Past Exhibitions

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Past Exhibitions

Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting

Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting

, Halford Gallery, Focus Gallery, Center Gallery, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

This exhibition explores the question of Homer’s relationship with the medium of photography and its impact on his artistic practice.

Made In Maine

Made In Maine

, Zuckert Seminar Room

This exhibition features a selection of art works created in Maine during the first half of the twentieth century. Winslow Homer was an important influence for many artists who worked in Maine at this time, including George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent, Andrew Wyeth, and Marguerite Zorach, all of whom are represented in this presentation.

Richard Pousette-Dart: Painting/Light/Space

Richard Pousette-Dart: Painting/Light/Space

, Boyd Gallery, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

By 1960, Richard Pousette-Dart was widely recognized for his contributions to Abstract Expressionism. Between 1960 and the mid-1970s, however, the painter explored new artistic strategies and techniques. The resulting works, replete with sparkling colors and brilliant whites, reflect the energy that the artist experienced in his environment. Stressing the immaterial and performative qualities of art and the importance of the creative process itself, Pousette-Dart created a legacy of enduring significance for contemporary artists and viewers.

Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art

Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art

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

This exhibition explores the experiential, psychological, and metaphorical implications of the nonvisual in American art from the 1960s to today.

Where the Artist's Hand Meets the Author's Pen: Drawings from the Artine Artinian Collection

Where the Artist's Hand Meets the Author's Pen: Drawings from the Artine Artinian Collection

, 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.

Looking Anew: Art and Estrangement, 1900–2000

Looking Anew: Art and Estrangement, 1900–2000

, Boyd Gallery, 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.

Art from the Northern Plains

Art from the Northern Plains

, 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.

Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars

Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars

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

The exhibition explores the remarkably wide-ranging body of propaganda posters created as an artistic consequence of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Marking its centennial, this exhibition delves into a relatively short-lived era of unprecedented experimentation and utopian idealism that produced some of the most iconic images in the history of graphic design.

Dmitri Baltermants: Documenting and Staging a Soviet Reality

Dmitri Baltermants: Documenting and Staging a Soviet Reality

, Becker Gallery

Dmitri Baltermants (1912–1990) was one of the most important Soviet photojournalists at mid-century. His humanizing, often dramatic compositions of World War II and its aftermath affected viewers in the USSR and around the world. This exhibition includes more than thirty of Baltermants’s most famous photographs and complements the concurrent exhibition, "Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars."

Barkley Hendricks: “Let’s Make Some History”

Barkley Hendricks: “Let’s Make Some History”

, 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.

John Walker: A Painter Draws

John Walker: A Painter Draws

, 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.

Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College

Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College

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

Presenting historic and contemporary selections from one of the nation’s oldest collections of drawings, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, this highly engaging exhibition explores the significance and pleasures found in tracing movements of the hand on paper by asking the question “Why Draw?”

Urban Impressions: New York City in Prints, 1900–1940

Urban Impressions: New York City in Prints, 1900–1940

, Markell Gallery

For many American artists, New York City in the early twentieth century epitomized modern life. Through a variety of media, they captured an increasingly diverse populace, expanding skyline, and changed public mores.

AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World

AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World

, Walker Gallery

"AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World" explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans. It examines the special place Egypt occupied in the history of the ancient world and its long-lasting hold on the culture and imagination of its conquerors.

Sosaku-hanga: Twentieth-Century Japanese Creative Prints

Sosaku-hanga: Twentieth-Century Japanese Creative Prints

, Center Gallery

Sosaku-hanga—creative prints (創作版画)—emerged as an artistic form of expression in twentieth-century Japan. This installation was co-curated for "Art & Resolution, 1900 to Today" by students from Art History 3180: "Japanese Print Culture," Fall 2016.

The Temptation of Saint Anthony

The Temptation of Saint Anthony

, Markell Gallery

Saint Anthony (ca. 251–356), often regarded as the founder of Christian monasticism, was a hermit in the Egyptian desert who, according to his biographer Athanasius of Alexandria, was tormented by supernatural appearances. This exhibition presents renderings of Saint Anthony’s visions since the late medieval period.

Art & Resolution, 1900 to Today

Art & Resolution, 1900 to Today

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

The dual meaning of “resolution,” as both coming-into-view and as a means of overcoming conflict defines artistic responses to the historic transformations of the global twentieth century. Works selected for the exhibition visualize resolution and its conceptual underpinnings, and seek to act as agents of resolution through visual culture. Included is a section of Sosaku-hanga—creative prints, co-curated for "Art & Resolution, 1900 to Today" by students from Art History 3180: "Japanese Print Culture," Fall 2016.

Where Do I Go From Here? Snapshots of Twentieth-Century Life

Where Do I Go From Here? Snapshots of Twentieth-Century Life

, Becker Gallery

Featuring a selection of American vernacular photographs recently donated to the Museum, this exhibition explores how amateur photographers circumvented and at times unsettled assumptions about what a portrait might be.

Art and Artifacts of the Nineteenth Century

Art and Artifacts of the Nineteenth Century

, Boyd Gallery

This installation showcases a selection of American and European paintings with decorative arts from around the world to illustrate the century’s expanding reach and interests. They include Native American pottery, Malagan masks, Japanese metalwork and lacquer, carved Chinese jade, and fine European jewelry.

Robert Frank: Sideways

Robert Frank: Sideways

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

Robert Frank played a leading role in re-writing contemporary standards for photography. This exhibition brings together a selection of rarely seen photographs from 1947, the year the artist first moved to the United States, to 1961, when he presented his first major museum exhibition.

This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today

This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today

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

Featuring iconic American Artists such as Marsden Hartley, Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Rauschenberg, Yoko Ono, Roni Horn, Glenn Ligon, and others, this timely and groundbreaking exhibition includes more than 60 abstract, symbolic, and conceptual portraits across a wide range of media - reexamining over a century of portraiture and inspiring new ways to see ourselves and others.

Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography

Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography

, Zuckert Seminar Room

Focused on the lives of three women rendered in detailed paintings by Barbara Cooney, this exhibition explores how Cooney crafted rich biographies in text and image.

R. Luke DuBois – Now

R. Luke DuBois – Now

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery, Boyd Gallery

The exhibition presents a survey of the work of Luke DuBois, a New York based composer, computer programmer, filmmaker, and installation artist

Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors

Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors

, Markell Gallery

Recent paintings by Portland-based artist Elise Ansel illustrate the “epistemological tension between aesthetics and ethics.”

Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick

Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick

, Markell Gallery

This exhibition brings together a selection of oil paintings by Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828) from the Museum’s collection.

Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960

Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960

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

"Night Vision" examines the allure of the night for American artists who explored its visual effects, mystery, menace, and promise.

Peasants and Patricians: Art of the Nineteenth Century

Peasants and Patricians: Art of the Nineteenth Century

, Boyd Gallery

European and American art in the nineteenth century was full of startling contrasts: grand vistas of ancient ruins versus small landscapes celebrating the specificity of local haunts; portraits of noblemen and women alongside depictions of peasants, farmers, and rogues.

Mapping the Ancient Origins of Light

Mapping the Ancient Origins of Light

, Becker Gallery

Star photographs from the National Geographic Society-Palomar Sky Survey (1958) are shown alongside a series of recent drawings by Dorothea Rockburne inspired by her study of astronomy.

A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne

A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This selection of works since the 1970s includes one of Rockburne’s most recent drawings, "The Mathematical Edges of Maine," a response to her travel to the state this past summer.

Revealing Mediterranean Women

Revealing Mediterranean Women

, Becker Gallery

This exhibition explores and critiques European visions of Mediterranean women as powerful, monstrous, seductive, or exotic in art from Ancient Greece through Picasso.

Alison de Vere: Psyche and Eros

Alison de Vere: Psyche and Eros

, Rotunda

This animated film, closely based on Apeleius' moving story, provides a fascinating dialogue with the Baroque tapestries on view.

Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth

Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

The prints by the Dutch engraver, draftsman, and painter Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617) are dazzling for their technical refinement and provocative sensuality.

Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective

Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective

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

Offering new insight into his artistic practice, and organized in close collaboration with the artist, "Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective" is the first-ever comprehensive examination of the prints of Richard Tuttle.

Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography

Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography

, Focus Gallery, Center Gallery, Becker Gallery

The primary goal of the surrealist movement was to liberate the modern mind by demonstrating how deep psychological impulses could be explored, depicted, and fused with everyday reality.

Surrealism in Motion

Surrealism in Motion

, Media Gallery

A selection of short films by Surrealist filmmakers in conjunction with the exhibition "Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography."

Contemporary Masters

Contemporary Masters

, Boyd Gallery

Deconstructing pictorial conventions of the past, artists of the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first century reinvented the picture plane.

American Artists at Work, 1840-1950

American Artists at Work, 1840-1950

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This introduction to art of the modern period includes masterpieces by Thomas Cole, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and others.

Lovers and Saints: Art of the Italian Renaissance

Lovers and Saints: Art of the Italian Renaissance

, Markell Gallery

Focusing on the artistic innovations of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, this exhibition makes apparent why contemporaries could celebrate a rebirth or Renaissance of the art of classical antiquity

Sequencing Objects: Two Films

Sequencing Objects: Two Films

, Media Gallery

Two short films by contemporary artists present things that seem to have minds of their own.

Regarding the Forces of Nature: From Alma Thomas to Yayoi Kusama

Regarding the Forces of Nature: From Alma Thomas to Yayoi Kusama

, Center Gallery, Focus Gallery

Featuring works by contemporary women artists who conduct basic research of natural phenomena, often focusing on the material qualities of their medium and on the conditions of human perception.

Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists

Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery, Boyd Gallery

Breakthrough presents work by eight exemplary contemporary Chinese women artists: Cai Jin, Cao Fei, Chen Qiulin, Hung Liu, Lin Tianmiao, Peng Wei, Xing Danwen, and Yin Xiuzhen.

Prélude à la mer

Prélude à la mer

, Media Gallery

Thierry De Mey interprets the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, a musical composition by Claude Debussy based on Stéphane Mallarme’s poem of the same title.

Imago to Persona: Portraits from Antiquity

Imago to Persona: Portraits from Antiquity

, Walker Gallery

This exhibition explores the traditions, styles, and techniques that inform the portrayals of individuals in the ancient world.

Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Art

Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Art

, Boyd Gallery, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This installation brings together prominent loans from private lenders, such as paintings by Rackstraw Downes, Louis Eilshemius, and Yayoi Kusama, with works from Bowdoin’s permanent collection.

Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea

Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea

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

This is the first exhibition to present the seaside work of the Post-Impressionist painter Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924), whose sophisticated and sensitive renderings of beaches, coves, and bathers were often inspired by his visits to Maine. The exhibition brings together works with identifiable locations in Maine and elsewhere, with paintings whose "place" is not defined by geography but by their context in the grand traditions of western art.

Katherine Bradford ~~~AUGUST~~~

Katherine Bradford ~~~AUGUST~~~

, Other

Katherine Bradford's recent paintings can be read as hilarious and catastrophic, decorative and sublime. They are concerned with the ocean, populated by boats and bathers, as a metaphor for the vagaries of modern life.

Sense of Scale, Measure by Color: Art, Science, and Mathematics of Planet Earth

Sense of Scale, Measure by Color: Art, Science, and Mathematics of Planet Earth

, Focus Gallery

This exhibition celebrates visual splendors of the natural world, focusing on how earth scientists and mathematicians use color and scale to measure and interpret geological and oceanographic processes. As a pendant exhibition to Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture, this show generates compelling synergies between the perspectives of arts and sciences.

Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture

Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture

, Markell Gallery, Boyd Gallery, Walker Gallery, Shaw Ruddock Gallery, Bowdoin Gallery

The exhibition introduces to American audiences Danish artist Per Kirkeby (born 1938), one of Europe's most celebrated contemporary artists. The artist's roles as geologist, filmmaker, architect, writer, and poet are reflected in this survey of approximately 45 works. Kirkeby's paintings and sculptures are constantly in flux, maintaining a dialogue between art and science. Organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., this is Per Kirkeby's first American retrospective. After the Phillips Collection, Bowdoin is the only other venue hosting this important show.

Transformative Gestures: Paintings of the Renaissance

Transformative Gestures: Paintings of the Renaissance

, Becker Gallery

European paintings of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries tell stories of love, transgression, sacrifice, and redemption that are often based on biblical or mythological narratives, and on the legends of the Christian saints. While the paintings are silent, they speak to the viewer through their figures' expressive hand movements. It is within the power of those gestures to transform a man into a god, a sinner into a believer, a nymph into a bay laurel tree.

Simply Divine: Gods and Demigods in the Ancient Mediterranean

Simply Divine: Gods and Demigods in the Ancient Mediterranean

, Center Gallery

The exhibition explores the nature of divinity in the Ancient Mediterranean, the relationships between gods and the realms they control. The installation organizes around select realms (Eros and Love, Fertility and Nature) and explores the myths and iconography that connect these spheres of divinity.

Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife

Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife

, Zuckert Seminar Room

This student-organized exhibition highlights the influence of Michelangelo's art and the legend of his character in the years after his death. Reproductive prints by Renaissance artists, images of Michelangelo, and drawings that emulate his style comprise the show. Viewers are offered a pithy example of how Michelangelo made his mark on more than the Sistine Chapel. Organized by students in Associate Professor of Art History Susan Wegner's seminar, AH 324: "Art and Life of Michelangelo."

Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker

Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker

, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

This selection of masterly prints from Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt to David Hockney and Sol LeWitt is drawn from the collection of 1,500 prints given and bequeathed by Bowdoin alumnus David Becker. Becker, a former trustee of the College, was an internationally recognized print scholar whose expertise encompassed drawings, illustrated books, and writing manuals. Throughout his life, he collected with the intent to build a comprehensive teaching resource for his alma mater. This exhibition will introduce visitors to the techniques, themes, and stylistic developments of western printmaking since the Renaissance.

Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-century Japanese Prints

Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-century Japanese Prints

, Focus Gallery, Center Gallery

Organized on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, this exhibition explores themes of the supernatural and otherworldly encounters in Japanese woodblock prints of the nineteenth-century. The show includes forty prints and books, all drawn from the private collection of Cornell University faculty member Dan McKee.

"We Never See Anything Clearly:" John Ruskin and Landscape Painting

"We Never See Anything Clearly:" John Ruskin and Landscape Painting

, Becker Gallery

John Ruskin (1819-1900), a prominent English art critic of the Victorian era, discussed in his writings possibilities for the reconciliation of two adverse trends in British art of his time: the atmospheric effects that characterize art by J.M.W. Turner and his circle and the heightened detail cherished by the Pre-Raphaelites and their emulators. The exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection, features several of Ruskin's own drawings and those of English and American artists whose struggles with pictorial detail and effect echoed his own.

Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography

Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

The works in this exhibition collectively suggest Day's evolution as a social and artistic persona at the core of the fin-de-siecle culture in Boston. Fred Holland Day (1864-1933) was born, raised, and died in Norwood, Massachusetts. He attended the esteemed Boston school Chauncy Hall and maintained an apartment and workspace in that city during his years as a publisher of finely crafted books and as an artistic photographer.

In a New Light: American and European Masters

In a New Light: American and European Masters

, Bowdoin Gallery

This reinstallation of collection highlights spanned the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, and brought together Bowdoin's famous colonial and federal portraits with the European masters that American patricians cherished. Late Renaissance and Baroque works illustrated biblical, mythical and historical narratives, exemplifying the civic and moral virtues that great leaders of the Enlightenment age were expected to possess.

In Dialogue: Art from Bowdoin and Colgate Collections

In Dialogue: Art from Bowdoin and Colgate Collections

, Boyd Gallery

This installation combined loans from the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University with key modern artworks from Bowdoin, giving new insight to the permanent collection. Seen together with Bowdoin masterpieces by Winslow Homer, John Sloan, Marsden Hartley and René Magritte, the Colgate loans provided the opportunity to make meaningful connections between two significant college collections.

The Renaissance & The Revival of Classical Antiquity

The Renaissance & The Revival of Classical Antiquity

, Markell Gallery

The installation in the Markell Gallery explored the Renaissance and its relationship to ancient Greek and Roman culture.  Artists and craftsmen of the Renaissance drew inspiration directly from works of antiquity, often working alongside these objects in their studios. The Renaissance & the Revival of Classical Antiquity recreated a period in artistic history, pairing the finest examples of Bowdoin's Renaissance holdings alongside classical artifacts.

Simply Divine: Gods and Demigods in the Ancient Mediterranean

Simply Divine: Gods and Demigods in the Ancient Mediterranean

, Walker Gallery

This exhibition explores the nature of divinity in the Ancient Mediterranean, the relationships between gods and the realms they control. The installation organizes around select realms (Eros and Love, Fertility and Nature) and explores the myths and iconography that connect these spheres of divinity. On view are some of Bowdoin's finest examples of Ancient sculpture and pottery, not often seen.

