Exhibitions

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Exhibitions

Art Purposes: Object Lessons for the Liberal Arts

Art Purposes: Object Lessons for the Liberal Arts

, Focus Gallery, Media Gallery, Center Gallery, Halford Gallery, Becker Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

Presenting exceptional works of art since 1970 from the collection, many on view for the first time, this exhibition highlights art’s purposes as tools for observation, inquiry, and learning in a Liberal Arts context.

Emerging Modernisms, American and European Art, 1900–1950

Emerging Modernisms, American and European Art, 1900–1950

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This overview of Bowdoin’s collection of artwork from the first half of the twentieth century addresses the development of new visual languages and new philosophical sensibilities as artists explore how to render the ineffable tangible.

Chinese Ceramics, Jades, and Paintings

Chinese Ceramics, Jades, and Paintings

, Markell Gallery

Rarely seen masterpieces from Bowdoin’s collection offer insights into the materials, technologies, and changing tastes that shaped Chinese art over the past five centuries.

Palace Reliefs from Kalhu (Nimrud)

Palace Reliefs from Kalhu (Nimrud)

, Assyrian Gallery

The Assyrian relief sculptures in this exhibition are some of the most extraordinary pieces in the Bowdoin collection. Carved at the behest of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II in the ninth century B.C.E., these stone panels once decorated the walls of the royal palace in the king’s new capital at ancient Kalhu, located along the upper reaches of the Tigris River, in present-day northern Iraq.