Rare and Vivid 2,000-Year-Old Mummy Mask on Display at Museum of Art

The portrait of the young boy, on dry and cracked wood, is roughly 2,000 years old. Yet the boy’s large brown eyes still appear vivid and lifelike under his gilded laurel. His pupils shine and his expression is serene.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will display this mask, which once adorned a mummy, in a new show, AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World. The exhibition explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans. Read more.

The Politics of 2017 Super Bowl Ads (The Atlantic)

The current political divide over President Trump has made it harder for brands to take a bipartisan approach to Super Bowl advertising.

The early release of Budweiser’s “The Hard Way” displays the importance of immigrants in shaping American culture and economy. Though Budweiser denies any political alignment, many brands have responded to Trump with pronounced messages of social justice. Read more.

Students Learn Art of Curating as They Research Photography Exhibit

Dana Byrd’s fall 2016 art history class

Students taking Dana Byrd’s fall art history class found themselves heading out of the classroom and into the archives, as they delved through the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives to curate their own exhibition on the history of photography. Byrd said she learned a lot from the students’ fresh approach. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Lauren McGrath ’07 Designs Her Way into Pages of Architectural Digest

Design duo Suzanne Grua McGrath (left) and daughter Lauren McGrath ’07 (Image: McGrath II)

Lauren McGrath ’07 is one-half of the mother-daughter design duo, McGrath II. In designing the interior of an apartment in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, they caught the attention of Architectural Digest, which features a slideshow of their work.

Lauren McGrath ’07 is the niece of Peter Grua and Mary O’Connell, both of whom are members of the Class of 1976. Her mother and design partner, Suzanne Grua McGrath, earned five Emmys over her decade-long career as style editor and producer at Martha Stewart Living Television. Together, Lauren and her mother wrote Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces To Carry You Through a Lifetime and are behind the McGrath II design blog.