Bowdoin Art Museum Not Just a ‘Jewel Box,’ but a Classroom (New York Times)

Michael Amano ’17 and Virginia Crow ’18 jointly curated “Perspectives from Postwar Hiroshima: Chuzo Tamotzu, Children’s Drawings, and the Art of Resolution”

Half of Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s exhibitions last year were curated with the help of students. Of those, a few were actually organized by students, under the guidance of mentors. The New York Times describes a current show at the museum, curated by Michael Amano ’17 and Virginia Crow ’18, that features post-WWII pictures made by Hiroshima children, as well as works by the man who instigated a US-Japan art exchange for young students.

The Times says that the growing role of undergraduate students in college museums “reflects the distance that university museums have come from the era when they were, as Bowdoin Art Museum co-curator Anne Goodyear put it, ‘jewel boxes.'” Instead, they are seen as classrooms and laboratories.

Anne Goodyear tells the Times, “[Museums] are the training ground for future generations. We are addressing the question of why humanities matter. The museum is part of the college, and it is important that it be engaged with the college. It is a partner in developing a liberal arts education and curriculum.”

‘Beauty in Color’ Photography Exhibit Puts Pictures to Words

A current photography show in Smith Union’s Lamarche Gallery is the outcome of a discussion among women of color at Bowdoin who gathered recently to speak about what it means, and how it feels, to be in their skin on this campus. Part of the conversation included a photo shoot.

The exhibit’s curator, Raquel Santizo ’19, said in the gallery statement that the discussion and photo shoot grew out of a paper she wrote for a Feminist Theory class. While interviewing students to do research for the paper, Santizo heard “recurring themes about women of color feeling invisible due to not meeting Eurocentric standards of beauty, and feeling fear of fetishization or exoticization.” Read more and see the slideshow.

Want to Read the Latest Executive Order or Supreme Court Brief? Visit Library’s ‘In the News’ Page

Barbara Levergood

Bowdoin research librarian Barbara Levergood has responded to the quickly developing news of the day by putting together an online guide of primary and secondary sources that relate to current events in government.

“Imagine that you were interested in the public discussion about immigration taking place right now,” she said, and would like to read the actual documents being discussed. Yet, finding primary sources is not always easy.

Levergood said the sources she has compiled—from new bills introduced in Congress to Supreme Court briefs—can help students conduct research or answer questions they have. Perhaps, she said, curious people may want to know what exactly were the provisions in President Trump’s executive order, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” or learn more about immigration policy during the latter part of the Obama administration.

“All of these questions can be answered by reading the primary sources yourself,” she said, adding that anyone—students, staff, or other library users—who needs assistance should feel free to contact her. Visit the online guide here.

‘Wild Women Adventures’ — From Leather Work to Climbing Walls

Each year, the Bowdoin Outing Club works with the Women’s Resource Center to come up with expedition ideas that might appeal to women a tad skeptical about rugged outdoor adventures. Or to women who want to try something new.

This year, ‘Wild Women Adventures’ offered Bowdoin students a chance to try alpine and cross-country skiing, leather working, and rock wall climbing.

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