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Symposium On Printmaking: "Reading Prints: David P. Becker’s Legacy"
Thursday, January 17, 2013 NEWS - Other
8:00 AM Bowdoin College Museum of Art

SYMPOSIUM ON PRINTMAKING

"Reading Prints: David P. Becker’s Legacy"

To Be Followed by Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

A two-day symposium “Reading Prints: David P. Becker’s Legacy at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art” is scheduled for January 31 and February 1, 2013 at Bowdoin College. The symposium honors the gifts and bequests of works of art given and bequeathed to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art by David Becker, Bowdoin College Class of 1970. David Becker, scholar, collector, and educator, is remembered at Bowdoin as a trustee, quiet philanthropist, and advocate for the Museum. All symposium sessions are open to the public free of charge.

The speakers, colleagues and friends of David Becker, will introduce aspects of the printmaking tradition that exemplify the joys and rewards of close looking and in-depth study. The first session is on Thursday, January 31, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium in the Visual Arts Center at Bowdoin College. 

Speakers will include:

Clifford Ackley, Department Chair and Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Marjorie Cohn, former Carl A. Weyerhauser Curator of Prints and former Acting Director of the Harvard Art Museums

Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1985

Sue Reed, formerly Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

That session will be followed by an open house at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening to celebrate the exhibition, Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker. 

The next morning, on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Katharine J. Watson, director emerita, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Smith College Museum of Art will speak in the exhibition galleries at the Museum, followed by an opportunity for participants to see selected prints from David Becker’s bequest that are not on public view.

Symposium Schedule

Reading Prints: David P. Becker’s Legacy at the Bowdoin College 

Symposium, Session I
Thursday, January 31, 2013, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College

Followed by an Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, January 31, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Symposium, Session II

Friday, February 1, 2013

10:00 a.m. to noon

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

About the Exhibition

Introducing visitors to the techniques, themes, and stylistic developments of western printmaking since the Renaissance, the exhibition Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker features highlights from the recently-acquired collection of 1,500 prints given and bequeathed by Bowdoin alumnus and former trustee David P. Becker. On view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through March 24, 2013, the exhibition includes prints by Western masters ranging from Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt to David Hockney and Jasper Johns. 

About David P. Becker

David P. Becker, an internationally recognized print scholar whose expertise encompassed drawings, illustrated books, and writing manuals, collected throughout his life with the intent to build a comprehensive teaching resource for his alma mater. Becker’s affinity for and involvement with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art began when he was a freshman, and continued throughout his life as a curator, scholar, collector and generous donor. From his first days at Bowdoin, Becker was particularly passionate about prints and printmaking, and this became his collecting focus, both for his personal collection and for the Museum’s. Believing that the graphic arts should educate and inspire future generations of students, and that “the print collection can be an enormous resource for teaching in all different areas,” Becker gave or helped purchase prints dating from the origins of printmaking in the fifteenth century to its innovative uses today. His gifts included work by such masters as Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Daumier, and Whistler, among many others. When Becker died in 2010, the bequest of his estate came to the museum, greatly expanding the breadth and depth of the museum’s holdings; the Becker collection alone comprises over 1,500 works of art.