This exhibition of recent paintings by Portland-based artist Elise Ansel illustrates the "epistemological tension between aesthetics and ethics," according to exhibition curator Hanetha Vete-Congolo, associate professor of Romance Languages at Bowdoin College. Through her contemporary interpretations of iconic works of Western art, Ansel's paintings ignite questions about beauty and aesthetics, steeped in sensitivity to the politics of gender. This exhibition is organized in conjunction with Bowdoin’s interdisciplinary course cluster Studies in Beauty, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
January 28, 2015| 4:30 PM | Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
Elise Ansel and Hanetha Vete-Congolo Discussion: "Distant Mirrors: Reflections on Painting"
What do we see when we look at historic paintings? A painter and a scholar share how their encounters with paintings of the past reflect and inform their perspectives on the present. Artist Elise Ansel and Hanetha Vete-Congolo, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures, will discuss these questions. Moderated by Joachim Homann, curator, Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
January 28, 2016 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM | Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Museum of Art Winter Open House
Join us at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Winter Open House. Enjoy current and ongoing exhibitions, including Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors
February 11, 2016 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Artist Elise Ansel: Drawing Workshop at the Museum
Elise Ansel will lead a drawing workshop at the Museum in which participants sketch historic works of art, learning how to analyze and interpret artistic compositions in their own visual responses. No prior experience required. Materials will be provided. (Participation is free, but limited to 25. Contact 207-725-3276 for reservations.)