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.

Museum of Art Presents ‘The Ivory Mirror’ with Opening Lecture and Reception June 24

“Office of the Dead, Book of Hours,” beginning of the 16th century, parchment by an unknown artist, France. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Stephen Perkinson, Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History and guest curator, delivers the  keynote address, “Lessons for Living: The Macabre in Renaissance Art” to open the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe

Perkinson’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017, and will be followed by a reception on the Museum steps at 5 p.m.

This major exhibition explores the rich visual culture of mortality in Renaissance Europe. Exquisite artworks — from ivory prayer beads to gem-encrusted jewelry — evoke life’s preciousness and the tension between pleasure and responsibility, then and now. Refreshments will be served and family activities will be led by Bowdoin College students.

Slideshow: Museum of Art Kicks Off ‘Second Friday Brunswick’ ArtWalk

The monthly series of events known as “Second Friday Brunswick!” kicked off Friday, June 9, 2017. Among the participants is the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, where visitors to the exhibitions were invited to enjoy free treats from local fave Gelato Fiasco. Read more and see the slideshow in Bowdoin News. 

Museum of Art Portrait Exhibition in The New Yorker

Robert Rauschenberg, Self-Portrait (for “The New Yorker” Profile), 1964, ink and graphite on paper

Writing in The New Yorker magazine, author and art critic Calvin Tomkins made reference to Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today, which ran from June to October 2016.

The exhibition took its name from a work by twentieth-century artist Robert Rauschenberg, who is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Tomkins, however, chose a work not featured at the MOMA show to write about. He refers to it as Rauschenberg’s “tiny masterpiece” that he created for The New Yorker in 1964, and which was featured in the This is a Portrait show: a self-portrait consisting of the artist’s thumbprint next to his initials.