Frances Gurzenda '16's Curated Exhibit: Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson
On view from January 26 to April 3, 2016 in the Becker Gallery—a space designed for faculty and student-curated installations—this exhibition explores the work of a significant, though little-known photographer who documented many of the most important social and political events of the 1960s. more >>
Bowdoin Art History Majors and Minors Internships/Experiences - Summer 2015
The experiences listed at the link above are those shared by Art History students with their professors and does not reflect a complete compilation for this past summer.
Although not an Art History major, Frances Soctomah '16 was a student in Professor Susan Wegner's ARTH 1300 Introduction to the Arts of Ancient Mexico and Peru this past spring semester. Frances' summer project connects to the investigation of North American indigenous art.
"Empire Follows Art": Culture and Identity in the Atlantic World
Students in Professor Dana Byrd's Sugar, Tobacco, Rice and Rum: Identity and Culture in the Atlantic World (spring 2015), a course offered by Art History and cross-listed in Africana Studies, organized a Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition that highlighted the the experience of the Atlantic World through art and artifacts. From gallery layouts to labels, “Empire Follows Art: Culture and Identity in the Atlantic World" featured the work of creative student curators who demonstrated that objects drawn from the collection could shed light on the development of economic, social and intellectual ties among Europe, Africa and America. The show was written up for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art as well as Bowdoin Community News.
Maggie Bryan '15 - Honors Project 2014-2015
Sarah Haimes '15 - Spring 2015 Independent Study
At Work, At Rest: The Notion of Family on Grossneck Road
Sarah Haimes '15, an Art History/Visual Arts interdisciplinary major with an Archaeology minor, curated an exhibition of photographs from a recent gift by the artist Olive Pierce. This independent study was completed under the guidance of Professor Dana Byrd, spring 2015. Sarah's exhibition, Olive Pierce: Photographing a Maine Fishing Community, will be October 29, 2015-January 17, 2016 in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Becker Gallery.
Ziqi Li '15 - Fall 2015 Independent Study
Ziqi Li, an Art History/Economics double major, completed her independent study An Yimin and Defender of Chinese Heritage: Zhang Daqian’s Landscape Paintings on Self-Exile, under the guidance of Professor Peggy Wang, fall semester 2015.
Tory Munson '15 - Spring 2015 Independent Study
Tori Munson Independent Study, spring 2015
Title: Rejected Art
Advisor: Professor Susan Wegner
The focus of this Independent Study is on Rejected Art. I have looked at art that, for various reasons, was rejected by the church, its original patron, or the state. The people who reject the art all held political or religious power at the time of the rejection. The art examined in this project dates from the 17th to the 20th century and originates from Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. I first looked at Caravaggio’s art, and then moved to El Greco’s paintings for Philip II. Next, I transitioned to state exhibitions including the Salon des Resusés and the Degnerate Art Exhibtion. An overall finding has been that this art, while it was rejected and sometimes defamed at the time of its submission, has become highly acclaimed art in the present and often represents artists who dared to push the limits of their contemporaries.
Alice Wang '15 - Fall 2014 Independent Study
Alice Wang, an art history major, education studies minor, completed her independent study “Exposing Technology: Picturing Photography in Paint with Winslow Homer's Sharpshooter” fall 2014. Professor Dana Byrd served as her advisor.
James Denison '14 - Honors Project 2013-2014
Student-curated Bowdoin College Museum of Art Exhibit "Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife", December 6-December 23, 2012
Students in Associate Professor Susan Wegner's seminer ARTH 3240: "Art and Life of Michelangelo", organized a Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition that highlighted the influence of Michelangelo's art and and the legend of his character in the year's after his death. The exhibit, "Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife",was put together by Sarah Haimes '15, James Miller '14, and Ursala Moreno-Vanderlaan '13.
Image: Art History professor Susan Wegner, James Miller '14, Ursula Moreno-VanderLaan '13 and Sarah Haimes '15 with their exhibition, "Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife"
Zoë Lescaze '12 - Honors Project 2011-2012
Sara Griffin '09 - Honors Project 2008-2009
Contemporary Art from Tijuana
Combining long-standing interests in contemporary art, Mexico, and U.S.-Mexico relations, Sara began research on her topic after returning from a semester abroad in Mérida, Mexico. She received a grant from the Roberts Fund, which allowed her to travel to Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tijuana, meeting with artists.
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Mallory Banks '08 - Honors Project 2007-2008
Three Houses in Brunswick: an Architectual and Social History
As a recipient of a Surdna Fellowship, Mallory had the opportunity to pursue a yearlong independent research project that developed out of her own interest in architectural history and her professor’s expertise in American art and architecture. She researched the architectural and social history of Bowdoin College and the Brunswick community through an exploration of three buildings on a corner of the Bowdoin campus. She reconstructed the history of these residences, studied the architectural styles as expressions of the individuals for whom they were built, and how the homes developed to fit the needs of their later inhabitants.
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