Happy summer! The Museum of Art's major summer/fall exhibition This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today opened last week to great acclaim. There will be daily tours of this exhibition and others led by our outstanding corps of student interns at 2 pm throughout the summer. In addition, please mark your calendars for special tours with the exhibition's three co-curators. We are excited also about partnering this summer with the Bowdoin International Music Festival on two concerts to be held at the Museum and a special family day event with David and Phillip Ying, the Festival's artistic directors. The dates and times of these programs are listed below. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum.

Anne Collins Goodyear & Frank H. Goodyear


Bowdoin College Museum of Art


This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today

Closing October 23, 2016

Featuring sixty works by leading American artists from Marsden Hartley and Alfred Stieglitz, to Robert Rauschenberg and Yoko Ono, to Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Glenn Ligon, This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today represents the first exhibition to address the history and significance of non-mimetic portraits in American art. The show poses provocative questions about the very nature of likeness and personal identity.

Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography  
Closing  August 21, 2016

Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) 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 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. 

Bowdoin International Music Festival at the Museum

Talented young musicians from around the world come to Brunswick every summer to take part in the Bowdoin International Music Festival. This gathering provides these musicians with a unique opportunity to learn from world-class artists and hone their individual skills. Each year the Brunswick community eagerly awaits their concerts.

We are proud to partner with the Music Festival for the second year in a row, presenting a pair of concerts on June 30th and July 21st at the Museum.  
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Welcome to the 2016 Summer Education Assistants and Curatorial Fellows

The Museum is thrilled to welcome three Education Assistants, three Curatorial Fellows, and a Digitization Assistant this summer. They will be essential contributors to the Museum's educational outreach and its ongoing digitization efforts. Several will also be conducting research in preparation for student-curated exhibitions that will open next fall.
John Singleton Copley's Portrait of Elizabeth Bowdoin 
The Museum is currently exhibiting a rarely-seen pastel portrait by John Singleton Copley, arguably the greatest portrait painter of colonial America. For the Bowdoin community, this opportunity is even more special, since the portrait depicts Elizabeth Bowdoin, James Bowdoin's older sister. This portrait is installed alongside three other portraits of Elizabeth Bowdoin in the Museum's collection.



Become a Member of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

We hope you'll visit the Museum this summer! 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!  

July 2

Family Program with the Bowdoin International Music Festival

10:00 am

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July 7

Gallery Conversation with Co-Director Anne Goodyear

7:00 pm

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July 12

Gallery Conversation with Co-Curator Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo

12:00 pm

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July 19

Gallery Conversation with senior lecturer Frank Mauceri

12:00 pm

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July 21

Music at the Museum - Bowdoin International Music Festival

11:00 am

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Museum Hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  |  Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm  |  Sunday: 12:00 - 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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 Banner image: Emmett at Twelve Months #3, 1994, (detail), egg tempera on panel by Byron Kim.  The Artist / Image Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai.   

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