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Exhibitions
Past Exhibitions

2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 -
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June 24, 2017 - November 26, 2017
Boyd Gallery
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
This exhibition constitutes a significant contribution to our understanding of a critical facet of late medieval and early modern culture: the centrality of the macabre.
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July 20, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Markell Gallery
Barkley Hendricks is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential American painters of his generation for his superlative talent, his evocative reinterpretation of portraiture, and his reckoning with contemporary life—whether he assumes a critical or celebratory perspective.
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May 03, 2017 - September 03, 2017
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Media Gallery
Becker Gallery
Center Gallery
Halford Gallery
Focus Gallery
Presenting historic and contemporary selections from one of the nation’s oldest collections of drawings, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, this highly engaging exhibition explores the significance and pleasures found in tracing movements of the hand on paper by asking the question “Why Draw?”
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May 18, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Zuckert Seminar Room
The focus of this exhibition is a series of six large works on paper created during a visit to Sydney, Australia, in 2012. Titled “Sydney Botanical Garden” they respond to a bamboo plant that the artist encountered. Exhibited here for the first time, these stunning works surround viewers with a luscious, richly textured and colored, immersive environment.
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March 30, 2017 - July 09, 2017
Markell Gallery
For many American artists, New York City in the early twentieth century epitomized modern life. Through a variety of media, they captured an increasingly diverse populace, expanding skyline, and changed public mores.
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February 16, 2017 - June 04, 2017
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
This exhibition explores the influence of western medieval forms, practices, and themes on German Expressionists and their opposition to the tradition of naturalism.
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September 22, 2016 - May 28, 2017
Boyd Gallery
This installation showcases a selection of American and European paintings with decorative arts from around the world to illustrate the century’s expanding reach and interests. They include Native American pottery, Malagan masks, Japanese metalwork and lacquer, carved Chinese jade, and fine European jewelry.
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January 10, 2017 - April 16, 2017
Center Gallery
Sosaku-hanga—creative prints (創作版画)—emerged as an artistic form of expression in twentieth-century Japan. This installation was co-curated for "Art & Resolution, 1900 to Today" by students from Art History 3180: "Japanese Print Culture," Fall 2016.
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November 15, 2016 - April 16, 2017
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Center Gallery
Halford Gallery
Focus Gallery
The dual meaning of “resolution,” as both coming-into-view and as a means of overcoming conflict defines artistic responses to the historic transformations of the global twentieth century. Works selected for the exhibition visualize resolution and its conceptual underpinnings, and seek to act as agents of resolution through visual culture. Included is a section of Sosaku-hanga—creative prints, co-curated for "Art & Resolution, 1900 to Today" by students from Art History 3180: "Japanese Print Culture," Fall 2016.
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January 10, 2017 - April 16, 2017
Becker Gallery
This exhibition showcases drawings created in the mid-1950s by Japanese school children from Hiroshima.
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December 06, 2016 - March 19, 2017
Markell Gallery
Saint Anthony (ca. 251–356), often regarded as the founder of Christian monasticism, was a hermit in the Egyptian desert who, according to his biographer Athanasius of Alexandria, was tormented by supernatural appearances. This exhibition presents renderings of Saint Anthony’s visions since the late medieval period.
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September 15, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
Robert Frank played a leading role in re-writing contemporary standards for photography. This exhibition brings together a selection of rarely seen photographs from 1947, the year the artist first moved to the United States, to 1961, when he presented his first major museum exhibition.
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April 28, 2015 - January 08, 2017
Walker Gallery
This exhibition considers the representation of contests in ancient art.