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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.


January 19, 2018 - March 11, 2018
Becker Gallery

Artine Artinian, Bowdoin Class of 1931, a renowned scholar of nineteenth-century French literature, donated to Bowdoin College a vast collection of drawings, including portraits, caricatures, and original designs for book illustrations. Highlights of these gifts provide an introduction to the visual culture of France during the Belle Époque.
December 14, 2017 - April 08, 2018
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

Many artists of the twentieth century purposefully made the familiar look strange, in order to challenge conventions. This exhibition of highlights from the permanent collection of paintings and sculpture offers viewers the opportunity to trace twentieth-century artistic innovations and challenges them to look anew.
November 09, 2017 - July 08, 2018
Markell Gallery

"Art from the Northern Plains" celebrates the Museum’s recent acquisition of a late nineteenth- century Lakota painting of a Sun Dance ceremony. To understand and appreciate its significance, this exhibition brings together a selection of historic and contemporary artworks by Native and non-Native artists who have worked in this region.

Museum News

Works on Paper of the Month at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Four drawings by Louis Eilshemius (American, 1864–1941) have recently been acquired by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Upcoming Events

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"Narrative and Abstraction in Plains Indian Art: 1850 to the Present" with Janet Berlo

January 25, 20184:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Janet Berlo speaks about two modes of artistic expression on the Great Plains of North America.

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Winter Open House at the Museum of Art

January 25, 20185:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate the beginning of the spring semester and the varied exhibitions on view.

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Spring Student Night at the Museum

January 26, 20187:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

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"Bearing Witness: Gender and Visual Art" with Ellen Tani and Lisa Peterson

February 1, 20185:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Ellen Tani, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, and Lisa Peterson, associate director of gender violence prevention and education, discuss the intersection of art and violence.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Musuem of Art

February 3, 201810:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A family program presented by Bowdoin students at the Museum of Art

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"Constructing the Soviet Industrial Revolution: Montage, Modernism, Modernization" with Nicholas Kupensky

February 6, 201812:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Nicholas Kupensky discusses a selection of Soviet posters from between the World Wars.

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"Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980" with Kelly Baum, Metropolitan Museum of Art

February 8, 20184:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Kelly Baum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition in art as responses to military conflict and social and political unrest.

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"Artistic Exchange on the Northern Plains" with Museum Co-Director, Frank Goodyear

February 13, 201812:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Frank Goodyear discusses the Museum's recent acquisition of a late nineteenth-century painting of a Sun Dance ceremony.

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"Artine Artinian '31: Shoeshine Boy, Literary Scholar, Drawing Collector"

February 15, 20184:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Daniel Rechtschaffen '18 and curator Joachim Homann discuss drawings from the collection of Artine Artinian, the foremost American scholar of Guy de Maupassant.

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Bowdoin Art Society Gallery Talk

February 16, 20184:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Members of the Bowdoin Art Society lead a discussion about a current topic of interest in the art world.

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"Looking Out, Looking Within"

February 20, 201812:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jake Milgram Wien, independent scholar, discusses Rockwell Kent's pivotal painting "A Young Sailor," ca. 1914-17.

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"Drawing In Dialogue with Politics and Literature" with Pamela M. Fletcher and Meryem Belkaid

February 27, 201812:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Pamela M. Fletcher and Meryem Belkaid discuss French caricatures, illustrations, and drawings from the Artine Artinian collection.

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Curator's Tour of "Second Sight"

March 1, 20186:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Ellen Tani leads an introductory tour of the exhibition "Second Sight: the Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art."

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Musuem of Art

March 3, 201810:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A family program led by Bowdoin College students at the Museum of Art

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Saving Mosul’s Cultural Heritage

March 6, 20184:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, speaks to strategies to preserve the past in the wake of widespread destruction of cultural monuments in and around Mosul, Iraq.

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Music at the Museum with George Lopez

March 8, 20185:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez performs an evening of music associated with the exhibition "Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art."

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Music at the Museum with George Lopez

March 8, 20187:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez performs music associated with the exhibition "Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art."

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