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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.


June 25, 2016 - October 23, 2016
Media Gallery

Featuring iconic American Artists such as Marsden Hartley, Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Rauschenberg, Yoko Ono, Roni Horn, Glenn Ligon, and others, this timely and groundbreaking exhibition includes more than 60 abstract, symbolic, and conceptual portraits across a wide range of media - reexamining over a century of portraiture and inspiring new ways to see ourselves and others.
April 26, 2016 - November 27, 2016
Markell Gallery

This installation brings together paintings dating to the period 1350–1500 and prior influences, including ancient and medieval sculpture.
March 31, 2016 - September 04, 2016
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

The exhibition presents a survey of the work of Luke DuBois, a New York based composer, computer programmer, filmmaker, and installation artist

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Bowdoin Students Profiled in Japanese Newspaper

The two Bowdoin students are currently in Japan carrying out research for an exhibition next year at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art featuring drawings made by Hiroshima schoolchildren in the 1950s.

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Upcoming Events

Sarah Greenough: "'Passing into the World as Abstractions' Georgia O'Keeffe's Painted Portraits"

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September 6, 2016 4:30 P.M.  – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Sarah Greenough, senior curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art, explores the portrait abstractions of Georgia O'Keeffe.

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Brunswick ArtWalk | Museum of Art

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September 9, 2016 5:00 P.M.  – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

The Museum of Art will be open until 8:00 p.m. as part of Brunswick's Art Walk.

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Family Saturday at the Museum of Art

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September 10, 2016 10:00 A.M.  – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Enjoy "Family Saturday" with activities related to the exhibitions on view at the Museum of Art.

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Mary Hart - Gallery Conversation: "Deconstructing the Portrait: A Painter's View"

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September 13, 2016 12:00 P.M.  – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Mary Hart, visiting assistant professor of art, leads a discussion on the exhibition, "This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today."

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Sarah Kennel: "Robert Frank: Nobody's Home"

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September 15, 2016 4:30 P.M.  – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Sarah Kennel, Curator of Photography, Peabody Essex Museum, will speak on the photography of Robert Frank in conjunction with the exhibition Robert Frank: Sideways.

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Fall Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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September 15, 2016 5:30 P.M.  – 7:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Come celebrate the beginning of the fall semester and the varied exhibitions currently on view at the Museum of Art.

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Joachim Homann and Laura Fecych Sprague: "John Copley's Portrait of Elizabeth Bowdoin: Art, Englightenment, and Patronage in New England"

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September 20, 2016 12:00 P.M.  – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Joachim Homann and Laura Fecych Sprague lead a discussion of a pastel portrait of Elizabeth Bowdoin by John Singleton Copley on view at the Museum of Art.

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Mike Kolster and Russ Rymer - Thursday Night Salon: "Robert Frank: Sideways"

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September 22, 2016 7:00 P.M.  – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Rotunda

Mike Kolster and Russ Rymer discuss Robert Frank's work and the role that their students played in organizing the exhibition, "Robert Frank: Sideways."

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Peter Jaszi - Workshop: "Fair Use in the Visual Arts and Beyond"

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September 25, 2016 11:00 A.M.  – 4:30 P.M.
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

A three-part workshop addressing copyright and fair use in museums and on academic campuses.

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L.J. Roberts: "Queer Strategies, Queer Tactics"

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October 5, 2016 4:30 P.M.  – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Award-winning L.J. Roberts speaks about the expression of LGBT identity through the visual arts.

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Richard Saunders: "Some Additional Observations on Identity in American Art"

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October 12, 2016 4:30 P.M.  – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Richard Saunders discusses the emergence of portrait abstraction in the context of the broader history of American portraiture.

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Music at the Museum with George Lopez

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October 13, 2016 5:00 P.M.  – 6:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Rotunda

George Lopez performs an evening of music associated with the exhibitions on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Music at the Museum with George Lopez

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October 13, 2016 7:00 P.M.  – 8:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Rotunda

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

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Tour and Reception: "Echoes of Ancient Religions in Bowdoin Collections"

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October 14, 2016 5:00 P.M.  – 7:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

How do art and material culture reflect religious beliefs and practices in the ancient world? What do objects contribute to our understanding of the meaning and history of the term 'religion'?

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The New Normal

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October 18, 2016 4:30 P.M.  – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Artist Hasan Elahi discusses his practice and the larger question of visual documentation and the representation of identity in the post-9/11 era.

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