Art History Professor’s New Bowdoin Show Doesn’t Flinch From Death (Art Daily)

The opening of Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s latest show, The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, was kicked off last week with a keynote address from Stephen Perkinson, the exhibition’s curator and Bowdoin’s Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History.

Ivory Mirror explores the visual culture around mortality in Renaissance Europe with its display of almost 70 memento mori, which are artworks meant to evoke life’s preciousness under the shadow of death. The mementos serve as a reminder to viewers to embrace life while they can while not lapsing into sin.

The show will be open through November 26, 2017. In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of public programs will be held at Bowdoin throughout the summer and fall — including film screenings, gallery talks and interdisciplinary programs with health care experts and scholars — that should provide perspectives on death and the choices we make in life.

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