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detail of "St. Jerome in his Study," 1514, by Albrecht Durer, German, 1471-1528. Engraving. Bequest of David P. Becker, Class of 1970.


July 20, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Markell Gallery

Barkley Hendricks is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential American painters of his generation for his superlative talent, his evocative reinterpretation of portraiture, and his reckoning with contemporary life—whether he assumes a critical or celebratory perspective.
June 24, 2017 - November 26, 2017
Boyd Gallery

This exhibition constitutes a significant contribution to our understanding of a critical facet of late medieval and early modern culture: the centrality of the macabre.
May 18, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Zuckert Seminar Room

The focus of this exhibition is a series of six large works on paper created during a visit to Sydney, Australia, in 2012. Titled “Sydney Botanical Garden” they respond to a bamboo plant that the artist encountered. Exhibited here for the first time, these stunning works surround viewers with a luscious, richly textured and colored, immersive environment.

Museum News

Favorite Pick from "The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe"

Daniel Rechtschaffen’18, museum summer intern, writes about one of his favorite objects in the exhibition "The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe"

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Upcoming Events

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Gallery Conversation: "Death Personified"

August 1, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Honor Wilkinson leads a discussion in the exhibition, "The Ivory Mirror"

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Movie Night! "'Ghostbusters II' and the Macabre in Popular Culture Today"

August 3, 20177:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

"Ghostbusters II," followed by a conversation about contemporary culture and historical examples of the "memento mori" in conjunction with the exhibition, "The Ivory Mirror."

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

August 5, 201710:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin students lead art activities for families in the Museum of Art.

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"The Moment of the Memento Mori: The Past as Prologue for Contemporary Art"

August 8, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director, leads a discussion in the exhibition "The Ivory Mirror"

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Family Art Night at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

August 11, 20174:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin students offer a variety of activities for families during "Second Friday Brunswick"

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"Reflections on the Ivory Mirror"

August 15, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Stephen Perkinson, guest curator, leads a discussion in the exhibition "The Ivory Mirror"

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"Art and Anatomy: A Physician's Perspective on Renaissance Depictions of Mortality"

August 17, 20177:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A conversation regarding the art and science of grappling with our mortality, historically and today.

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Workshop: "Tracing the Artist's Hand"

August 24, 20176:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Artist Elise Ansel leads a drawing workshop in conjunction with the exhibition, "Why Draw?"

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'Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore: The Figure in Drawings of the European Avant-Garde"

August 25, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Joachim Homann leads a discussion in the exhibition "Why Draw?"

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"Appreciating Paper: Art's Best Supporting Actor"

August 31, 20174:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Two specialists discuss works on paper in this final event for the "Why Draw?" exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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