William Wegman: Hello Nature

William Wegman: Hello Nature

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

This comprehensive exhibition showcasing over thirty years of work by artist William Wegman was on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in the summer of 2012. William Wegman: Hello Nature, on view from July 13 through October 21, 2012, featured over 100 works in a variety of media including photography, video, painting, and drawing—all of which were produced in or inspired by the state of Maine. Taken together, this body of work attested to Wegman's rigorous and sustained engagement with the natural world and placed the artist squarely within the American landscape tradition.

A River Lost & Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place

A River Lost & Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place

, Zuckert Seminar Room

This interactive installation will highlight the cross-disciplinary research of two faculty members at the College, one an environmental historian and the other a photographer. Until recently, the Androscoggin River was labeled as one of the ten most polluted rivers in the country. By constellating texts, photographs, and oral histories, Professors Matthew Klingle and Michael Kolster pose important questions about the shifting cultural and economic status of waterways such as this one.

Carrie Mae Weems: The Maddening Crowd

Carrie Mae Weems: The Maddening Crowd

, Other

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art congratulates Carrie Mae Weems to the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts and is proud to present her video The Maddening Crowd (2011). Carrie Mae Weems is an internationally known photographer and visual artist based in Syracuse, New York. A native of Portland, Oregon, she studied photography and design at San Francisco City College. She earned a B.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in 1981 and an M.F.A. at the University of California, San Diego in 1984. She attended the Folklore Graduate Program at the University of California, Berkeley from 1984 to 1987.

Lesley Vance

Lesley Vance

, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

This exhibition marks the first solo museum show of work by Los Angeles-based artist Lesley Vance (b. 1977). Known for pushing the limits of representation in her paintings and watercolors, Vance has enjoyed mounting success since her inclusion in the 2010 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. Deemed "as demanding as they are satisfying" by one prominent critic, Vance's recent oils on linen demonstrate her rigorous engagement with the history of still-life painting.

Telephones: by Christian Marclay

Telephones: by Christian Marclay

, Media Gallery

The exhibition introduces to American audiences Danish artist Per Kirkeby (b. 1938), one of Europe's most celebrated contemporary artists. The artist's roles as geologist, filmmaker, architect, writer, and poet are reflected in this survey of approximately 45 works. Kirkeby's paintings and sculptures are constantly in flux, maintaining a dialogue between art and science. Organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., this is Per Kirkeby's first American retrospective. After the Phillips Collection, Bowdoin is the only other venue hosting this important show.

Motion and Emotion: Contemporary Art from Gerhard Richter to Chakaia Booker

Motion and Emotion: Contemporary Art from Gerhard Richter to Chakaia Booker

, Boyd Gallery

This stellar selection of works by ten of the most discussed contemporary artists explores the subtle relations between the suggestion of physical movement in a work of art and the experience of the viewer of being moved by it. Artists include Chakaia Booker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Close, Mitch Epstein, Christine Hiebert, Rob Pruitt, Gerhard Richter, Alyson Shotz, and Leo Villareal.

Building a College Collection: Select Recent Acquisitions

Building a College Collection: Select Recent Acquisitions

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

Building on the foundational gifts of the Bowdoin family and other generous donors, the Museum collection has grown to encompass over 20,000 objects. This exhibition highlights some of the recent gifts and purchases expanding the Museum's encyclopedic holdings. This installation will feature select sculpture, paintings, photographs, works on paper, and decorative arts.Among those artists represented are Ansel Adams, Eva Hesse, Ando Hiroshige, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Puryear and Man Ray.

Intimations of Independence: The First 100 Years of American Portraiture

Intimations of Independence: The First 100 Years of American Portraiture

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This installation focuses on some of the most outstanding paintings from Bowdoin College's collection of colonial and federal portraits, ranked by scholars among the finest in the United States. In 1805-1807, Gilbert Stuart painted president Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, then secretary of State, for James Bowdoin III. In 1813, the likenesses came as bequest to the College that Bowdoin had endowed in his father's name. As much as they are indebted to the European tradition, the portraits stand at the beginning of an American art that searched for cultural expressions fitting for an independent and democratic nation.

Insight Out - Exploring Gifts of Art from Private Collectors

Insight Out - Exploring Gifts of Art from Private Collectors

, Becker Gallery, Focus Gallery

This exhibition celebrates the contributions of private art collectors to Bowdoin since the bequest of James Bowdoin III in 1811. Their many gifts — a few of which have been selected — extend the legacy of James Bowdoin III, expand visual and cultural horizons, and enrich the liberal arts curriculum. Artists featured include James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, and Kathe Kollwitz. The show is curated by students in Art History 261: Private Treasures; Public Gifts.

Marvin Bileck and Emily Nelligan: On Great Cranberry Island

Marvin Bileck and Emily Nelligan: On Great Cranberry Island

, Becker Gallery

The exhibition of charcoal drawings by Emily Nelligan and etchings by her late husband Marvin Bileck celebrated the natural beauty of Great Cranberry Island, where the couple summered for more than 50 years.

Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan

Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan

, Boyd Gallery

Bowdoin College Museum of Art offers visitors a rare glimpse into the artistry, rituals, and beliefs of Bronze Age China. The exhibition features approximately sixty magnificent bronze vessels and monumental bells that were cast in southern China in the period between 1300 B.C.E. and 221 B.C.E.

Edward Hopper's Maine

Edward Hopper's Maine

, Halford Gallery, Center Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

This is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to Edward Hopper's artistic production in Maine between 1914 and 1929. While there has been no shortage of exhibitions devoted to Hopper, very little attention has been paid to the fruitful summers he spent here.

Recent Acquisitions: A Selection

Recent Acquisitions: A Selection

, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery, Halford Gallery

This exhibition brings together a small selection of works recently acquired by the Museum.

James Joyce and/on Film

James Joyce and/on Film

, Media Gallery

This selection of Joyce-related films is organized in conjunction with the campus-wide “Ulysses Project.”

Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum

, Halford Gallery, Center Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

Alabaster production during the Middle Ages centered on the making and selling of finely decorated, gilded and colored sculpture to churches, nobles, and owners of private chapels. More common examples, however, were intended to brighten the homes and spiritual lives of people of modest means and are now treasured as the folk art of the ordinary medieval English man and woman.

Displaying Devotion

Displaying Devotion

, Becker Gallery, Focus Gallery

This past semester, the students in Art History seminar “Displaying Devotion” considered issues raised by the medieval alabasters in Object of Devotion.The objects chosen reveal that devotion is a fluid concept that can encompass a variety of human experiences.

The Bible Illuminated: R.Crumb's Book of Genesis

The Bible Illuminated: R.Crumb's Book of Genesis

, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents seminal comic artist R. Crumb’s adaptation of the first book of the Old Testament, the Book of Genesis. The exhibition features 207 individual, black and white drawings incorporating every word from all fifty chapters.

Modernism at Bowdoin: American Paintings, 1900-1940

Modernism at Bowdoin: American Paintings, 1900-1940

, Boyd Gallery

In the first four decades of the twentieth century, the quest for modern art inspired innovative artistic work, stirred up critical debates, and mobilized audiences previously indifferent to art. The paintings selected for this exhibition convey a sense of the quickly changing aspirations of American artists—and some of their European counterparts— as they engaged with and were polarized by the advent of Modernity.

Beholding and Being Awake to Mindfulness

Beholding and Being Awake to Mindfulness

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

Beholding and Being Awake to Mindfulness is the outcome of a semester-long study and practice of mindfulness by students in “Mindful Learning,” a senior-level education course.

Moving the Image: Women and the Camera

Moving the Image: Women and the Camera

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

This installation is organized to accompany Comediennes, Historians, Storytellers, a first-year seminar on women filmmakers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. As directors experiment with a variety of film genres they create images of women that work in dialogue with “the ideal woman” propagated in popular culture.

Sit Down! Chairs from Six Centuries

Sit Down! Chairs from Six Centuries

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

Sit Down! will celebrate the Museum's distinguished collection of American and European furniture, focusing on chairs dating from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

Raymond Pettibon's "Repeater Pencil"

Raymond Pettibon's "Repeater Pencil"

, Media Gallery

Drawings and collages, often executed in brush and ink or watercolor, constitute Los Angeles-based artist Raymond Pettibon’s (b. 1957) primary medium, but he has also produced videos intermittently since the 1980s. This animated video combines Pettibon’s drawings with a chorus of voices delivering audio narration, often to jarring and dissonant effect.

The Art of the Deal

The Art of the Deal

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

Organized in conjunction with an economics seminar, this installation considers historical issues in the commercial art market ranging from the privileging of certain media and techniques to questions of authentication and intellectual property.

William Wegman: Made in Maine

William Wegman: Made in Maine

, Media Gallery

A painter, photographer, and video artist, William Wegman is not afraid to be funny; he does not see humor as undermining his arch conceptualism.

American and European Paintings and Sculpture - Selections

American and European Paintings and Sculpture - Selections

, Boyd Gallery

This installation features work from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries, including pieces by Marsden Hartley, Wassily Kandinsky, Joseph Stella, and Alexander Calder. Among those objects displayed are modern masterworks on long-term loan from the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut.

Henry Moore - The Drawings: Works on Paper from the Henry Moore Family Collection

Henry Moore - The Drawings: Works on Paper from the Henry Moore Family Collection

, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery, Halford Gallery

For British sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) drawing was both ancillary to his three-dimensional body of work and autonomous from it.  This significant exhibition, organized by Hauser & Wirth in collaboration with the Moore family, highlights Moore's prodigious talent as a draftsman, featuring work produced over six decades.

Maine as Muse

Maine as Muse

, Focus Gallery

A selection of works by some of the many artists for whom the state of Maine has been a wellspring of inspiration.

Scratching the Surface: Master Prints from the Charles Pendexter Gift

Scratching the Surface: Master Prints from the Charles Pendexter Gift

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

This exhibition features highlights of an incredible gift of prints, recently given to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art from long-time friend and generous donor Charles Pendexter, current resident of Brunswick, Maine.

Contemporary Masters

Contemporary Masters

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

This installation features post-war works by such internationally renowned artists as Gerhard Richter, Michael Mazur, and Alex Katz.

Colonial Portraits

Colonial Portraits

, Zuckert Seminar Room

A selection of colonial and federal paintings from the Museum's rich American collection is on view in the Zuckert Summer Gallery.

Banned in France: Recovering the Enlightenment Foundations of the James Bowdoin III Collection

Banned in France: Recovering the Enlightenment Foundations of the James Bowdoin III Collection

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

This exhibition, curated by students in conjunction with the community-based course, French 310: Censorship and Enlightenment, tells the stories behind the controversial French Enlightenment books in James Bowdoin III's collection. Bequeathed to Bowdoin in 1802, these books reflected a commitment to propagating the principles of French Enlightenment thought in a small college in New England.

Methods for Modernism

Methods for Modernism

, Halford Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

Also see the interactive website Methods for Modernism: Rediscover Past Exhibitions. Extending the lines of inquiry opened in Learning to Paint, this exhibition looks at American encounters with and participation within European modernism by way of alternative spaces of instruction and exhibition. Focusing on Americans’ relationships to indigenous traditions and criticism, Methods for Modernism explores the new technical and methodological stakes faced by these artists. This exhibition is made possible through the Yale University Art Gallery’s Collection-Sharing Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Manufactured Landscapes

Manufactured Landscapes

, Media Gallery

A 2006 documentary film about Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, Manufactured Landscapes draws its name from his series of images of quarries, mines, dams, and recycling wastelands.

Absent the Center: Work by Danny Jauregui

Absent the Center: Work by Danny Jauregui

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

In his artwork, Los Angeles-based artist and Skowhegan alumnus Danny Jauregui examines sites of monumentality, rupture, and obsolescence.  He merges geometric structures with gestural marks in explorations of the historical residues of architectural spaces.

