Art History Department
The Bowdoin art museum’s “Ivory MIrror” show, examines how mortality played into Renaissance culture. This macabre genre, with its portrayal of decaying corpses, skulls and skeletons, is described by the reviewer as “oft-misunderstood.”
An interview with “The Ivory Mirror” guest curator, Stephen Perkinson, Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History
Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher examines how Victorian art reflected social reality, focusing on the work of William Powell Frith, a one-time celebrity of the art world who was pushed into obscurity by the rise of modernism.
“The most fun thing about what I do is that when projects are beginning, there’s a moment when there are so many questions to answer, and quite often you’re asked to do things that you don’t know how to do.”
The exhibition, which the students themselves have researched and curated, involved close collaboration with the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Colletions & Archives.
Students from Alison Miller’s Japanese Print Culture seminar took a day trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on Dec. 9 to see Japanese prints that are not available to wide public viewing.