Launching the Next Century of Fine Arts at Bowdoin
The new Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance marks the beginning of a second century of fine arts in Bowdoin’s curriculum—the College first included formal courses in art and music during the 1912/1913 academic year.
Sight & Sound, a new exhibition in the Bowdoin College Library, celebrates this “turn-of-the-century” by taking a look back at how art and music have enriched learning and cultural life at the College from its beginnings.
The exhibition features examples from the Library’s rare book collection that have supported fine arts learning, including medieval illuminated manuscripts, songsters, musical settings for Longfellow’s poems, book illustration, and contemporary artists’ books. Teaching art and music at Bowdoin over the past century is also documented through the display of items from the Bowdoin College Archives. These materials remind us of how well the fine arts have thrived at Bowdoin and suggest a promising and exciting future for the performing and visual arts in the years to come.
The exhibition is free and open to the public seven days a week.
For further information, please call 207.725.3096.
Open daily, Fall 2013
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 2nd Floor Gallery
Image Credit: Michael Kuch’s Waterlines (2009)
Prof. Frederic Tillotson practicing with the Meddiebempsters, 1945.
Prof. Thomas Cornell with art students in the attic studio of Adams Hall, 1965
View of the Rotunda of the Walker Art Building showing plaster “casts of the antique,” before 1937.
Reading the Medieval In the Renaissance And Beyond
The works of the Middle English poet Geoffrey Chaucer have been read, referenced, and studied almost continually since the poet’s death in 1400. The books in this exhibit bring together items from Bowdoin’s collections that illustrate some of the ways in which the poet’s text and reputation have been transmitted since then. Many of these items bear evidence of their use by Bowdoin students and faculty: the 1610 edition of Foxe’s Actes and Monuments includes a stamped due date of February 1, 1929, while the lecture notes of then-Professor Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain explain his decision to focus on Chaucer in a class on the development of English literature.
This exhibition was researched and prepared by students in Megan Cook’s Spring 2013 course on Chaucer:
Open daily, March 25 – May 7, 2013 Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 1st floor
Image Credit: "Geoffrey Chaucer," in The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Urry (London, 1721)
BOOK ARTS: An Exhibition of Work by Printmaking I and II
Artists’ Books and Altered Books explore the role of the book as both a visual symbol and a structure for creative invention. The Altered Books in this exhibit were inspired by the work of Portland artist, Crystal Cawley. Students in Mary Hart’s Printmaking II class selected vintage books to “alter” and transform into contemporary narratives with the addition of intaglio etchings and mixed media work.
For the capstone project of Printmaking I, Hart’s students worked with Portland book artist Rebecca Goodale to design and construct Artists’ Books. As they describe journeys both real and imagined, combine imagery with poetry, or create a sense of place, their projects showcase a variety of printmaking techniques from drypoint to linocut to intaglio etching.
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library January 23-February 25, 2013
Join children’s book authors Margy Burns Knight, Anne Sibley O’Brien, Rohan Henry, and songwriter Josephine Cameron for a wonderful program of “illustrated storytelling”, music, and crafts in remembrance of Dr. King.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 21, 2013
10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Dining Hall
For ages 5 and up. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Copies of selected titles by each presenter will be available for purchase.
Please check the Bowdoin College website for event information in case of inclement weather: www.bowdoin.edu or call 725-3000 opt. 3