The Renaissance & The Revival of Classical Antiquity

The Renaissance & The Revival of Classical Antiquity

, Markell Gallery

The recently reinstalled Northend gallery explores the Renaissance and its relationship to ancient Greek and Roman culture.  Artists and craftsmen of the Renaissance drew inspiration directly from works of antiquity, often working alongside these objects in their studios.

Learning to Paint: American Artists and European Art, 1876-1893

Learning to Paint: American Artists and European Art, 1876-1893

, Center Gallery, Focus Gallery

In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Europe became a training ground for American art students. Goaded by criticism of native art as technically inferior to foreign work, aspiring young men and women crossed the Atlantic to learn the "language" of painting.

In Focus: Photographs from the Permanent Collection

In Focus: Photographs from the Permanent Collection

, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery, Halford Gallery

This installation showcases twentieth-century photography from the permanent collection, including an array of recent acquisitions.

Basquiat/Warhol

Basquiat/Warhol

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

Working in New York City during the late 1970s and early 80s, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol were friends, collaborators, and rivals. This dramatic installation highlights a series of Polaroids by Warhol recently given to the museum, and a single monumental canvas by Basquiat.

Twentieth-Century Art: Highlights from the Collection

Twentieth-Century Art: Highlights from the Collection

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

Surveying affinities in European and American art through the 1970s, this exhibition features paintings, drawings, and sculpture from the museum's collection.

Bowdoin Gallery Reinstallation

Bowdoin Gallery Reinstallation

, Bowdoin Gallery

The reinstalled Bowdoin Gallery integrates paintings and decorative arts from the Baroque era through the 19th century. This exhibition examines the scope of artistic influences in an age of intercontinental exploration and trade. Included in the exhibition are 18th-century American portraits which conform to the "Grand Manner" of European painting, and some which reflect the fledgling democracy's transition to an indigenous style.

8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker

8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker

, Media Gallery

Since winning the MacArthur Foundation's "genius" fellowship in 1997, Kara Walker (b.1969) has garnered acclaim for her signature work with black cut-paper silhouettes. Subverting the twinning associations of shadows and silhouettes, Walker creates tableaus that stage alternative episodes from the African-American experience.

For all the Saints

For all the Saints

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

Curated by Susan E. Wegner, Associate Professor of Art History at Bowdoin College, in conjunction with her Renaissance art history course, the exhibition focuses on varying representations of saints.

Japan and the World

Japan and the World

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

Organized by Thomas D. Conlan, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, this exhibition explores some of the ways that Japan has imported and transformed motifs and objects from abroad.

Collages by Romare Bearden

Collages by Romare Bearden

, Focus Gallery

This intimate show of original collages by Romare Bearden will complement the sweeping exhibition From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden also on view.

From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden

From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden

, Halford Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery, Center Gallery

Focusing on the later period of his career, From Process to Print explores Romare Bearden’s graphic oeuvre from the 1960s though the early 1980s. This nationally traveling exhibition focuses on the artist’s innovative printmaking techniques and sheds new light on his sources of inspiration and process

Grounded: Two Centuries of American Landscapes

Grounded: Two Centuries of American Landscapes

, Boyd Gallery

The American landscape genre is rich in tradition and innovation. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, Grounded explores facets of this practice in light of the contention that “culture is never more in evidence than when nature is at hand.”

Prints/Drawings & Drawings/Prints, 1500-1800

Prints/Drawings & Drawings/Prints, 1500-1800

, Halford Gallery

Drawn from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art collection, and especially the foundational bequest of works from the family of James Bowdoin III, this exhibition features artists such as Domenico Beccafumi, Filippo Bellini, Giovanni Castiglione, Annibale Carracci, Hendrick Goltzius, Parmaganino, and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo.

ling-wen tsai: Selections from "water & wind"

ling-wen tsai: Selections from "water & wind"

, Media Gallery

Tsai has collaborated with composer Nathan Kolosko on water & wind, an ongoing series of videos. A selection of three of these-pebble rain, grass lake, and waterbugs–demonstrates the artist’s capacity to cultivate sensory presentness in her audience.

ling-wen tsai: liminal landscapes

ling-wen tsai: liminal landscapes

, Zuckert Seminar Room

With her Rooftop photographs, Portland-based artist Ling-Wen Tsai delivers the most recent installment in our summer Maine landscape series.

Drawn to Illustration

Drawn to Illustration

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

From illuminated manuscripts to Harper’s Weekly, this exhibition explores the relationship between images and texts.

Winslow Homer: At the Water's Edge

Winslow Homer: At the Water's Edge

, Focus Gallery

Bodies of water were a source of continuing inspiration to Winslow Homer, and this exhibition, drawn from the Museum’s extensive Homer holdings, focuses on these motifs.

Paintings for "Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney

Paintings for "Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

The Museum holds the original paintings for the illustrations in four of Barbara Cooney's books. This exhibition includes the original paintings for the beloved Miss Rumphius, part of Barbara Cooney's "Maine Trilogy." Miss Rumphius travels the globe before settling in her home by the sea and making her local world more beautiful

Stephen Hannock

Stephen Hannock

, Zuckert Seminar Room, Focus Gallery

This two-part exhibition celebrated the award of a Bowdoin College honorary degree to Stephen Hannock, Bowdoin College Class of 1974, and renowned neo-Luminist landscape artist.

Curating Across the Disciplines: Intersections Between Math and Art

Curating Across the Disciplines: Intersections Between Math and Art

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

This exhibition investigates the commingling of mathematics and art. One might argue that mathematics and art are fundamentally similar in that both are abstract systems for representing one human reality.

