Museum of Art Launches Its First Digital Catalogue

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The landing page of the online catalogue, “Art Treasures, Gracefully Drawn.”

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has launched its first online scholarly catalogue Art Treasures, Gracefully Drawn: James Bowdoin III and America’s Earliest Drawing Collection. 

This scholarly resource, the first of its kind created by an academic art museum, examines 141 Old Master Drawings bequeathed by James Bowdoin III. Read more and view the online catalogue.

Bowdoin Library Offers Feast of Old Cookery Books in New Exhibit (Portland Press Herald)

19thcenturycookerybooks25082015_08252015-11Writer Meredith Goad for the Portland Press Herald finds much to be excited about in Bowdoin’s new collection of antique cookery books that were printed between 1772 and the 1960s. The 700 books in the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery, donated to the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives in the fall, offer up not just “odd recipes,” Goad writes, but also history, quirky words and phrases, and even helpful tips still applicable today.

The collection will be featured in an exhibit that opens next week at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. On  Jan. 27, antiquarian bookseller Don Lindgren will give a talk at 4:30 p.m. on “The Anatomy of the Cookbook” in Kresge Auditorium. A reception will follow featuring hors d’oeuvres from recipes in the Kramer Collection. The exhibit will run through June 5.

Ken Burns H’91 To Speak on Race in America


The National Endowment for the Humanities has selected documentary filmmaker Ken Burns to give its annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. This is the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Burns received an honorary degree from Bowdoin in 1991.

Burns will deliver the lecture on May 9 at the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is a free public event and will also stream live online. Burns will talk about race in America, a topic he has illuminated and confronted in many of his historical documentaries.

Museum’s Dan Dowd Shows ‘thick skin’

Dan Dowd, (L. to r.) "Pad," 2015; Untitled, 2013

Dan Dowd, “Pad,” 2015 (at left) and Untitled, 2013

Maine-based artist and Bowdoin College Museum of Art security officer Dan Dowd is showing a new series of assemblage art in the exhibition thick skinned at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor through April 30, 2016.