As high summer kicks into full swing here in mid-coast Maine, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art offers numerous opportunities to spend time with friends and family and to reflect upon Maine's many contributions to the visual arts. In August, enjoy the final month of Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography, featuring original illustrations by this beloved Maine children's author. Please take advantage too of R. Luke DuBois-Now, which wraps up in early September! This month's interview with Hasan Elahi features the voice of one of the many outstanding contributors to This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art: 1912 to Today. Like many other artists in the show, Elahi spent time in Maine at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where he was a member of the faculty in 2009. And the show opens with works by the historic Maine artist Marsden Hartley and closes with pieces, which pay tribute to Hartley, by the contemporary Maine-based artist Robert Indiana. We look forward to seeing you soon, whether at one of our many upcoming events or in the galleries!

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. 

Interview with Artist Hasan Elahi 
Hailey Beaman '18 recently interviewed artist Hasan Elahi about how he conceives of identity-and privacy-in the technologically pervasive twenty-first century. Now Associate Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, where he has taught since 2010, Elahi was an Alpert/MacDowell Fellow in 2010 and in 2009 served as Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. 
museum news

Hiroshima Art Exchange

Virginia "Ginny" Crow '18 and Michael Amano '17, two recipients of Bowdoin College Museum of Art Curatorial Fellowships, are collaborating with the Museum and the Asian Studies department this summer to research a post-World War II exchange of children's drawings between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Hiroshima, Japan in 1953.

Summer Programs in August at the Museum
Summer is in full swing here in Maine. When you are not at the beach or in the mountains, please join us at the Museum, where a series of terrific exhibitions is now on view. And be sure to attend some of the public programs that are on tap in August.


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!  

August 4

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

4:30 pm



August 12

Night at the Museum

5:00 pm - 8:00pm

Museum of Art


August 16

Gallery Conversation with Co-Curator Jonathan Frederick Walz

12:00 pm

Museum of Art



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: Installation view of This Is a Portrait If I Say So:  Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today.
Photo by Dennis and Diana Griggs.

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