New York Cool

New York Cool

, Boyd Gallery, Halford Gallery

Surveying Lower Manhattan’s disparate art world in the 1950s and early 1960s, New York Cool features over 80 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints.

Face Forward: Portraits from the American Collection

Face Forward: Portraits from the American Collection

, Halford Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

If “the image is never identity,” as one art historian has noted, then what is it? Face Forward surveys the American collection for representations of individuals both traditional and unorthodox.

Third-Party Politics: Britain, France, and America in an Age of Revolution

Third-Party Politics: Britain, France, and America in an Age of Revolution

, Center Gallery

This exhibition illuminates the thorny political climate of the late eighteenth century in Europe and in the nascent United States. An array of cultural materials highlights the competing rhetorical and iconographic strategies deployed by radical republicans and conservative opponents during this period of revolution.

Songdelay

Songdelay

, Media Gallery

This 1973 work by Joan Jonas exemplifies how the gesturalism of post-war art extended to the spheres of film and performance. With its hybrid aesthetic of choreographed action and chance protocol, and its setting in Lower Manhattan, the film presents a nostalgic document of a downtown artistic community.

Curating Across the Disciplines: The Frontier

Curating Across the Disciplines: The Frontier

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

What accounts for the persistence of the “frontier myth” in American history? The images collected in this exhibition illustrate some of the contradictory ways that Americans have fashioned meaning out of the frontier idea from the seventeenth century to the present.

Ink Tales

Ink Tales

, Focus Gallery

Ink Tales is a collaborative, student-curated exhibition of Chinese paintings drawn from the collections of Bowdoin and Colby Colleges.

Rodin: The Knowledge of a Thousand Gestures

Rodin: The Knowledge of a Thousand Gestures

, Rotunda, Bowdoin Gallery

François-Auguste-René Rodin, the most famous and controversial sculptor of the nineteenth century, shared many of the aspirations that drove Michelangelo, but he also shared one of the Florentine’s failures. Just as Michelangelo never realized his most ambitious sculptural project—the huge and complex tomb of Pope Julius II—Rodin never saw the final casting of his magnum opus, The Gates of Hell.

Moby Dick by Guy Ben-Ner

Moby Dick by Guy Ben-Ner

, Media Gallery

Israeli-born artist Guy Ben-Ner compresses the action of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick in this silent eleven-minute film. Staged in his kitchen and starring his daughter, this filmic adaptation from 2001 offers a seemingly light-hearted and improvisational take on the tale at the same time that it cleaves to the sober themes of Ahab’s allegorical quest.

The Art of Instruction-The Site of Inspiration

The Art of Instruction-The Site of Inspiration

, Center Gallery

Drawing on the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition examines the artistic process—through practices both institutionalized and individuated—in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Hogarth's Women: Virtue and Vice in Eighteenth-Century England

Hogarth's Women: Virtue and Vice in Eighteenth-Century England

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

Drawing on a folio edition of prints by William Hogarth, this exhibition examines the moralizing dimensions of gender roles as they play out in the pictorial and literary spaces of the eighteenth century. Organized in conjunction with English 232: “Women and the Eighteenth-Century Novel.”

Competing Natures: Edward Burtynsky's Views of China

Competing Natures: Edward Burtynsky's Views of China

, Center Gallery

In an interdisciplinary exploration of the politics, economics, and social ramifications of human intervention in the natural world supported by the College's Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, a focused exhibition of images of industrialized China by acclaimed landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky will be shown at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Parterre: An Installation by Lauren Fensterstock

Parterre: An Installation by Lauren Fensterstock

, Halford Gallery

Parterre is a site-specific installation by Lauren Fensterstock, a young, conceptual artist trained in metals from Portland, Maine. The work has been created in response to works in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art that have been incorporated into the piece.

Fantastical Fables: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by Amy Cutler

Fantastical Fables: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by Amy Cutler

, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

Amy Cutler’s finely executed drawings and watercolors are grand in scale, imagery and potential for creative interpretation. The main characters in this New York artist’s narratives are always women, often in groups, where together they engage in specific but unusual (and sometimes, unidentifiable) tasks such as mending tigers, beating pigs out of rugs, or fastening birdhouses on each others' heads in order to go birding.

James Bowdoin III: Pursuing Style in the Age of Independence

James Bowdoin III: Pursuing Style in the Age of Independence

, Shaw Ruddock Gallery

James Bowdoin III: Pursuing Style in the Age of Independence pays homage to benefactor James Bowdoin III with an installation of compelling art and objects owned (and donated) by the Bowdoin family.

Passages

Passages

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

This exhibition examines the question of landscape by refracting it through the holdings of the Museum.Exploring culturally diverse, pan-historical, and perhaps unorthodox representations of landscape across media, Passages endeavors to pose more questions than answers about how we come to visualize our surroundings.

Errant Behaviors: A Projection and Sound Installation by Anne Wilson

Errant Behaviors: A Projection and Sound Installation by Anne Wilson

, Media Gallery

Chicago-based conceptual artist Anne Wilson’s digital video Errant Behaviors of 2004 uses fragments of black lace and crocheting, bits of unraveling thread, and map pins, and choreographs them in humorous, vulnerable, pitiable, and sometimes suggestive manners to composer Shawn Decker’s soundtrack.

Mixed Menu: Selected Acquisitions Since 2005

Mixed Menu: Selected Acquisitions Since 2005

, Halford Gallery

Lively juxtapositions abound among the many objects that have been added to the collections from the time that the Museum closed for renovation in the spring of 2005 through the reopening in October 2007. On view will be a diverse assortment of paintings, photographs, prints, and objects, ranging from a fifteenth-century Messenger Box to a twenty-first-century porcelain self-portrait sculpture of contemporary artist Kiki Smith as Alice in Wonderland.

Great Graphics: Drawings Since 1970

Great Graphics: Drawings Since 1970

, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

In earlier times, drawings were created primarily as studies for finished paintings or sculptures. More recently, however, drawings have come into their own as independent and inventive statements, often appreciated for their particular spontaneity of approach and touch.

