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detail of "St. Jerome in his Study," 1514, by Albrecht Durer, German, 1471-1528. Engraving. Bequest of David P. Becker, Class of 1970.


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.
February 02, 2017 - July 15, 2018
Walker Gallery

"AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World" explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans. It examines the special place Egypt occupied in the history of the ancient world and its long-lasting hold on the culture and imagination of its conquerors.
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.

Museum News

Revealing a more complicated/richer/diverse American Story: Fifteen Drawings gifted by halley harrisburg ’90 and Michael Rosenfeld

Which stories are we able to tell with works in the Museum of Art collection? What are the “blind spots” in our recount of the history of art? These questions recently came up in conversations with halley harrisburg ’90 and her husband Michael Rosenfeld.

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Upcoming Events

Gallery Conversation: Urban Impressions: New York City in Prints, 1900-1940

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March 30, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

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Symposium: "Perspectives from Postwar Hiroshima: Chuzo Tamotzu, Children's Drawings, and the Art of Resolution"

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March 31, 2017 1:00 PM  – 4:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In conjunction with the exhibition Perspectives from Postwar Hiroshima: Chuzo Tamotzu, Children's Drawings, and the Art of Resolution, leading artists, historians, and art historians offer their perspectives on the cultural implications of World War II - particularly the atomic explosion in Hiroshima - for Japan and for Americans of Japanese descent in the United States.

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Ada Cohen: "From Nimrud to (New) England: Assyrian Art Over Time"

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April 4, 2017 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Ada Cohen, Israel Evans Professor in Oratory and Belles Lettres and Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College, examines the exciting discoveries unearthed from the Assyrian site at Nimrud (Kalhu) during the nineteenth century in present-day Iraq and how many of the artifacts made their way into collections in Europe and the United States.

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Tour and Reception: Traveling Artists/Circulating Images-Tracing Eighteenth-Century Networks

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April 6, 2017 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

This program investigates - through a selection of eighteenth century prints, drawings, and paintings - how art reflected and indeed established networks that spanned continents.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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April 8, 2017 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

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

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Gallery Conversation - Mary Hart: "Urban Impressions"

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April 11, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Mary Hart and Sarah Freshnock '17, lead a discussion in the exhibition 'Urban Impressions.'

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Robin Reisenfeld"The Presence of Spirituality in German Avant-Garde Responses to World War I"

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April 13, 2017 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Robin Reisenfeld, curator, works on paper, Toledo Museum of Art , discusses German avant-garde artists' responses to World War I.

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Music in the Museum with George Lopez

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April 20, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez performs an evening of music associated with exhibitions on view.

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Music in the Museum with George Lopez

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April 20, 2017 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez performs an evening of music associated with exhibitions on view.

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Reimagining 'American' Art: The MFA, Boston and Museums of the Future

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April 27, 2017 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

A reflection on the Boston, MFA's evolution and what it means to tell the story of American art in an encyclopedic museum.

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Why Draw? Artist Natalie Frank on Drawings and their Subtexts

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May 2, 2017 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Artist Natalie Frank speaks about her work in this keynote address opening the exhibition "Why Draw" at the Museum of Art.

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Opening Reception for "Why Draw?" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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May 2, 2017 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition "Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College."

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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May 6, 2017 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

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

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Members' Evening at the Museum

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May 9, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

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