Human-Animal Relationship Inspires Printmaker, Visiting Artist Diessner

Nancy Diessner

A chance encounter at a roadside store in Montana a few years ago led Nancy Diessner, Bowdoin’s Spring 2017 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist, into a warehouse full of taxidermied animals. She found the experience unsettling, but in that she also found inspiration. Read more in Bowdoin News.

A World Without Federal Arts Funding (Bloomberg)

Amid the prospect of major cuts in funding for the arts, specifically the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Earl Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, writes of a world without investment in culture, civic pride, and a sense of national identity. Read “In the Absence of Federal Arts Funding.”

Bowdoin Art Museum Not Just a ‘Jewel Box,’ but a Classroom (New York Times)

Michael Amano ’17 and Virginia Crow ’18 jointly curated “Perspectives from Postwar Hiroshima: Chuzo Tamotzu, Children’s Drawings, and the Art of Resolution”

Half of Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s exhibitions last year were curated with the help of students. Of those, a few were actually organized by students, under the guidance of mentors. The New York Times describes a current show at the museum, curated by Michael Amano ’17 and Virginia Crow ’18, that features post-WWII pictures made by Hiroshima children, as well as works by the man who instigated a US-Japan art exchange for young students.

The Times says that the growing role of undergraduate students in college museums “reflects the distance that university museums have come from the era when they were, as Bowdoin Art Museum co-curator Anne Goodyear put it, ‘jewel boxes.'” Instead, they are seen as classrooms and laboratories.

Anne Goodyear tells the Times, “[Museums] are the training ground for future generations. We are addressing the question of why humanities matter. The museum is part of the college, and it is important that it be engaged with the college. It is a partner in developing a liberal arts education and curriculum.”

A Closer Look at ‘Marsden Hartley’s Maine’ (New York Times)

One of Marsden Hartley’s works was included in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art 2016 exhibition, “This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today.” Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), “One Portrait of One Woman,” 1916, oil on composition board. Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, Minnesota, bequest of Hudson D. Walker from the Ione and Hudson.

A review of the Met Breuer exhibition Marsden Hartley’s Maine takes you at once into new and familiar territory, as the artist’s life and works are a tour of Maine. Read the New York Times review.