The Latest at Bowdoin’s Museums and the Nine Other ‘Must-See’ Museums of 2017 (Smithsonian)

“Rooftops of Nagoya,” 1963, woodblock by Junichiro Sekino (準一郎關野), Japanese, 1914–1988. Gift of D. Lee Rich, P’78, ’80 and John Hubbard Rich Jr., Class of 1939 Litt.D. 1974, P’78, ’80. Part of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Sosaku-hanga: Twentieth Century Japanese Creative Prints.

If you’re traveling the globe in 2017, Smithsonian magazine has come out with a list of nine “must-see” museums opening this year.

And, of course, if you find yourself in Bowdoin’s neck of the woods,  you must check out the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, which is currently showing, among other exhibitions, Sosaku-hanga: Twentieth Century Japanese Creative Prints, an artistic form of expression from twentieth-century Japan, and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, which just this week opened Melting Away: Arctic Cultural Heritage at Risk, featuring photographs documenting the effects of rising Arctic temperatures.

Students Learn Art of Curating as They Research Photography Exhibit

Dana Byrd’s fall 2016 art history class

Students taking Dana Byrd’s fall art history class found themselves heading out of the classroom and into the archives, as they delved through the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives to curate their own exhibition on the history of photography. Byrd said she learned a lot from the students’ fresh approach. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Unveils Historic Lincoln Inauguration Photograph


Prof. Patrick Rael admires the historic photo

The week before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art has formally unveiled a recently acquired photograph of President Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration, almost 156 years after it was taken.

This was among the earliest political ceremonies to be captured on film, and this photo is one of only three copies in existence, said museum co-director Frank Goodyear. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Intermediality: A New Approach to Art History

Dana Byrd

Dana Byrd

What happens when an artist, a painter for example, acquires a photograph, then totally reconfigures that photograph in his or her own oil painting? Is it a new object? Is it appropriation? How do we talk about that and what does it mean?

These are questions very much on the mind of Assistant Professor of Art History Dana Byrd, who recently organized a symposium looking at how different artistic media influence each other.