Propose an Exhibition
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art offers students and faculty the unique opportunity to curate exhibitions in the Becker Gallery for teaching and student engagement. Students and faculty collaborate with curatorial staff to develop a focused show that makes use of the museum collections. For faculty, Becker Gallery exhibitions offer an ideal source of research and writing projects to organize a semester around and explore an important theme or historical moment. For individual students, student organizations, and groups, exhibitions offer an opportunity to work closely with curatorial staff and a faculty sponsor to develop a show that might relate to an experimental idea, academic interest, or specific subject matter.
Three exhibitions are installed yearly in the Becker Gallery. The exhibition slots for each academic year are:
- November – February
- February – March
- April – June
Applications for available slots are reviewed twice yearly: 1) in April for exhibitions the following November and February, and in late September for exhibitions in February (if open) and March.
Student and faculty exhibitions in the Becker Gallery are on view for approximately six weeks. In the case of faculty-curated exhibitions, faculty often assign research and writing projects based on one or more works of art in the exhibition, or have students deliver oral presentations on select pieces. Students in a course can also become involved in the process of conceiving an exhibition, by selecting works, planning the layout, and writing gallery texts over the course of a semester. In partnership with curatorial staff and a class instructor or faculty sponsor, students select works, plan the layout, and write gallery texts for their exhibition. Students may also think of programming related to student organizations on campus as part of the development process.
Faculty- and student-curated exhibitions generally require advance planning of several months, so please contact us as early as possible. Curatorial staff will collaborate with you to develop an exhibition concept, choose appropriate works of art, and design and install the exhibition.
Those interested in submitting an application can contact Sean P. Burrus, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.. Curatorial staff will collaborate with you to develop an exhibition concept, choose appropriate works of art, and design and install the exhibition.
The next deadline for exhibitions proposals is Friday, May 22, 2020. We are accepting applications for two exhibition opening November-February 2020-2021, and February-March, 2021. Applicants will be notified in mid-April. Access the Exhibition Proposal Form here.
February 20-May 31, 2020
The Visitors features works of art by Andrea Dezsӧ, halley k harrisburg ’90 and Michael Rosenfeld Artist-in-Residence, and objects from the Museum. This exhibition of the artist’s work was organized in collaboration with Zac Wilson, Bowdoin class of 2020, and Jackie Brown, Marvin H. Green Jr. Assistant Professor of Art.
January 7-March 15, 2020, Markell Gallery
Pasado y Presente explored the forces of change and tradition that have shaped modern Mexico through the lens of twentieth century photographers. The exhibition was curated by the students in “War of the Latin American Worlds,” a fall 2019 course in Hispanic and Latin American Studies taught by Carolyn Wolfenzon Niego, associate professor of romance languages and literatures.
November 7, 2019-February 9, 2020
The exhibition featured outstanding portraits of and by leading African American artists from prior to slavery’s abolition in the United States to today. This exhibition was curated by Lauren Dove, class of 2021, curatorial and education assistant, with the assistance of Elizabeth Humphrey ’14, curatorial assistant and manager of student programs.
March 28-June 2, 2019
This exhibition explores two remarkable photographers and their different approaches to portraiture. The exhibition was curated by Ellery Harkness, class of 2021, student curatorial assistant.
March 1–May 12, 2019
By juxtaposing works of art and design by Bauhaus masters and their students this exhibition introduces the famous school as a highly successful learning environment. Curated with assistance from Danny Banks ’19, student curatorial assistant, Juliette Dankens ’18, and Alexander Dobbin ’18.
January 17–March 17, 2019
This exhibition examined innovations in Yoruba arts—at once traditional and modern—during a critical moment in Nigeria’s history, the transition to political independence. Fashioning Modernity was curated by students enrolled in“African Art and Visual Culture” during the 2018 fall term and Allison Martino, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies.
November 15, 2018-January 6, 2019, Becker Gallery
In a visual diary of iconic photographs, Ruetz captured the events and circumstances of 1968 and the ideas and socio-political changes associated with the ‘68 Movement in Germany and beyond. The installation was curated by students of the fall 2018 course “German Literature and Culture since 1945” and Jens Klenner, assistant professor of German.
October 11, 2018-April 7, 2019
This exhibition explores the artistic portrayal of women in the United States over the last three centuries. Curated by Eleanor Sapat ’20, student curatorial and education assistant.
July 26, 2018–January 20, 2019, Markell Gallery
This installation allowed viewers to experience the intimacy and poignancy of portrait medals spanning nearly five centuries and to consider the lessons they have to impart to contemporary audiences. Organized by Bowdoin students Amber Orosco ’19, Stephen Pastoriza ’19, and Benjamin Wu ’18.
March 29-June 3, 2018, Becker Gallery
Reading Room was a material and immaterial archive of texts, books, and writings in response to the question: “How can art act as a mechanism for social action?” The exhibition was organized by Bowdoin students Hailey Beaman ’18 and June Lei ’18.
January 19-March 22, 2018, Becker Gallery
Highlights of the gifts from Artine Artinian, Bowdoin Class of 1931, provided an introduction to the visual culture of France during the Belle Époque. This exhibition was curated by Daniel Rechtschaffen, Class of 2018, student curatorial assistant.
September 23, 2017–January 7, 2018, Becker Gallery
This exhibition included more than thirty of Dmitri Baltermants’s most famous photographs. Curated by Johna Cook ’19, student curatorial assistant.