Be on the lookout for notable exhibitions and loans from the Museum beyond Maine this year. Two recent exhibitions, A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne and Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective, are currently on the road. The Richard Tuttle show, the first in-depth look at Tuttle’s printmaking process, will be on view at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art until May 7. Curator Joachim Homann recently visited Oklahoma to give a guest lecture about the exhibition and the Museum’s collaboration with Richard Tuttle. A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne explores Rockburne’s mathematically-inspired work from the 1970s to the present. The show, which was on view at Bowdoin last spring, will head to the University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum this September.
The Museum has also lent individual works from its permanent collection to institutions near and far. Pontormo’s Apollo and Daphne, 1513, a recognizable fixture of the Bowdoin Gallery, is on loan to the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the exhibition Maniera: Pontormo, Bronzino, and Medici Florence. This exhibition, which examines the tradition of Florentine Mannerism, will be on view until June 5.
Twenty of Barbara Cooney’s acrylic paintings from her celebrated children’s book Island Boy (which she called her “hymn to Maine”) traveled to the North Carolina Museum of Art in March for the exhibition Island Boy: Original Illustrations for Barbara Cooney’s Classic Children’s Book which will be on view until June 19, 2016.
And finally, Calm (Tierra del Fuego), 1922–1925, by Rockwell Kent recently traveled all the way to Brazil, joining works from over 100 collectors and museums, as part of a ground-breaking collaboration to celebrate landscape painting of the Americas in an exhibition titled Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. The exhibition began its tour in June 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada and then moved to the Crystal Bridges Museum of America Art in Arkansas. Picturing the Americas is currently on view at the Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo until the end of May and is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Thanks to exciting partnerships with museums all over the world, art lovers far from Brunswick can experience some of the best of what the Bowdoin College Museum of Art has to offer.
Abigail Mahoney, class of 2016