Museum of Art

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.

Artwork at the Museum-Student Choice: Emma Hamilton

Emma Hamilton, class of 2017, chooses the “Joined Great Chair” as one of the most fascinating works in the decorative arts collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Japanese Print Show Collaboration

During the past semester, students from Alison J. Miller’s course, “Japanese Print Culture,” had the opportunity to curate an exhibition, “Sōsaku-hanga: Twentieth Century Japanese Creative Prints ” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Museum of Art Exhibition Examines Artists’ Fascination with the Temptation of Saint Anthony

Curator Joachim Homann says the legend of Saint Anthony, the fourth century hermit and visionary, provides “a platform for artists to come to terms with the possibilities of their art.”

Artwork at the Museum of Art: Student Choice – Blanche Froelich ’19

Blanche Froelich, Bowdoin class of 2019, explains why she is especially intrigued by the Assyrian relief depicting the “Winged Spirit or Apkallu Anointing the Emperor.”

"Battle of Gettysburg" (detail), oil on canvas, by Isaac White Fisher Eaton. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Unveiling “The Battle of Gettysburg”

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will unveil the painting “The Battle of Gettysburg” by Isaac White Fisher Eaton on December 7

June Lei, class of 2018

Art Beyond the Museum

In this piece, Bowdoin College Museum of Art intern June Lei , class of 2018, reflects on the powerful impact the arts can have not only within the Museum, but across campus.