Museum of Art Featured Along Maine Art Museum Trail (Wall Street Journal)

Catalogue cover imageThe Maine Art Museum Trail has become a well-traveled route in Maine. Featuring eight museums with more than 75,000 works of art among them and stretching across 200 miles throughout the state, the trail’s second stop is the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Earlier this summer, Judith Dobrzynski explored the offerings of this artistic trail, and wrote about her adventures in the Wall Street Journal.

She was particularly struck by one of the museum’s masterpieces, Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of Thomas Jefferson (c. 1805-07), which is housed in the permanent collection. As for the well-received Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860–1960, Dobrzynski writes that it is both “ambitious” and “a brilliant idea…well done.”

Night Vision has attracted major media attention, with mentions in The New York Times and a previous review in The Wall Street Journal.

Shedding Some Dark: Museum of Art’s ‘Night Vision’ Shows Life In a New, Dimmer Light

“Artists always feel that they have to make us see something that we believe we know and show it to us in a different light, or in this case — in the darkness,” says Bowdoin College Museum of Art Curator Joachim Homann of Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860–1960, on view through October 18, 2015.

‘Night Vision’ at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Upcoming events associated with the exhibition include the Bowdoin International Music Festival’s Music at the Museum program, Thursday, July 23, 11 a.m.–12 p.m., and a gallery conversation with Associate Professor of Art History Emerita Linda Docherty, Tuesday, July 28, 12 p.m.–1 p.m. An essay by Docherty is included in the Night Vision catalogue.

Students at Forefront of New Academic Initiative at Bowdoin

Gabriella Papper ’18 (left) and Phoebe Bumsted ’17 (right) are two of the four students doing research with Prof. Hall

Gabriella Papper ’18 (left) and Phoebe Bumsted ’17

From doing computational readings of novels to mapping civil war battles, this summer Sabina Hartnett ’18, Phoebe Bumsted ’17, Hannah Rafkin ’17 and Gabriella Papper ’18 are weaving together computer coding, literature, government, history and sociology in new ways.

Under the guidance of Associate Professor of Digital Humanities Crystal Hall, they are developing the curriculum for this fall’s Introduction to Digital Humanities class, as well as engaging in their own research in Bowdoin’s newest interdisciplinary initiative.

Read more about their summer research, and about the Digital and Computational Studies initiative.

Kent Island Life: Student Muralists Create Low-tide Landscapes

tracy faber and isaac juggermanTwo Bowdoin students this summer are creating an intertidal zone in the Grand Manan Museum. They have been asked to start painting a huge mural that depicts the tidal zone’s marine life as well as the industries, such as clamming and dulsing, that rely on the tides. Emily Weyrauch ’17 checks in with the two artists mid-project for her latest installment of stories on Kent Island life. Read the story.