Genesis and Its Interpreters

Genesis and Its Interpreters

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

Organized in conjunction with a history course and lecture series, this exhibition poses a comparative study of artistic interpretations of the early books of the Old Testament.

Landscape Photography: Politics and Poetics

Landscape Photography: Politics and Poetics

, Center Gallery

Focusing on themes of temporal change and industrialization in the modern landscape, this exhibition will include photographs by Frank Gohlke, Andrea Modica, and Mark Klett, among others.

Lewis deSoto's Paranirvana/Self-Portrait

Lewis deSoto's Paranirvana/Self-Portrait

, Rotunda

Lewis deSoto’s massive twenty-six-foot-long sculpture entitled Paranirvana/Self-Portrait provides a wry and relevant look at the meeting of technology, spirituality, and biography.

Michael Mazur: Fall Mountains for Kuo Shi (Guo Xi)

Michael Mazur: Fall Mountains for Kuo Shi (Guo Xi)

, Focus Gallery

Fall Mountains for Kuo Shi, a triptych painting by Michael Mazur, is an homage to the Chinese landscape painting tradition. In his past fifty years of activity, Mazur has explored the bounds of realism, expressionism, and most recently, abstraction.

American Spirit: Highlights from the Collection

American Spirit: Highlights from the Collection

, Boyd Gallery

Stellar examples of Bowdoin’s renowned collection of American art, ranging from Feke’s portraits of military and political leaders of the colonial and federal period through nineteenth-century investigations of the beauty and promise of the American landscape to twentieth-century urban scenes are included in this exhibition.

Maine Shorts: Early Silent Films from Northeast Historic Films

Maine Shorts: Early Silent Films from Northeast Historic Films

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

A series of four silent films from the Northeast Historic Film Archive in Bucksport, Maine, will be shown over the course of the summer. Each was filmed in Maine in the early twentieth century and captures the “way Maine was” through satire and fictional biography. These films show Maine from a slightly different perspective over the course of approximately 30 years.

Between the Lines: Trends in Early Modern Printmaking

Between the Lines: Trends in Early Modern Printmaking

, Zuckert Seminar Room

An exhibition curated by the students of Art History 216, “The Early Modern Printed Image.” In the period between 1400 and 1700, European artists developed and perfected a variety of printmaking techniques, ranging from woodcuts to engravings and etchings. Drawing upon the significant holdings of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, this exhibition presents an overview of themes that were crucial to the prints of that period.

You Can't See This: Photography at the Limits of Visibility

You Can't See This: Photography at the Limits of Visibility

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

The exhibition examines photography’s complex relationship to human vision. X-rays, solarizations, spirit photographs, veiled and hidden subjects...what can the camera reveal that the eye literally cannot see, and how can photographic tools be used to show us more than what might be depicted within the space of the photographic frame?

Moving Landcapes: Short Films by Larry Gottheim and JJ Murphy

Moving Landcapes: Short Films by Larry Gottheim and JJ Murphy

, Media Gallery

Moving Landscapes features two canonical short films: Fog Line (1970) by Larry Gottheim and Sky Blue Water Light Sign (1972) by JJ Murphy. These two works, which are firmly ensconced in the history of American independent film-making, are inspired equally by nineteenth-century American landscape painting and by early cinema. Intrinsic to these films of the 1970s is a critique of the commercialization of film itself, which is expressed principally in the formal assembly of both films. Most startlingly, both consist of a single uninterrupted shot.

Beauty and Duty: The Art and Business of Renaissance Marriage

Beauty and Duty: The Art and Business of Renaissance Marriage

, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery, Halford Gallery

The exhibition's paintings, sculptures, furniture, medals, prints, and books, from Bowdoin's collections and beyond, opened the window to the historic context of marriage in Renaissance Italy.

Glimpses into the Floating World: The History of Ukiyo-E

Glimpses into the Floating World: The History of Ukiyo-E

, Focus Gallery

Glimpses into the Floating World: The History of Ukiyo-E is based on the Museum's varied holdings of Japanese works on paper and focuses on the popular woodblock prints produced between the 17th and 19th centuries in urban Japan. Included are prints by Hiroshige, from his series One Hundred Views of Edo, which are mounted on a scroll that will be periodically readjusted to reveal new images, as well as prints by artists including Moronobu, Utamaro, Kunisada, Hokkusai, and Gekko.

Great Graphics II: Prints from 1970 to the Present

Great Graphics II: Prints from 1970 to the Present

, Center Gallery

Following the inaugural exhibition, Great Graphics: Prints and Drawings 1470-1970, guest curator David P. Becker showcases the Museum's collection of prints since 1970. During this period, American and European artists often worked on a very large scale, producing prints that rival paintings in scale and graphic power. The same era also saw the integration of photo-imagery in printmaking, together with the recent introduction of digital technology. The exhibit will include prints by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Murray, Alison Saar, Georg Baselitz, Chuck Close, and Lucien Freud, among others.

Lawn Boy Meets Valley Girl: Gender in the Suburbs

Lawn Boy Meets Valley Girl: Gender in the Suburbs

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

In the third course-related exhibition to inaugurate the faculty-curated Becker Gallery, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies Jennifer Scanlon will incorporate modern and contemporary prints and photographs in Lawn Boy Meets Valley Girl: Gender in the Suburbs to address issues of urbanization, suburbanization, and the changing gender and social roles prompted by the mass expansion and development that occurred in mid-20th-century America.

Becoming a (Woman) Artist

Becoming a (Woman) Artist

, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery

The nineteenth century witnessed a tremendous change in definitions of artistic identity and success. This exhibition investigates how women artists have adopted, challenged, and played with the conventions of artistic representation. Gallery talk November 25th ...