Warm spring greetings!  As we welcome brightening days and anticipate the College's 211th Commencement, the Museum celebrates the opening of two new spring exhibitions: Renaissance Rivalries: Painting and its Sister Arts and Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography. Exciting programs this month include a behind-the-scenes opportunity on May 5 to see new acquisitions from antiquity to the present day. Also, be sure to join College Secretary John Cross on a campus tour related to President William DeWitt Hyde's "Offer of the College," and Associate Professor Susan Wegner and her students for a discussion about their exhibition, Beautiful Monstrosities, Elegant Distortions. Finally, come enjoy works on view by Dorothea Rockburne, as the College prepares to award her an honorary degree on May 28.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Anne Collins Goodyear & Frank H. Goodyear

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
R. Luke DuBois ---   Now

Closing September 4, 2016

The exhibition presents a survey of the work of R. Luke DuBois, a New York-based composer, computer programmer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Operating at the intersection of the visual, performative, and time-based arts, DuBois explores what it means to live in today's data-saturated world of globalized information. The exhibition includes video, sound, and print-based works ranging from the late 1990s through today. R. Luke DuBois ---     Now was organized by the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. 

Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography  
Opening May 19, 2016

Barbara Cooney is a beloved author and artist of more than 100 children's books. The Museum holds a major collection of her paintings and drawings. This exhibition brings together works related to three of her books: Miss Rumphius, Hattie and the Wild Waves, and Eleanor. It also celebrates the recent gift of original preparatory sketches and manuscripts for Eleanor. Focused on the lives of three women, this exhibition explores how Cooney crafted rich biographies in text and image. 

Senior Student Interns 
The Museum is appreciative of the five dedicated and talented student interns who worked with the staff throughout the academic year. All five interns will graduate this May, and we would like to congratulate them on their accomplishments and highlight their contributions to the Museum.
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Unveiling New Acquisitions 

On May 5, please join us for a special members' evening at the Museum, where a group of new acquisitions will be shared for the first time. New works that will be unveiled include important historic European drawings by French artist Moreau Le Jeune and English artist Edward Lear. Several modern and contemporary works will also take center stage, including vintage photographs by the American photographers Weegee and Peter Hujar, a series of recent prints by English artist Chris Ofili, and a new video work by South African artist William Kentridge. 
Thursday Night Salon: Beautiful Monstrosities, Elegant Distortions  
Mannerist artists "showcased their delight both in the momentous and in the unreal beauty that sprang from their imaginations," explains Associate Professor of Art History Susan Wegner in the introduction to
Beautiful Monstrosities, Elegant Distortions: The Artifice of Sixteenth-Century Mannerism. This new exhibition displays the evolution of Mannerism, from an early elegance and elongation of the human figure, to an accentuation of bodily proportions, occurring later in the movement.     

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!  
"Mapping William DeWitt Hyde's Offer of the College" with John Cross, Secretary of Development and College Relations
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Members' Evening at the Museum: New Acquisitions
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MAY 12
Thursday Night Salon: Beautiful Monstrosities, Elegant Distortions with art historian Susan Wegner
7:00 pm
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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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