Unveiling New Acquisitions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune, French, 1741–1814. "Les Carreleurs (The Tilers)," pen and black ink, gray wash." Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune, French, 1741–1814. “Les Carreleurs (The Tilers),” pen and black ink, gray wash.” Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

On May 5 please join us for a special member’s evening at the Museum, where a group of new acquisitions will be shared for the first time. New works that will be unveiled include important historic European drawings by French artist Moreau Le Jeune and English artist Edward Lear. Several modern and contemporary works will also take center stage, including vintage photographs by the American photographers Weegee and Peter Hujar, a series of recent prints by English artist Chris Ofili, and a new video work by South African artist William Kentridge.

The program will culminate with the introduction of the Museum’s newest work of ancient art, a second century AD Egyptian Fayum mummy portrait that was acquired at auction last fall. Professor Jim Higginbotham will be on hand to speak about this rare and spectacular portrait. Refreshments will be served at the beginning of the program. We hope that you can join us in welcoming these new works to the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Peter Hujar, American, 1934-1987, "Christopher Street Pier #2 (Crossed Legs)," 1976, vintage gelatin silver print. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Peter Hujar, American, 1934-1987, “Christopher Street Pier #2 (Crossed Legs),” 1976, vintage gelatin silver print. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

William Kentridge, South African, born 1955, "Tango for Page Turning," 2012-2013, single channel HD video; 2 minutes, 48 seconds.

William Kentridge, South African, born 1955, “Tango for Page Turning,” 2012-2013, single channel HD video; 2 minutes, 48 seconds.

 

 

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