Archives for July 2013

Museum’s Prendergast and Bradford Exhibitions Make Art Headlines

"Titanic Orange Sea," 2012, acrylic on canvas, by Katherine Bradford. Courtesy of the artist, Aucocisco Galleries, Maine and Edward Thorp Gallery, NY. Photo by Greg Irikura.

“Titanic Orange Sea,” 2012, acrylic on canvas, by Katherine Bradford. Courtesy of the artist, Aucocisco Galleries, Maine and Edward Thorp Gallery, NY. Photo by Greg Irikura.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibitions Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea and August, featuring the works of Katherine Bradford, are the subjects of focused attention in the Boston Globe and Portland Press Herald.

Globe reviewer Sebastian Smee calls the Prendergast exhibition “the loveliest, most languid art show of this New England summer.” Read the Boston Globe review here.

In addition to a short video, the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram affords the Katherine Bradford show quite a bit of ink, noting that the arist, who summers in Brunswick, has always coveted a show at the Museum of Art. 

“Every summer, I would invite the curator to my studio. Every summer, I would give the curator lunch and laugh at their jokes,” she said. “And then I met Joachim [Homann, Bowdoin College Museum of Art Curator], and he laughed at my jokes.” Read the Portland Press Herald piece.

Librarians are Still Valuable, With or Without the Internet (Boing Boing)

magnifying glass over book“We’ve gone from looking at a desert, in which a librarian had to walk into the desert for you and come back with a huge lump of gold, to… this huge jungle, in which what you want is one apple. And at that point, the librarian can walk into the jungle and come back with the apple.”

Such was author Neil Gaiman’s argument against discounting the changing – yet continuing – importance of librarians. Nowadays, there is so much information available online that it is sometimes difficult to tell whether the information is accurate and applicable. Though libraries are struggling for fair deals from publishers and funding from local government, it is clear that librarians can still benefit the modern population with their expertise in sorting through information.

Bowdoin Students Speak About Serving in Maine for Weekly TV Show

Three Bowdoin students are this week’s guests on the public affairs television program “State of the State,” which is broadcast statewide. They will be speaking about serving Maine’s communities.

Tom Gawarkiewicz ’15, Maine Center for Economic Policy’s summer fellow, will host the show. He interviews two Bowdoin students, Danielle Orchant ’14 and Courtney Chuang ’15.

Tom Gawarkiewicz’s Op-ed in Portland paper
Tom Gawarkiewicz’s op-ed on immigration reform and its impacts on Maine was published in the Portland Press Herald Aug. 6. “The current immigration reform debate in Washington has significant implications for Maine, where population growth is now entirely dependent on immigration,” he writes.

This summer, all three students have Community Matters in Maine fellowships from Bowdoin’s McKeen Center and Environmental Studies program to work at organizations that serve in a range of ways, from helping immigrants, disadvantaged children or the homeless to protecting the environment. Chuang is working at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick and Orchant is working for the Mitchell Institute in Portland.

“State of the State” is put on weekly by the Maine Center for Economic Policy to address Maine issues.

The Bowdoin show will air tonight at 7 p.m., and again on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. on TWC Channel 9 statewide.

Why Long Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (TIME)

Smartphone couple512In a world where people frequently travel across the country for work and school, it may seem impossible to maintain a satisfying relationship. Fortunately, video-chatting, texting and cell phones make the distance easier to surmount for friends and couples alike. Not only that, but new research suggests there is truth in the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Long-distance couples are likely to have more meaningful conversations, even if their separated lives lead them to talk less frequently than couples who live together. Because of the need to express “affection and intimacy” over distance, they are also more likely to devote their full attention to one another when they do talk, instead of interacting over the TV or chores. Learn more from TIME about why “geographically impossible” relationships are, in fact, far from impossible.