Archives for September 2016

The ‘Transformative’ Photography of the Museum of Art’s ‘Robert Frank: Sideways’ (Boston Globe)

"Russian Exhibition," ca. 1955, gelatin silver print, by Robert Frank.

“Russian Exhibition,” ca. 1955, gelatin silver print, by Robert Frank.

The indefinable distinctiveness of Robert Frank’s renowned photography is on view in the Museum of Art’s Robert Frank: Sideways exhibition — and highlighted in art critic Mark Feeney’s review in the Boston Globe.

An excerpt:

“It wasn’t just America where Frank’s camera found — or created — poetry. “When people look at my pictures,’’ he wrote in 1951, “I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” “Twice” is the genius word there. It matters even more than “poem” does. To read once would be just lyricism. To read twice is something beyond that. It’s the difference between paraphrase and commitment to memory: lyricism tempered, distressed, hardened.”

Read the review, “The transformative art of photographer Robert Frank,” in its entirety, and visit the exhibition — on view through January 29, 2017.

Art Provides Backdrop for Student Soirée


Student Night at the Museum a cappella concert

Now a fall tradition, Student Activities threw a party at the Museum of Art Friday night. Students perused the art before gathering in the pavilion for an a cappella concert. Check out a slideshow and video from the event.

Slideshow: ‘Botanizing America’ Celebrates the Nation’s Professional and Amateur Scientists

Bullhead pond lily, from “Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors”

Bullhead pond lily, from “Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors”

During the nineteenth century botany rose to be the most popular science in the US. Alongside professional botanists grew a legion of keen, amateur scientists, who scoured the nation looking for botanical discoveries, and, in the process, defined America as a place of immeasurable natural resources and physical beauty.

The exhibition, Botanizing America: Citizens, Scientests, and the Quest for a National Identity, explores the rich history of botany in the US through a selection of botanical imprints, field reports, and personal sketchbooks. Among those being celebrated is Kate Furbish, whose depictions of the wild flowers of Maine are the subject of the new book Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors, to be celebrated with a book launch and reception today.

Read more and see a slideshow from Botanizing America.

Polar Bear Scoreboard


Women’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team continued its fall tournament schedule this weekend at the ITA New England Regional Championship hosted by MIT.

Women’s Volleyball: After falling in the first set, the Tufts women’s volleyball team came back and topped Bowdoin, 3-1, in four extremely close sets at Cousens Gym Saturday afternoon. Tufts edged the Polar Bears 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23.

Men’s &  Women’s Cross Country:  The men’s cross country team took first while the women took second at a home invitational Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bear men ran away from the field with a team score of 21, easily out-pacing second-place Wentworth (60). The women’s squad totaled 28 points and was just edged out for the win by Wellesley (27).

Women’s Golf: The women’s golf team finished 10th of 14 squads at the Mount Holyoke Invitational this weekend at The Orchards Golf Club. The Polar Bears carded a two-day total of 703. Williams finished first at the tournament with a team total of 601.

Men’s Golf: The men’s golf team placed 13th of 15 teams this weekend at the Williams Fall Invitational at Taconic Golf Club. The Polar Bears posted a team score of 651 over the two days. Williams came away with the title with a 599 total over action on Saturday and Sunday.

Sailing: The sailing team competed in several regattas around the region. The Polar Bears sailed to a fourth-place finish in their best performance of the weekend at the Chris Loder Trophy hosted by the University of New Hampshire. Bowdoin also took a seventh-place finish at the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts and posted an 11th-placing showing at the Amanda Trophy at Roger Williams.

Women’s Rugby: The women’s rugby team dominated en route to 57-17 win over Molloy College in their season-opening match  Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Soccer: Anna Mellman scored the game’s only goal late in the first half to give the women’s soccer team a key 1-0 NESCAC win at Middlebury Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears (5-1, 3-1) scored just 33 seconds before halftime and made it stand for the final 45 minutes on Dragone Field. Middlebury falls to 4-2(1-2 NESCAC) with the loss.

Men’s Soccer: The Middlebury men’s soccer team needed an overtime penalty kick goal by Kirk Horton to slip past Bowdoin 2-1 Saturday. (( sunday ))

Field Hockey: Third-ranked Middlebury scored a pair of quick goals in the first half en route to a 3-2 NESCAC victory over top-ranked Bowdoin Saturday on Kohn Field. The victory kept the Panthers (4-0, 3-0) undefeated on the season, while the Polar Bears fall to 5-1, 4-1 in league play.

Football:  The football team suffered a season-opening 40-3 defeat at the hands of Middlebury Saturday afternoon at Youngman Field. The Panthers, who gained 517 yards of total offense in the win, improve to 1-0. Bowdoin drops to 0-1 on the year with the loss.