John Walker’s Botanical Creations Augment Museum of Art ‘Why Draw?’ Show

Six of Maine-based artist John Walker’s large ink and acrylic works on paper have been added to a satellite gallery in the Museum of Art. The pieces relate to but are also distinct from the hundreds of drawings and watercolors, spanning 500 years, that are now on display in the Museum of Art’s Why Draw? show.

In an interview in his studio some weeks before the exhibition, Walker talked about the importance of drawing for artists and art lovers. “Drawing is touching,” he said. “I am sure this museum will be rooms full of things that have been beautifully touched.” Read more in Bowdoin News.

Curator Homann Discusses Museum of Art’s ‘Why Draw?’ Exhibition

“Woman and Child,” 1604–1606, black and red chalk by Bernardino Poccetti, Italian, 1548–1612.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents this week the first-ever survey of the Museum’s extensive collection of drawings, widely considered the oldest public collection of works on paper on the continent. Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College illuminates the foundational and evolving role of drawing within Western artistic practice.

The exhibition will be on view May 3–September 3, 2017, and includes more than 150 works by American and European artists, including Peter Paul Rubens, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, and Roy Lichtenstein, among many others. Listen to curator Joachim Homann as interviewed by College Writer and Multimedia Producer Tom Porter on WBOR Radio.


Museum of Art’s Mummy Portrait ‘Important Enough to Get You to a Museum’ (Portland Press Herald)

“Fayum Mummy Portrait Mask,” Egyptian, ca. second century AD, painted on wood with applied gilt leaf. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

A 2,000 year old Egyptian portrait, acquired last year by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, is described as both “startling” and “mind-boggling” by art historian Daniel Kany.

“Sometimes a single work of art is interesting or important enough to get you to a museum,” wrote Kany in the Portland Press Herald, and this painting is one of those, he said.

He also reviewed several other artifacts on display at the museum, which Kany described as having “some world-renowned holdings that rate beyond anything else in the state.”