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Commencement: Dorothea Rockburne Honorand Lecture

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May 26, 20167:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

 Born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1932, she received classical training in art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, and at the Montreal Museum School. At Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina, she studied painting, music, dance, mathematics, theater, linguistics, philosophy, literature, writing, poetry, and photography. In 1970, Rockburne produced her "Set Theory" installations, inspired by the relationships between mathematics and the way a body moves through space. In the early 1990s, Rockburne began to study astronomy and frescoes, combining these interests to create a major fresco secco for SONY headquarters in New York City titled Northern Sky, Southern Sky. Her many awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts award, the Witowsky Prize for Painting, and participation at the 1980 Venice Biennale. She is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design, and the Century Association.

Open to the public. No tickets required. For those unable to attend, Ms. Rockburne's talk will be streamed live. Please visit Bowdoin College Live Events on the day of the event.

For more information and the full schedule of Commencement weekend events, please visit bowdoin.edu/commencement or contact the Events Office at events@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3433.

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Commencement: Frank Shorter Honorand Lecture

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May 27, 20162:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Frank Shorter is an American long-distance runner whose gold-medal win in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics is credited with igniting the running boom in the United States of the 1970s. Born in Munich, Germany, Shorter grew up in Middletown, New York. After graduating from the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, Shorter earned his BA from Yale University and his JD from the university of Florida College of Law. An extraordinary distance runner, Shorter won the US national cross-country championships four times, the 10,000-meter and marathon at the Pan American Games, and the Fukuoka marathon four times. He joined the members of the US Olympic Track and Field team at Bowdoin in July of 1972 to train at the all-weather track that had been installed at Whittier Field a year earlier. He was the US Olympic Trials Champion in the 10,000-meter run and the marathon in both 1972 and 1976, and he won gold in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich and silver in Montreal in 1976. Through his role as the first head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, Shorter remains one of the most influential figures in running today.

Open to the public. No tickets required. For those unable to attend, Mr. Shorter's talk will be streamed live. Please visit Bowdoin College Live Events on the day of the event.

For more information and the full schedule of Commencement weekend events, please visit bowdoin.edu/commencement or contact the Events Office at events@bowdoin.edu or  207-725-3433.

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Baccalaureate: Darren Walker Keynote Address

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May 27, 20164:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Watson Arena

The Baccalaureate Ceremony, held in Watson Arena, marks the official close of the academic year and the coming together of graduates and their families. It includes remarks by President Clayton Rose, speeches by two graduating seniors, and a keynote address by honorary degree recipient Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation.

No tickets are required. Ample parking is available at the arena. For family and friends unable to attend, the Baccalaureate ceremony will be streamed live. Please visit Bowdoin College Live Events on the day of the event.

For more information, the mobile site, and full schedule of events, please visit bowdoin.edu/commencement or contact the Events Office at events@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3433.


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Bowdoin College 211th Commencement Ceremony

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May 28, 201610:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Steps

The 211th Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016, on the terrace of the Walker Art Building, Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Seniors meet at Baxter House to check in and form parade at 8:20 a.m. Alumni meet in front of the Visual Arts Center to form parade at 9:05 a.m. All marching faculty and staff report to Hubbard Hall by 9:05 a.m. for line up.

For family and friends unable to attend, the Commencement ceremony will be streamed live.  Please visit Bowdoin College Live Events on the day of the event.

For more information, the mobile site, and full schedule of events, please visit bowdoin.edu/commencement or contact the Events Office at events@bowdoin.edu or  207-725-3433.

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Byron Kim - Keynote Program: 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today'

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June 25, 20164:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Artist Byron Kim delivers the keynote address to open the major summer exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, This is a Portrait If I Say So:  Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today.  Kim's work is included in the exhibition.  His remarks will be followed by a discussion with the exhibition cocurators, Anne Collins Goodyear, Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, and Jonathan Frederick Walz.

The exhibition features pioneering works of art by leading American artists from Marsden Hartley and Alfred Stieglitz, to Robert Rauschenberg and Yoko Ono, to Roni Horn and Glenn Ligon and reimagines portraiture and the very way we see ourselves and others.

A reception and family activities will follow to open the exhibition.

Open to the public free of charge.

Photo:  "Emmett at Twelve Months, #3," egg tempera on panel, by Byron Kim.  Collection of the Artist.  © The Artist/Image Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai.

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

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June 25, 20165:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Steps

Reception and Family Activities to celebrate the exhibition This is a Portrait If I Say So. Featuring works of art by leading American artists from Marsden Hartley and Alfred Stieglitz, to Robert Rauschenberg and Yoko Ono, to Roni Horne and Glenn Ligon, this timely and groundbreaking exhibition reimagines portraiture and the very way we see ourselves and others.

Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Marsden Hartley, 1877-1943), "Portrait," ca,. 1914-1915, oil on canvas. Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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July 2, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

David Ying and Phillip Ying, artistic directors for the  Bowdoin International Music Festival, lead a family program about music and the fine arts.

Open to the public free of charge.

illustration:  Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), assembled by Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, Boîte—Series D, 1961, mixed media, Private collection.

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