Bowdoin Honorand Sells Lichtenstein’s ‘Masterpiece’ to Fund Philanthrophy (New Yorker)

Agnes Gund was president of MoMA from 1991-2002

Philanthropist and patron of the arts Agnes Gund H’12, has sold a classic work of pop art from her private collection for a nine-figure sum to fund her latest philanthropic project, writes Peter Schjeldahl in The New Yorker.

Masterpiece by Roy Lichtenstein, “a painting that for years had hung above the mantel in her Park Avenue apartment,” went for $165,000,000. Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, is using $100,000,000 of that to set up the Art for Justice Fund, a criminal justice reform initiative that will be administered by The Ford Foundation.

The Varied Answers to Museum of Art’s Question ‘Why Draw?’ (Portland Press Herald)

The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram helps readers probe a question posed by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in its exhibition Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College.

“With more than 150 works by American and European artists, Why Draw? examines the many different roles that the act of drawing plays in an artist’s practice and offers insight into how drawing has changed with the advent of technology and how it yet remains very much the same today as it was 500 years ago.” Read the article.

Museum of Art Patrons Enjoy First ‘Music in the Museum’ Lunchtime Chamber Concert

Music performance in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Robin Scott and Chiao-Wen Cheng performing third movement of Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, D.385 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Music-lovers filled the Museum of Art’s Bowdoin Gallery June 29, 2017, for a lunchtime concert — the first of the “Music in the Museum” events being staged as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, featuring some of the young, talented musicians who are taking part in the festival.

The program included music by Franz Schubert, Franz Doppler, Charles Ives, and Johannes Brahms. A second performance July 20 will showcase the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and more.

In addition to these concerts, the Museum will also collaborate with BIMF on a special program for families Saturday, July 15. Led by Phillip and David Ying, this event will allow young art and music enthusiasts to engage with talented musicians and explore the intersection of music and the visual arts.

Bowdoin Music Festival Opens With ‘Striking Program of Russian Music’ (Portland Press Herald)

The Ying Quartet

The Bowdoin International Music Festival got underway this week with a concert on Monday 26 June, 2017, with a “striking program of Russian music” performed by the Ying Quartert, wrote Allan Kozinn in the Portland Press Herald.

Phillip and David Ying took over the running of the festival two years ago from its founder Lewis Kaplan, who had been at the helm for fifty years. The Yings, said Kozinn, are now “beginning to find directions that will help them put their own stamp on the festival.”

The festival runs until August 4th, during which time anyone walking across campus during the daytime will likely be able to hear the sounds of musicians practicing inside college dorm rooms.