ABOUT PAST FUTURES

ON VIEW AT THE BOWDOIN COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART FROM MARCH 5TH TO JUNE 7TH 2015

PUBLICATION

A fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue co-published with The MIT Press is available for purchase at the Bowdoin book store. Edited by Sarah J. Montross, Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Curatorial Fellow, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, with essays by Rodrigo Alonso, Rory O’Dea, and Miguel Ángel Fernández Delgado, this book offers an expanded exploration of how artists from the United States and Latin America visualized the future. Inspired variously by the “golden age” of science fiction, the Cold War, the space race, and the counterculture, these artists expressed both optimism and pessimism about humanity’s prospects.

The catalogue includes a lead essay mapping central themes of the exhibition; an exploration of how Latin American artists have depicted astronomic phenomena, utopian projects, and the modern machine; an essay on space-age art in Argentina during the 1960s; and a focused study on Robert Smithson and science fiction.

PURCHASE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

This website features a selection of artwork in the exhibition on view at the Bowdoin College Musuem of Art from March 5 through June 7, 2015. Click here for the complete exhibition checklist.

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

CREDITS

Major support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


CURATOR
Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Curatorial Fellow

WEB DESIGN
Cody Stack ’16, Lead Designer
Special thanks to Zach Hooker for the typeface design.

BCMA STAFF
Suzanne Bergeron, Assistant Director of Communications
Rebekah Beaulieu, Assistant Director of Operations
Elizabeth Carpenter, Interim Registrar and Collections Manager
Anne Goodyear, Co-director of the Museum
Frank Goodyear, Co-director of the museum
Michelle Henning, Assistant to the Registrar
Tim Hanson, Manager of Museum Security Operations
Joseph Hluska, Assistant Preparator
Jessica Holley ’15, Student Assistant to the Curator
Joachim Homann, Curator
Laura Latman, Former Registrar and Collections Manager
Kiyomi Mino, Student Assistant to the Curator
Liza Nelson, Shop Manager
Christine Piontek, Assistant to the Directors
Quinn Rhi ’15, Student Assistant to the Curator
José Ribas, Preparator
Andrea Rosen, Curatorial Assistant