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Museum Pilot Project of Yale Collection-Sharing Initiative, Connects with Curriculum

Story posted May 24, 2010

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is one of two pilot projects of the Yale University Art Gallery's Collection-Sharing Initiative, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The grant allows six college art museums to borrow works from the Yale University Art Gallery's encyclopedic collection for use in specially developed exhibitions and related coursework.


The Bowdoin College Museum of Art collection-sharing project focuses on early twentieth-century American and European art and encompasses 34 works from Yale.

Charles Sheeler, American 1883-1965, Staircase, Doylestown, ca. 1925, gelatin silver print, Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy.

Methods for Modernism: Form and Color in American Art, 1900-1925, running through July 11, 2010, enables the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to expand the curricular possibilities of this area of art.

Faculty from a range of fields have been encouraged to incorporate Methods for Modernism into their teaching.

Associate Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher and Professor English Marilyn Reizbaum have brought Methods for Modernism into their classrooms, by joining forces — running their classes, Modern Art and Introduction to Poetry, in tandem.

William Zorach, Lithuanian-American, 1887-1966, Untitled (unfinished sketch of trees), ca. 1917, watercolor over graphite, Gift of Dahlov Ipcar and Tessim Zorach, 1979.73.

"We've been shaping the courses to focus on the intersections between image and language, attending each other's classes and — the culmination — putting students into groups drawn from both classes to put together tours of the exhibition that creatively engage the works of art through language," says Fletcher.

The four winning tours will be made available for the duration of the exhibition.

Focusing on Americans' relationships to indigenous traditions and criticism, Methods for Modernism explores the new technical and methodological stakes faced by these artists.

More about the exhibition here.

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