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Portraits of Artists on Display at Bowdoin

Story posted March 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- A reception will mark the opening of "Picturing Creativity: Portraits of Artists, 1860-1960" on Thursday, April 2,. from 8-10 p.m. in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

The exhibit is drawn from Bowdoin's permanent collection. It displays portraits of artistic figures, such as visual artists, literary figures, musicians, actors and dancers, made during the last part of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Included are prints and photographs by Edgar Degas, Gertrude Ksebier, Nadar, Frederick Sommer and James McNeill Whistler, and likenesses of Sarah Bernhardt, Victor Hugo, Edouard Manet and Pablo Picasso. The exhibit is on view through Sunday, May 31.

The exhibit is organized by Laura Groves '96, Andrew W. Mellon curatorial intern at Bowdoin. During the 1997-98 academic year, Groves has collaborated with professors across Bowdoin's curriculum to use parts of the museum's collection in their classes.

Three free lectures are scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit. On Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., Sarah Greenough, curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., will present, "A Photographic Affair--Alfred Stieglitz's Portraits of Georgia O'Keeffe" in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

On Wednesday, April 22, at 4 p.m., Groves will give a gallery talk, "The Artist/Sitter Relationship," at the museum.

On Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m., Denise Bethel, director of photographs at Sotheby's Inc. in New York, will present, "Creating a Photographic Self: From Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass' to Cindy Sherman's 'Film Stills'" in Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center.

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