Museum of Art’s Mummy Portrait ‘Important Enough to Get You to a Museum’ (Portland Press Herald)

“Fayum Mummy Portrait Mask,” Egyptian, ca. second century AD, painted on wood with applied gilt leaf. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

A 2,000 year old Egyptian portrait, acquired last year by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, is described as both “startling” and “mind-boggling” by art historian Daniel Kany.

“Sometimes a single work of art is interesting or important enough to get you to a museum,” wrote Kany in the Portland Press Herald, and this painting is one of those, he said.

He also reviewed several other artifacts on display at the museum, which Kany described as having “some world-renowned holdings that rate beyond anything else in the state.”

On Loan from Museum of Art, Winslow Homer’s Watercolor Box a ‘Must-See’ Attraction (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Watercolor Box belonging to Winslow Homer,” 1900-1910, made by Winsor & Newton. Gift of the Homer Family. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

A watercolor box belonging to Winslow Homer, itself an artifact of wonder, has been loaned by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its American Watercolor in the Age of Home and Sargent exhibition.

It is included in The Philadelphia Inquirer compilation of “5 must-see paintings at the Art Museum’s new watercolor show.”

The watercolor box is signed by the artist under one of the interior lids, “Winslow Homer, Scarboro Beach, Maine.” One can also see his hand-written color notations on the mixing trays.

Bowdoin News: Presenting Research in Hawaii; Museum of Art’s New ‘Modern Medieval’ Exhibition

Three Bowdoin students have been in Hawaii presenting honors and independent study research at the ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu. The students’ regional focus spans from Maine to Hawaii, with topics ranging from lake carbon to satellite detection of coastal waters to deep corals. Read more in  Bowdoin News.

Modern Medieval: Materiality and Spirituality in German Expressionist Prints is on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through June 4, 2017. Highlighting the BCMA’s diverse permanent collection, the exhibition juxtaposes early twentieth-century German prints with late-medieval objects, presenting a unique perspective on western medieval culture’s influence on German Expressionism. Read more about it and listen to an interview with the curator in Bowdoin News.

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Dave Fogler ’90 on ‘Visual Effects in Film – Art, Craft, and (Sometimes) Bad Movies’

Image from ‘Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ (2015). Courtesy: Industrial Light & Magic

Dave Fogler ’90 has worked on special effects in the movie industry since 1997, when he joined Industrial Light & Magic as a model maker. He is currently putting the finishing touches on Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in the Transformers series, in which Fogler is visual effects supervisor. Fogler recently visited campus, where he spoke with students and talked about his career. Read more in Bowdoin News.