Bowdoin Japan Trip “An Unforgettable Learning Experience”

A group of seven students and three faculty recently returned from a twelve-day field trip to Japan, described by one student as an “unforgettable learning experience,” and by another as “a journey of a lifetime.”

Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Music Festival Opens With ‘Striking Program of Russian Music’ (Portland Press Herald)

The Ying Quartet

The Ying Quartet

The Bowdoin International Music Festival got underway this week with a concert on Monday 26 June, 2017, with a “striking program of Russian music” performed by the Ying Quartert, wrote Allan Kozinn in the Portland Press Herald.

Phillip and David Ying took over the running of the festival two years ago from its founder Lewis Kaplan, who had been at the helm for fifty years. The Yings, said Kozinn, are now “beginning to find directions that will help them put their own stamp on the festival.”

The festival runs until August 4th, during which time anyone walking across campus during the daytime will likely be able to hear the sounds of musicians practicing inside college dorm rooms.

Art History Professor’s New Bowdoin Show Doesn’t Flinch From Death (Art Daily)

The opening of Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s latest show, The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, was kicked off last week with a keynote address from Stephen Perkinson, the exhibition’s curator and Bowdoin’s Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History.

Ivory Mirror explores the visual culture around mortality in Renaissance Europe with its display of almost 70 memento mori, which are artworks meant to evoke life’s preciousness under the shadow of death. The mementos serve as a reminder to viewers to embrace life while they can while not lapsing into sin.

The show will be open through November 26, 2017. In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of public programs will be held at Bowdoin throughout the summer and fall — including film screenings, gallery talks and interdisciplinary programs with health care experts and scholars — that should provide perspectives on death and the choices we make in life.