Dear Friends,


As spring begins to find its way to Mid-Coast Maine - longer days, warmer breezes, and less snow! - so too spring has arrived at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art!  Wonderful new exhibitions and installations: Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas; A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorthea Rockburne; Star Charts and Celestial Scenes from Bowdoin Collections; Peasants and Patricians: Landscapes and Portraits of the Nineteenth Century; and Contest! Challenge, Competition, and Combat are all taking root.

Come join us for the wonderful programming that will accompany them in April: Arielle Saiber provides her insights into science fiction and art of the Americas on April 8th; Elise Weaver gives new insight into astronomical photography on April 16th; on April 20th and 21st we will be treated to two opportunities to hear from Dorthea Rockburne. On April 20th, Bowdoin College features Rockburne as a celebrated Santagata lecturer and on April 21st, the Museum welcomes her to our galleries for an intimate conversation with mathematician Dave Peifer. The role of the Museum gets special attention on April 9th when Ford W. Bell, President of the American Alliance of Museums, joins us to share his views on the twenty-first century museum. We look forward to seeing you soon and often!


Anne Collins Goodyear & Frank Goodyear

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
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March 19 - June 7, 2015

Star photographs from the National Geographic Society-Palomar Sky Survey (1958) are shown alongside a series of recent drawings by Dorothea Rockburne inspired by her study of astronomy. This exhibition complements Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas and Dorothea Rockburne: A Gift of Knowing and is organized in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Bowdoin College. 

Opening April 2, 2015

European and American art in the nineteenth century was full of startling contrasts, as new subject matters competed with traditional genres. Portraits of the patrician class continued, as ever, to be popular, but new formats challenged previous conventions. This variety of tastes is represented in this installation of paintings, some seldom seen, from Bowdoin's collection.

Dr. Ford Bell Addresses the Twenty-First Century Museum 

Thursday, April 9, 4:30-6:00pm
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

As the world recently watched in horror at the aggressive destruction of ancient Assyrian monuments and artifacts; as audiences witnessed "die-ins" to address concern about violent encounters between young African-American men and the police, such as those held at here at Bowdoin College and in early March at Armory Show in New York; as readers mourned the deaths of Charlie Hebdo reporters over offense taken at editorial cartoons; the power of visual culture repeatedly reasserts itself as a vital part of our contemporary political discourse. In so contemplating the meaning of monuments and the vivid impact of the visual, an important opportunity presents itself to rethink the role of museums today. No longer does the model of an ecumenical temple to the past serve our interests. Instead, the contemporary museum offers the opportunity to welcome new audiences, to become a site of debate and engagement, to grapple with the images and the ideas and attitudes that shape contemporary culture.


On April 9th, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art has the welcome opportunity to host Ford W. Bell, President of the American Alliance of Museums, to address the question of the Twenty-First Century Museum. We welcome your responses, your questions, and your observations about the call to action museums must be poised to answer today and in the future.  more 

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At the end of a long grey winter, The Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne, is a great place to recharge. An abstract artist who bases her work on mathematical facts and geometric proportions, the deeply saturated and highly energetic colors of
Rockburne's paintings and drawings seem to send vibrations through the gallery. 

A student-led organization, the Student Museum Collaborative (SMC) unites students across campus who are interested in the arts and the museum world. Through its programming, SMC is building connections in order to generate interest in the arts within the Bowdoin community and beyond.

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Membership provides wonderful opportunities to be "part of the art" by offering exclusive access to a stimulating array of exhibitions, lectures, and events, and connects you to a community of students and faculty who are actively engaged in the life of the MuseumIt is the generous support of our members that  helps makes possible our distinctive exhibitions and the rich and varied programming that keeps the Museum a lively and active place in which to experience great art.


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Members' Tour: "Curators' Perspectives: Bowdoin's Historic Collection in New Installations"
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum of Art

Gallery Conversation: "Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas"
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Museum of Art


"The Twenty-First Century Museum: Challenges and Opportunities" 

4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Thursday Night Salon: "Snapshots of Dust and Time: Astronomy and Visual Art"
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum of Art

Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Museum of Art

Debra Diamond:
"Yoga: The Art of Transformation"
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
Dorothea Rockburne, Santagata Lecture: "Materializing Mathematical Concepts into Visual Art"
7:30 PM - 9:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Gallery Conversation: "Art, Mathematics, and the Legacy of Black Mountain College"
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Museum of Art

Artist's Lecture with
Saya Woolfalk
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Museum of Art

Discover more events on the BCMA calendar

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm  |  Thursday: 10:00am - 8:30pm  |  Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00pm

Closed on Mondays and national holidays. 


The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is open to the public FREE of charge, although donations are welcome. The Museum is wheelchair accessible through the Pavilion entrance.


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Banner image:
"Port of Le Havre," 1887, (detail), oil on canvas, by Eugène Louis Boudin. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.