Bowdoin Senior Follows 64-year-old Art History Trail to Hiroshima

Michael Amano ’17. Photo by Anna Aridome.

The four artists are all elderly now, all still living in Hiroshima. Last summer, a Bowdoin student visited them to talk about drawings they had made as children 64 years ago in 1952 — seven years after the US dropped nuclear bombs on their city.

Revisiting their childhood paintings prompted them to share difficult memories of the years following the carnage. They offered their reflections on war, struggle, peace, and survival. And, perhaps a bit surprisingly, they smiled a lot as they looked at their pictures.

Bowdoin’s Michael Amano ’17 had a Curatorial Fellowship from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to spend last summer in Japan tracking down and interviewing some of the people who had participated in a 1952 art exchange between Japanese and US schoolchildren. Read the story.

The Latest at Bowdoin’s Museums and the Nine Other ‘Must-See’ Museums of 2017 (Smithsonian)

“Rooftops of Nagoya,” 1963, woodblock by Junichiro Sekino (準一郎關野), Japanese, 1914–1988. Gift of D. Lee Rich, P’78, ’80 and John Hubbard Rich Jr., Class of 1939 Litt.D. 1974, P’78, ’80. Part of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Sosaku-hanga: Twentieth Century Japanese Creative Prints.

If you’re traveling the globe in 2017, Smithsonian magazine has come out with a list of nine “must-see” museums opening this year.

And, of course, if you find yourself in Bowdoin’s neck of the woods,  you must check out the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, which is currently showing, among other exhibitions, Sosaku-hanga: Twentieth Century Japanese Creative Prints, an artistic form of expression from twentieth-century Japan, and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, which just this week opened Melting Away: Arctic Cultural Heritage at Risk, featuring photographs documenting the effects of rising Arctic temperatures.

Bowdoin’s Christopher Heurlin Discusses China (Maine Public Radio)

Christopher Heurlin

Christopher Heurlin

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Government Christopher Heurlin discussed issues facing contemporary China on the Maine Public Radio call-in program Maine Calling.

Joining him were  Maine-based author, teacher, translator, and Chinese music host Connie Zhu, who is originally from Shanghai, and Rob Schmitz, author of Street of Eternal Happiness and China correspondent for Marketplace and NPR. Listen to Christopher Heurlin on Maine Calling.

Bowdoin Students Researching Art Exhibit Profiled in Japanese Press

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Michael Amano ’17 (left) and Justin Ehringhaus ’16. Photography: Anna Aridome

Two students from Bowdoin who are currently in Japan have been profiled by a newspaper in the city of Kagoshima. Michael Amano ’17 and Justin Ehringhaus ’16, are currently researching an art show coming to the Bowdoin  College Museum of Art next year featuring drawings by Hiroshima schoolchildren in the 1950s.