Museum of Art Portrait Exhibition in The New Yorker

Robert Rauschenberg, Self-Portrait (for “The New Yorker” Profile), 1964, ink and graphite on paper

Writing in The New Yorker magazine, author and art critic Calvin Tomkins made reference to Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today, which ran from June to October 2016.

The exhibition took its name from a work by twentieth-century artist Robert Rauschenberg, who is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Tomkins, however, chose a work not featured at the MOMA show to write about. He refers to it as Rauschenberg’s “tiny masterpiece” that he created for The New Yorker in 1964, and which was featured in the This is a Portrait show: a self-portrait consisting of the artist’s thumbprint next to his initials.

The Honorands: Chuck Leavell H’17 on His Musical Origins (207)

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Grammy-winning musician and conservationist Chuck Leavell, who is perhaps best known for his work as keyboardist and musical director for the Rolling Stones, received an honorary degree during Bowdoin’s 212th Commencement. While on campus he sat down for what turned out to be a wide-ranging interview with the WCSH newsmagazine 207.

Rather than leave anything on the cutting room floor, 207 is broadcasting the interview in a series of segments. In this first installment, Leavell talks with host Rob Caldwell in the Studzinski Recital Hall rehearsal room about his involvement with music at an early age. He also references the honorary degree and offers a shout-out to his friend, Trustee Andy Serwer ’81, P’16, P’20. Watch the segment.

Art With a Moral Message: William Powell Frith and Victorian Realism

Pamela Fletcher

As she prepares for her next book, Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher examines how Victorian art reflected social reality.

In a recent faculty seminar she focused on the work of William Powell Frith, a one-time celebrity of the art world who was pushed into obscurity by the rise of modernism. Read more in Bowdoin News