Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 Featured in Art Show on Women’s Sports

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79

A cereal box displaying an image of Olympic marathon runner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is featured in an art show at Radcliffe College, writes Harvard Magazine. The exhibition, Playing Fair: Title IX at 45, runs until mid-September and takes its name from the 1972 federal law guaranteeing equal rights for women in all educational activities, including athletics.

“The exhibit uses Title IX as a lens to tell a focused narrative about women in sports,” explained curator Susan Ware. Samuelson won the first Olympic women’s marathon gold medal at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.

Art With a Moral Message: William Powell Frith and Victorian Realism

Pamela Fletcher

As she prepares for her next book, Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher examines how Victorian art reflected social reality.

In a recent faculty seminar she focused on the work of William Powell Frith, a one-time celebrity of the art world who was pushed into obscurity by the rise of modernism. Read more in Bowdoin News

Bowdoin’s Kolster to Discuss River Photography Book at Griffin Museum

Michael Kolster

Michael Kolster

Associate Professor of Art Mike Kolster is featured speaker at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts, this Thursday, May 25, 2017.

He will discuss the book Take Me to the River: Photographs of Atlantic Rivers (GFT Publishing, 2016), which features photographs by Kolster of four rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean—the Androscoggin, Schuylkill, James, and Savannah—as they emerge from two centuries of industrial use and neglect.

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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.