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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.
May 19, 2016 - August 21, 2016
Zuckert Seminar Room

Focused on the lives of three women rendered in detailed paintings by Barbara Cooney, this exhibition explores how Cooney crafted rich biographies in text and image.
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.

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John Singleton Copley’s Portrait of Elizabeth Bowdoin

The Museum is currently exhibiting a rarely seen pastel portrait by John Singleton Copley, arguably the greatest portrait painter of colonial America. For the Bowdoin community, this opportunity is even more special, since the portrait depicts Elizabeth Bowdoin, James Bowdoin’s older sister

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Upcoming Events

Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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July 2, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A family program about music and the fine arts.

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Anne Collins Goodyear - Gallery Conversation: 'Contemporary Art and Identity'

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July 7, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Anne Collins Goodyear leads a gallery talk about contemporary art and identity in conjunction with the exhibition, 'This is a Portrait If I Say So.'

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Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo - Gallery Conversation: 'Unconventional Portraiture in the 1960s'

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July 12, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo leads a discussion of unconventional portraiture in the 1960s.Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, catalogue essayist and independent scholar, leads a discussion of unconventional portraiture in the 1960s in conjunction with the exhibition, 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today.'

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Frank Mauceri - Gallery Conversation: 'R. Luke DuBois-Now'

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July 19, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Frank Mauceri, senior lecturer in music, leads a discussion of the exhibition, 'R. Luke DuBois-Now.'

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Bowdoin International Music Festival Performance: Music at the Museum

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July 21, 201611:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin International Music Festival faculty perform in the Museum of Art

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Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen: 'Travels with Hattie & Eleanor: Researching Biography with Barbara Cooney'

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August 4, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, speaks about the research of her aunt, Barbara Cooney to prepare paintings for the books, 'Hattie and the Wild Waves' and 'Eleanor.'

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Night at the Museum: 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today'

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August 12, 20165:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate summer at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The three cocurators, Anne Collins Goodyear, Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, and Johathan Frederick Walz, will describe the making of the exhbition 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today' with refreshments al fresco (weather permitting) .

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Jonathan Frederick Walz - Gallery Conversation: "Portraiture Abstraction"

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August 16, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jonathan Frederick Walz leads a discussion of portraiture abstraction the early twentieth century.

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