Bowdoin College Museum of Art Announces Public Reopening July 1 with Four New Exhibitions

By Bowdoin News

After more than a year of pandemic-related closure, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art will reopen to the public on July 1, 2021, when it will present four new exhibitions.

“We are so excited to welcome audiences back to the Museum, and just in time for what we hope will be a refreshed summer of cultural activity in Maine,” said Museum of Art Codirector Frank Goodyear.


Re | Framing the Collection: New Considerations in European And American Art 1475–1875 explores the intertwined stories of Europeans and their American descendants with Indigenous and enslaved peoples whose lives have long been erased from historical narratives—including those of art history.

New Views of The Middle Ages: Highlights from The Wyvern Collection includes more than fifty works from one of the world’s premiere private collections, many of which have not been publicly presented before, covering the period from the sixth through the sixteenth centuries, with works from east Africa, west Asia, and Europe.

The Presence of The Past: Art from Central and West Africa brings together works from the Museum’s collection as well as the objects on long-term loan from the Wyvern Collection. Fundamentally, the exhibition looks to reconsider the contemporary understanding of African artistic representations and the place of Africa in a global cultural imagination.

Creeping Pavement: Depictions of an Urbanizing America traces the evolution of the American city as it grew into its own distinct environment and explores the many ways in which artists reacted to the rapid urbanization of American life.

More about the exhibitions here; a slideshow of images below.

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“Our reopening exhibitions highlight the depth and breadth of our collection, as well as the value of long-term loans that support both curatorial efforts to create engaging shows and the academic study that is at the heart of our campus mission," said Museum of Art Codirector Frank Goodyear.

“We are particularly excited that all three of our exhibitions challenge conventional viewpoints and assumptions about the impact of art and culture across different societies, wide geographies, and over several centuries,” added Museum of Art Codirector Anne Collins Goodyear.

“This fits with our belief that there is always more to learn and new interpretations through which we can learn more about both the art of the past and about ourselves.”