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Miranda Hall-Aquitania ’18: Composing Music Fit For a Fairytale

This summer, Miranda Hall-Aquitania received a an Alan M. Christenfeld Fellowship from Bowdoin to focus on creating an original three-movement composition for violin, viola, and cello. The piece is influence by Gagaku imperial court music, and by Hall's love for storytelling.

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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 Barbara Cooney, her aunt, to prepare paintings for Hattie and the Wild Waves and Eleanor.

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition: Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography.

Illustration:  Detail from Miss Rumphius and the Lupine in Maine for Miss Rumphius, 1982, acrylic on gesso-coated percale by Barbara Cooney.  Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Audubon 'Birds of America' Page-Turning

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August 5, 201612:30 P.M. – 12:45 P.M.
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

John James Audubon's Birds of America is a portal into the natural world. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-sized watercolors of North American birds, all reproduced from hand-engraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration.

There are only 120 known copies of the double-elephant folio of this remarkable work, and Bowdoin owns one of them. Displayed just one illustration at a time in the reading room of Special Collections & Archives, join us as the SC&A staff turns the page and explore related texts on view in the reading room.

August Audubon Page-Turning
Friday, August 5, 2016 12:30pm
Special Collections, 3rd floor, H-L Library

Join us on the first Friday of every month at 12:30pm as we turn the page!

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Family Saturday at the Museum of Art

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August 6, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin College students lead the morning's activities for families.  Enjoy a tour of Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography, readings of three Barbara Cooney books, and create an illustrated of your own! 


Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Island of Ambon in the Moluccas, Indonesia for for 'Miss Rumphius' (detail), 1982,  acrylic on gesso-coated percale by Barbara Cooney. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bequest of Barbara Cooney. © Barbara Cooney Porter 1982. Used with Permission of the Barbara Cooney Porter Royalty Trust.

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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) .

Free and open to the public.

Illustration:  Edward Steichen, 1879-1973, Mushton Shlushley, the Lyric Poet and Aestheticurean, ca. 1922, tempera and ink over graphite.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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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, catalogue essayist and director of curatorial affairs and curator of American art at the Columbus Museum, leads a discussion of portraiture abstraction the early twentieth century.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, This Is a Portrait If I Say So:  Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today.

Free and open to the public

Illustration:  Francis Picabia (1879–1953) Ici, C’est Ici Stieglitz Foi et Amour, Alfred Stieglitz print, 1915, Relief print National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.,



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

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

Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art, is celebrated for her numerous award-winning exhibitions and publications, including Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries (2001), and My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Volume One, 1915-1933 (2011). In this talk, she explores the portrait abstractions of Georgia O'Keeffe.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition This Is a Portrait If I Say So:  Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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