Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Nancy Blum: "Prints, Drawings, and Public Art"

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February 10, 2015 4:15 PM  – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Nancy Blum is the Spring 2015 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project visiting artist. She received her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and has since been creating and exhibiting extensively in the worlds of printmaking, public art, and drawing.  Her work, which explores the pattern and architecture of nature, has been recognized through such fellowships as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Peter S. Reed Foundation, and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. 

She has been an artist in residence and guest lecturer at numerous institutions; her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions across the US, and in collections as far as Brussels and South Korea.

This event is sponsored by The Marvin Bileck and Emily Nelligan Trust, is presented by the Bowdoin College Visual Arts Department, and is free and open to the public.

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Film and Discussion with David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg: 'From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction'

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February 26, 2015 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This award-winning documentary tells the incredible forgotten story of the passenger pigeon, its unlikely extinction, and its striking relevance to conservation challenges today. Almost 100 years ago on September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon in existence (named after Martha Washington) died in the Cincinnati Zoo. A superabundant species of billions that darkened the entire sky disappeared in a matter of decades. 

What happened to the passenger pigeon? You could say we happened. Discover how and why this bird went extinct, and how this anthropogenic extinction foreshadows more recent, rapid, ongoing destruction of species in the wake of the deforestation, rising ocean temperatures, acidification of bodies of water, and melting of polar ice shelves that are of vital concern to the current generation of students. 

Director and co-writer David Mrazek and co-producer and co-writer Joel Greenberg enter into discussions with biologists concerning the current unsustainable taking of sharks, acidification of oceans and bleaching of coral reefs, destruction of reptile habitat, and "de-extinction" of lost species through genetic manipulation. 

View the trailer and information on the filmmakers at passengerpigeon.org.

Sponsored by Bowdoin College Departments of Art History, Biology, Cinema Studies, Education, Environmental Studies, Bowdoin Outing Club, Visual Arts and The Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.


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David Bruce '13: "Cities at Sea" Artist Talk and Gallery Opening

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March 3, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 115 [Digital Media Lab]

David Bruce was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship during the 2012 through 2013 academic year. The exhibition Cities at Sea is the visual journal of drawings, paintings, and sketches that document his fellowship experience, during which he traveled to the Netherlands, Argentina, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Singapore to investigate what densely populated coastal cities are doing to adapt to the water-related threats of climate change. 

Cities at Sea will run from Monday, March 2 through Sunday, March 29, 2015 in the Edwards Center Main Gallery. There will be a reception and artist talk following opening day in the Edwards Digital Media Lab at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 3. 

This event is sponsored by the Departments of Visual Art and Environmental Studies and is free and open to the public.

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Reception: Nancy Blum, Visiting Artist in Residence

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March 5, 2015 4:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 116 [Gallery]

Artist in Residence Nancy Blum will present her work during a reception hosted by the Bowdoin College Department of Visual Art. 

Nancy Blum received her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and has since been creating and exhibiting extensively in the worlds of printmaking, public art, and drawing.  Her work, which explores the pattern and architecture of nature, has been recognized through such fellowships as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Peter S. Reed Foundation, and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. She has been an artist in residence and guest lecturer at numerous institutions; her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions across the US, and in collections as far as Brussels and South Korea.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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#carbonfeed - A Conversation about Technology, Art, and the Environment

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April 13, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

Talk and Reception to introduce and explain #CarbonFeed, a new media project by John Park and Jon Bellona, which will be installed at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library April 13th-May 13th. #CarbonFeed directly challenges the popular notion that virtuality is disconnected from reality. Through sonifying Twitter feeds and correlating individual tweets with data visualization in public spaces, the work reveals the environmental cost of online behavior and its supportive physical infrastructure.  

#CarbonFeed encourages all participants to take part in the installation by tweeting #carbonfeed and #bowdoin throughout the installation, April 13-May 13. Your tweet will trigger the installation while emitting 0.02g/C02e. Learn more about #CarbonFeed or listen to your own Twitter feed at http://carbonfeed.org.

Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts along with support from DCSI, Visual Arts, Music, Art History, Environmental Studies, Physics, and Government

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Russian Language Table

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April 16, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Come enjoy a meal and conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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Visual Art Senior Exhibition Opening

April 30, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

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Visual Art Department Open House

May 8, 2015 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

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