As winter gradually gives way to spring and our daylight hours stretch longer, so too a seasonal transition is underway at the Museum. In early March, be sure to enjoy the final week of Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa. This month also provides opportunities to hear from Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee, who will transport us to nineteenth-century Paris, and to take part in engaging conversations in the Museum's galleries with Bowdoin professors Lindsay Ceballos and Mike Kolster. Finally, we urge you to mark your calendar now for the opening program and reception on March 30th for R. Luke DuBois - Now, the Museum's first major new media art exhibition.
Hope to see you soon!
Anne Collins Goodyear & Frank H. Goodyear

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa

Closing March 6, 2016

Offering a panoramic view of the arts of Africa, the exhibition Earth Matters brings together approximately sixty exceptional works from the nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition focuses on the creative and visual ways in which individuals and communities negotiate relationships with their surrounding land and the world at large. The featured works span the period from the arrival of colonial interests to the present day, exploring how profound and changing concepts of healing, the sacred, identity, memory, history, and sustainability have been formed in relation to the land. 

Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors
Closing April 17, 2016

This exhibition of recent paintings by Portland-based artist Elise Ansel illustrates the "epistemological tension between aesthetics and ethics," according to exhibition curator Hanetha Vete-Congolo, associate professor of Romance Languages at Bowdoin College. Through her contemporary interpretations of iconic works of Western art, Ansel's paintings ignite questions about beauty and aesthetics, steeped in sensitivity to the politics of gender. This exhibition is organized in conjunction with Bowdoin's interdisciplinary course cluster Studies in Beauty, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Alumni Interview: Brian Ferriso '88
"Museums are an absolutely essential fabric of any city or campus," says Brian Ferriso '88, the Executive Director at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. Born in Brunswick to a naval family, Ferriso grew up in New Jersey and later developed a passion for painting and drawing at Bowdoin. Although an economics major, Ferriso credits studio art professor Mark Wethli for being an important mentor and influence during his undergraduate years. "That voice to pursue the arts had always been there," admits Mr. Ferriso, "and it wasn't until after Bowdoin that I realized I could make that voice a profession."  

Student Curated Exhibitions: Interview with Frannie Gurzenda '16
Frannie Gurzenda '16, a student education assistant at the Museum, recently worked with co-director Frank Goodyear on the exhibition Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson. Frannie and Frank sifted through the Ken Thompson photograph archive, conducting new research on Thompson and his photographs to reveal an individual who intimately participated in and visually translated the social and political history of the 1960s. 
museum news

Early European and American Silver at the Museum

The Museum is pleased to present silver from its permanent collection in
To Instruct and Delight: European and American Art, 1500-1800. This exhibition highlights a recent gift of early British and Irish silver from Walter Gans, Class of 1957. These seventeenth- and eighteenth-century tablewares and forms represent some of the earliest European silver pieces to enter the Museum's collection.
Museum Acquires Significant Collection of Brett Weston Photographs
The Museum is excited to announce the recent acquisition of ninety-nine vintage photographs by the celebrated American photographer Brett Weston (1911-1993). The prints were given to the Museum by Christian Keesee, who acquired in 1996 the most complete collection of Weston's work directly from the photographer's estate.

Become a Member of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

We hope you'll visit the Museum this spring! There are several exhibitions, featuring art from ancient times 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 free of charge. Membership offers special access to events and serves as a connection to a community of students and faculty, who are actively engaged at 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 scholar Lindsay Ceballos and Mellon postdoctoral fellow Ellen Tani
12:00 pm
Museum of Art

"Manet Slash Degas: Friendship, Rivalry, and Marriage in 19th-century Paris"
4:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium, VAC

Family Saturday
10:00am - 11:00am
Museum of Art
Gallery Conversation with photographer Mike Kolster and curatorial assistant Honor Wilkinson
Museum of Art

Music at the Museum with George Lopez
Museum of Art

"An Artist's View: R. Luke DuBois"
Kresge Auditorium, VAC
Spring Open House
5:30pm - 7:00pm  
Museum of Art

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

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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