Museum of Art

Why You Should Not Miss Museum of Art’s ‘Why Draw?’ Exhibition (Boston Globe)

In a recent review of the Museum’s current exhibition “Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College,” the Boston Globe observes that the more than 150 works in the show reveal both the intimacy and immediacy of drawings and watercolors.

John Walker’s Botanical Creations Augment Museum’s ‘Why Draw?’ Show

Walker’s show, “A Painter Draws,” which opened May 18, depicts a bamboo plant he discovered in the botanical gardens of Sydney, Australia, in 2012. Walker describes the plant as having “humanness,” “character,” and movement. “It felt very much alive, and that I was talking to it with my brush and it was talking back to me,” he said.

North America’s First Public Drawing Collection Surveyed at Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Exhibition spans 500 years, including drawings by Peter Paul Rubens, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Michelle Stuart, and more to
examine the significance of the medium to Western artistic practice and study.

Focus on Natalie Frank

Natalie Frank is a New York-based artist. She created a series of drawings inspired by the Tales of the Brothers Grimm that were exhibited at The Drawing Center in 2015 and were included in a new edition of Tales published alongside the exhibition. Five of these drawings, which correspond with the story “The Maiden Without […]

Members’ Evening at the Museum

On May 9, the BCMA invites its members to a special presentation of select new acquisitions. Among the exciting recent additions is Terry Winter’s 1985 painting, Vessel, generously donated to Bowdoin by Agnes Gund H’12, in honor of John Studzinski ’78. One of the most important American artists of his generation, Terry Winters (born 1949) […]

Congratulations to Graduating Museum Student Assistants

As the academic year comes to a close, the BCMA celebrates and congratulates its five interns who will be graduating in May and beginning their professional careers: Julian Ehrlich, Eliza Graumlich, Laura Griffee, Emma Hamilton, and William Schweller. These five students have been integral members of the Museum staff this year, significantly contributing to the […]

Revealing a more complicated/richer/diverse American Story: Fifteen Drawings gifted by halley harrisburg ’90 and Michael Rosenfeld

Which stories are we able to tell with works in the Museum of Art collection? What are the “blind spots” in our recount of the history of art? These questions recently came up in conversations with halley harrisburg ’90 and her husband Michael Rosenfeld.

Will Schweller ’17 on “My Favorite Piece in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art”

Will Schweller, class of 2017, speaks about his favorite work in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, “Studies of Running Figures,” 1590-1650, by Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch, 1566-1651.

Collectors' Collaborative spring gathering in New York with artist Katharine Bradford.

Collectors’ Collaborative Gathers in New York City

Members of the Museum of Art’s Collectors’ Collaborative met in New York City in March. Now in its tenth year, this group of Bowdoin alumni gathers twice annually to attend exhibitions and other art-related events.

"Green Breaker," 1913, oil on panel by George Bellows, American, 1882-1925. Gift of Remak Ramsay. Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Museum Acquires Monhegan Seascape by George Bellows

The Museum announces the acquisition of George Bellow’s “Green Breaker,” an oil on panel that the artist created on Maine’s Monhegan Island in 1913

Sarah Freshnock, Class of 2017

Interview with Sarah Freshnock, ’17, Student Curator of Upcoming Museum Exhibition

Sarah Freshnock ’17 studies art history and visual arts at Bowdoin. Working with Professor Dana Byrd, Sarah curated Urban Impressions: New York City in Prints, 1900-1940, which will open on March 30, 2017 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Installation view of the exhibition "Modern Medieval..." at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

“Modern Medieval: Materiality and Spirituality in German Expressionist Prints” opens at the Museum

“Modern Medieval: Materiality and Spirituality in German Expressionist Prints” juxtaposes early twentieth-century German prints with late-medieval objects and will be on view through June 4, 2017 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Rare and Vivid 2,000-year-old Mummy Mask at Bowdoin Art Museum

Bowdoin College Museum of Art will display this mask, which was created for a mummy, in its new show, AEGYPTUS: Egypt in the Greco-Roman World. The Feb. 2-July 15 exhibition explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans.

Bowdoin Senior Follows 63-year-old Art History Trail to Hiroshima

Bowdoin’s Michael Amano ’17 had a Curatorial Fellowship from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to spend last summer in Japan tracking down and interviewing some of the people who had participated in a 1952-1953 art exchange between Japanese and US schoolchildren.

Student-Led Programs at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art this Semester

The Museum of Art is pleased to offer three new student-curated exhibitions and related programs this semester.

Film still from "Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman" (1978–79) by Dara Birnbaum. On view in February 2017 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Recent Acquisitions of Feminist Video Art on view in Museum of Art’s Media Gallery

The Museum of Art’s media gallery currently features a rotation of recent acquisitions that represent iconic artists working at the intersection of feminist video art and performance art.

Bronze medal depicting Laura Maria Caterina Bassi, 1732, by Antonio Lazari. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Celebrating Bowdoin’s Molinari Medals and Plaquettes

High quality reproductions of the Molinari medals and plaquettes will be added this spring to the Museum of Art website.

Five Professors Discuss Art Desecration by Religious Fanatics

The destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra by the Islamic State and the dynamiting of the giant Bamiyan buddhas by the Taliban shocked and horrified the world. Yet these acts of contemporary vandalism of artworks by today’s religious fantastic are only the latest episode in a millennia-long struggle to control images.

Historic Lincoln Inauguration Photograph Unveiled

“The slice of time captured here marks the moment when the final contest over slavery became truly inevitable—the point at which a great hypocrisy at the founding of the nation could be righted.”

Acquisition of Rare Photograph of Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art announces the acquisition of a rare vintage photograph of Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural.