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 History of American Conspiracy and Fake News (Nieman Lab)

paranoiaNieman Lab interviews Jesse Walker, author of The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory.

Walker’s book explains America’s persistent anxieties, providing a rubric to evaluate the current partisanship in news. Read the full interview here.

LOL: The 17th-Century Emoji (Smithsonian)

Six billion emoji images are sent around the world each day; did you know these visual shortcuts to emotional expression go back — we mean way back?

Researchers at the National Archives in Slovakia have uncovered a 17th-century version of a smiley-face on municipal documents. Read more.

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.