Students Learn Art of Curating as They Research Photography Exhibit for ARTH 2440 FALL 2016
The sixteen students in Professor Dana Byrd's fall 2016 semester course "Shoot, Snap, Instagram: A History of Photography in America" curated an exhibition based on the photographic holdings of the College’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A). The exhibition opened on January 25, 2017, will run through June 5, 2017, and is on view in the second floor gallery of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.
Fall 2016 Japanese Print Culture ARTH 3180 Students Curate the Exhibition Sōsaku-Hanga: Twentieth-Century Japanese Creative Prints
An exhibition highlighting the outstanding works of sosaku-hanga, or Japanese twentieth-century creative prints, from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art collection, was cocurated by Alison Miller and her ARTH 3180 Japanese Print Culture 2016 fall semester students. The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition runs February 10 through April 16, 2017.
Abigail Mahoney '16 - Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography
As museum education assistant at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Abigail provided research and curatorial assistance for the May 19-August 21, 2016, exhibition that brought together works related to three of Barbara Cooney's books: Miss Rumphius, Hattie and the Wild Waves, and Eleanor. Abigail worked under the guidance of Honor Wilkinson, curatorial assistant and manager of student programs and Laura Sprague, consulting curator of decorative arts.
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 explored the work of a significant, though little-known photographer who documented many of the most important social and political events of the 1960s.
"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 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.