Dear Friends,
As the fall chill begins to fill the air, we look forward to seeing you at the Museum for illuminating conversations about Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960, and for the opportunity to learn more about the very origins of our holdings and the important accomplishments of the College's founder and the original benefactor of the Museum: James Bowdoin III. This month we will also open the Museum's first exhibition dedicated to the arts of Africa. We are proud to host Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, which comes to us from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Please join us to celebrate this special exhibition and to meet Curator Karen Milbourne at our Fall Open House on October 22nd!
Until soon!


Anne Collins Goodyear & Frank Goodyear

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Opening October 15, 2015
Looking through the lens of Africa, Earth Matters focuses on the creative and visual ways in which individuals and communities negotiate complex relationships with the land beneath their feet and the earth at large. Dating from approximately 1800 to the present day, the artworks in this exhibition document changing relationships to the land from the time that the international slave trade was made illegal, voluntary international travel became increasingly possible, colonization began, and the mining practices that fueled the Industrial Revolution intensified. The reverberations from these changes can still be felt and seen today.
Closing October 18, 2015

The first major museum survey dedicated to scenes of the night in American art from 1860 to 1960. Night Vision brings together 90 works in a range of media, including paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs created by such leading artists as Ansel Adams, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Georgia O'Keeffe, Albert Ryder, John Sloan, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andrew Wyeth, among others.  

Why Earth Matters at Bowdoin  
On October 15th the Bowdoin College Museum of Art will open Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa. Featuring the work of such leading artists as William Kentridge, George Osodi, Sammy Baloji, and Helga Kohl, the exhibition represents the vision of organizer Karen Milbourne, Curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. "Looking through the lens of Africa, we get real insight into the human connection to the land below our feet," Milbourne observes.

Collectors Collaborative Acquires Engraving by Mel Bochner

The Collectors Collaborative is a group of Bowdoin graduates, parents, and friends who support the Museum by identifying and purchasing a work of contemporary art each year.  With funds from fifty-eight gifts, the Collaborative has finalized its 2015 acquisition. It has purchased and given to the Museum Mel Bochner's 1997 wood engraving titled 12 x 3 inches
museum news

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is excited to welcome seven Student Assistants to our staff this academic year. With each Student Assistant bringing experience, interest, and new perspectives to the Museum of Art, it is sure to be a year of development and growth as we continue to engage with Bowdoin and the larger Brunswick community. 
Acquisitions of British Art

Four new acquisitions of British art of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century speak to racial discrimination, as well as the rise and success of efforts to outlaw the slave trade, which was abandoned in Great Britain in 1807. The acquisitions include two prints and two medals.

Become a Member of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

We hope you'll visit the Museum this fall! There are several exhibitions, featuring art from the antiquities to the present, on view for your enjoyment. For more information, please check our home page or contact Caroline Baljon, Membership and Programs Coordinator, at (207)-725-3276.
The support of our members helps us to realize future exhibitions, public programs, and educational offerings, which are always open to students and the general public. Membership offers special access to events and serves as a connection to a community of students and faculty, who are actively engaged in the Museum. If you are not already a member, we hope that you will show your support for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art by joining today!  
Gallery Conversation with Author Jane Brox
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Museum of Art

James Bowdoin III and the Pioneering of Art Collecting in the Early American Republic
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Members' Preview Evening: Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa 
5:00 pm- 6:30 pm
Museum of Art

Lecture by Karen Milbourne, curator of Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Fall Open House
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of Art

Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Museum of Art
Gallery Conversation with Scott MacEachern: Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
12:00 PM - 1:00 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: De Money series no. 1, (detail), Fuji crystal archival print by George Osodi, born Nigeria. National Museum of African Art.

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