prints, and books, from Bowdoin's collections and beyond, opened the window to the historic context of marriage in Renaissance Italy.
2007

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October 14, 2007 - November 25, 2007
John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery
The nineteenth century witnessed a tremendous change in definitions of artistic identity and success. This exhibition investigates how women artists have adopted, challenged, and played with the conventions of artistic representation. Gallery talk November 25th ...