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Fall 2013

Visual Arts Open House

Visual Arts Open House

December 13, 2013 4:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Bowdoin College Visual Arts Department presents:

Fall Open House

Edwards Center for Art and Dance,
with additional exhibitions in the VAC Fishbowl and Kresge.

Light refreshments in Edwards

Come see the hard work, creativity, and talent of the Fall 2013 visual arts classes.

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(Data)Visualizing the Lesbian-Queer History of New York City

(Data)Visualizing the Lesbian-Queer History of New York City

November 20, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Jen Jack Gieseking (Digital & Computational Studies Initiative)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people have long been denied the ability to define and create their own histories. While much work on LGBTQ people draws upon qualitative work to tell the stories of this oppressed group, the turn in big data and data visualization affords ways of bringing together these people's experiences in new and exciting ways. 

Drawing upon the largest archive of LGBTQ organizing in the US, Prof. Gieseking will show how data visualizations provide more complex renderings of women's histories than previously imagined.

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Terms and Conditions May Apply: Screening and Discussion

Terms and Conditions May Apply: Screening and Discussion

November 13, 2013 4:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Panel discussion "Privacy and Security, Transparency and the Internet" following screening of "Terms and Conditions May Apply"

Have you ever read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies connected to every website you visit, phone call you make, or app you use? Of course you haven't. But those agreements allow corporations to do things with your personal information you could never even imagine. What are you really agreeing to when you click "I accept"?

Following the screening of "Terms and Conditions May Apply," join Profs. Elias (Government) and Gieseking (Digital and Computational Studies) of Bowdoin, and USM Prof. Clearwater (law) previously of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society for a discussion of the film and issues of privacy, security, transparency, and the Internet.

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Queer Matter: Science and Sexuality in the Renaissance

Queer Matter: Science and Sexuality in the Renaissance

November 5, 2013 7:30 PM  – 8:15 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This inaugural lecture in the "Science Before Science" faculty series and course cluster examines early modern alchemy as a science of generation that had profound implications for defining what it meant to be human and for approaching Nature as an object of study.

Presented by Associate Professor of English Aaron Kitch.

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Galileo, Poetry, and Digital Studies with Crystal Hall

Galileo, Poetry, and Digital Studies with Crystal Hall

October 24, 2013 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Crystal Hall, Postdoctoral Fellow with the new Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, explores the challenges and opportunities of digital humanities research through the case study of Galileo Galilei and the ways that the best-selling poetry of his age shaped the expression of his philosophical ideas.

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The Salem Witch Trial Archives and Strategies in Digital Humanities

The Salem Witch Trial Archives and Strategies in Digital Humanities

October 10, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Ben Ray, Professor of Religious Studies at University of Virginia, will give a talk for Bowdoin faculty regarding his Salem Witch Trials project - how it got started and why he turned to digital methods. Chats with interested faculty on project ideas for teaching & research will follow the talk.

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Paper Machine by Lindsey Clark-Ryan

Paper Machine by Lindsey Clark-Ryan

October 9, 2013 8:30 AM  – 10:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 116 [Gallery]

"Paper Machine" by Lindsey Clark-Ryan, presented by the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project at Bowdoin College. On view at the Edwards Center for Art and Dance Maine Gallery, October 9th-20th, 2013.

Lindsey Clark-Ryan uses printmaking and installation to complicate her sense of gravity (and levity) and suggest a line between disaster and control. She is also interested in how prints act as objects and how found or constructed things can become ephemera. She lives and works in Northampton, MA, where she teaches at Smith College. Sponsored by the Marvin Bileck and Emily Nelligan Trust.

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Female Embodiment of the Visual World

Female Embodiment of the Visual World

September 28, 2013 8:30 AM  – 4:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Women's Art in Contemporary China

As contemporary Chinese art gains worldwide prominence, where are the women artists? Why are they so often absent from academic discourse and scholarly publication? How do women's art practices figure into critical theory, gender politics, and aesthetics? Why have Chinese women artists refused to have their work identified and defined in terms of feminism, even if they seemingly engage in feminist art practices? In response to these questions, this symposium initiates a platform for considering Chinese women's art. Leading scholars and critics from Asia and the United States will present and discuss issues that concern artists as well as viewers.

This international symposium is presented in conjunction with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists, from September 27 to December 21, 2013.

For more information and the complete schedule of the events, please visit bowdoin.edu/asian-studies/symposia/female-embodiment-of-the-visual-world-2013/.

SPONSORED BY: the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Asian Studies Program, and the Art Department.

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Women Artists in 20th Century China

Women Artists in 20th Century China

September 27, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

"Women Artists in 20th Century China: A Prehistory of the Contemporary"

Julia F. Andrews, Professor of Art History at The Ohio State University, has been a leading scholar of Chinese art since 1979, when she became the first American art historian to conduct research in China after formal establishment of US-China relations. 

This keynote address will open the exhibition “Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists” and the symposium “Female Embodiment of the Visual World: Women's Art in Contemporary China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.”


Peng Wei, Autumn of Tang Dynasty, 2008, ink on hemp paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show

The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show

September 24, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Gail Stavitsky, chief curator of the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey, will speak about her critically acclaimed exhibition “The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913” held earlier this year at the Montclair Art Museum. Presented in conjunction with “Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea.”

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Joel Greenberg: "Hope is the Thing with Feathers"

Joel Greenberg:

September 19, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Joel Greenberg, Research Associate at both ?Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Academy of Sciences, ?and Field Museum, Chicago, IL

??Joel has been a birder/naturalist for 45 years, and has shared his love and knowledge of nature and conservation by authoring three books, writing numerous articles, co-hosting a radio show, blogging on Birdzilla.com, and lecturing widely. Since the summer of 2009, he has been working exclusively on passenger pigeons, for he has written the first book on the species in over 50 years. The book, Feathered River Across the Sky:  The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction (Bloombury), is scheduled for publication in January 2014.

Joel’s total immersion in the literature over that time has led to his heavy involvement in Project Passenger Pigeon (http://passengerpigeon.org/). ?

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