Chaucer After Chaucer
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)
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.
January 23-February 25, 2013
Drum Corps, 8th Maine Vol. Infantry
To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the exhibition Bowdoin Boys in Blue—and Gray honors the role of Bowdoin’s own during those defining years for national identity, states’ rights, and individual freedoms.
Fully twenty-five percent of then-living Bowdoin alumni and students—317 men (including eighteen Confederates)—served during the Civil War, a participation rate higher than that of any other northern college. Among those ranks were four Medal of Honor recipients, a member of Lincoln’s cabinet, several commanders of U.S. Colored Troops, and soldiers serving throughout the various theatres of combat, from Gettysburg to Louisiana. Their letters, diaries, and other personal papers, selected from the holdings of Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, illuminate the Civil War period both in the field and on the home front.
The exhibition, located on the second floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, is open to the public daily from January 21 through June 1, 2013, free of charge.
Follow along as we blog “this day in history…
” for the year 1863, highlighting items from Special Collections
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The George J. Mitchell Oral History Project has earned the 2012 Elizabeth B. Mason Major Project Award, which is given biennially by the Oral History Association to an outstanding English language oral history project worldwide. The award recognizes projects of noteworthy scholarly and social value that also advance both the understanding of an important historical subject and the practice of oral history.
Under the auspices of the Bowdoin College Library, project director Andrea L’Hommedieu, field interviewers Mike Hastings, Diane Dewhirst, and Brien Williams, and transcriptionist Nicci Leamon amassed over 200 oral histories from people in former Sen. George Mitchell ’54′s life. Interviewees include Mitchell’s Waterville, Maine, friends; family members; college classmates; Maine legislators; political associates and competitors; campaign supporters; U.S. Senate colleagues and staff members; foreign policy specialists; law practice associates; and others. Cumulatively, their spoken accounts document Mitchell’s life and career from early childhood onward, with particular emphasis on his public service to Maine and to the nation. They complement Mitchell’s personal papers, which are also held by Bowdoin.
The oral histories are fully searchable and available for listening, reading, and downloading at: http://digitalcommons.bowdoin.edu/mitchelloralhistory/
Third floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
This exhibit is ongoing throughout the summer months.
When making books and making art intersect, the results are sometimes provocative, often unpredictable, and always engaging. Artists’ books take many shapes: the familiar codex form, scrolls and banners, pop-up and flag books, to name a few.
The Bowdoin College Library’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives collects artists’ books to complement other examples of fine bookbinding, printing, type design, and printmaking in its book arts collection, primarily in support of the College’s curriculum. Classes in printmaking and drawing, in art history, and in literature and linguistics draw heavily from these resources for inspiration and for learning.
Book sculptures, in which book artists appropriate the book as an object and rework it into visual art, reflect the artist’s own visual reinterpretation of the original form. For the viewer, these sculptures transform the process of reading text into viewing art, and they compel us to reevaluate the concept of the book in ways that would otherwise be unimaginable.
Currently on display on the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library are examples of book sculpture by five contemporary book artists:
- Crystal Cawley (Portland, Me.)
- Rebecca Goodale (Portland, Me.)
- Mary Howe (Stonington, Me.)
- Guy Laramée (Montreal, Canada)
- Irmari Nacht (Englewood, N.J.)
Artist's book printed with copper etchings and letterpress by Lindsey Horowitz, '12
Main Floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
May 9 – May 29, 2012
Eighteen printmaking students are exhibiting their handmade artists’ books on the first floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library from May 9 – 28, 2012. The books contain original etchings, linocuts, and text within stitched, accordion fold, and flag-bound structures. They feature invented narratives, embellished how-to manuals, an elegant monster bestiary, and a multitude of other original creations. They are the capstone projects of Carrie Scanga’s Printmaking I class, made in collaboration with the renowned Portland book artist, Rebecca Goodale. The books were inspired by artists’ books from the Library’s Special Collections. Also featured in the exhibition are artists’ books by Lindsey Horowitz ‘12, an English major and printmaking teaching assistant.
“A New Vitality”: Celebrating 40 Years of Coeducation at Bowdoin
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 2nd floor
January 23 – June 2, 2012
For More Information: 207.725.3288
“… some form of coeducation is one of the most pressing needs of the College and the step best calculated to give new vitality to the entire Bowdoin Community.”
-Pierce Report (Study Committee on the Underclass Campus Environment), May 1969.
At their September meeting in 1970, the Governing Boards of Bowdoin College accepted the recommendation of the Pierce Report (named for committee chairman and Trustee William Curtis Pierce ‘28) and voted in favor of coeducation, thus ushering in the first class that included women degree candidates in the fall of 1971.
The exhibition A New Vitality, featuring documents, photographs, and publications from the Bowdoin College Archives, celebrates the fortieth anniversary of coeducation at Bowdoin by chronicling that transitional time in Bowdoin’s history and by demonstrating many of the ways that women in the Bowdoin community have enriched the fabric of college life throughout its history, both before and after the advent of coeducation.
A New Vitality complements a website devoted to the history of coeducation at Bowdoin, which was created as a class project by the students in Professor Jennifer Scanlon’s Fall 2011 class “Forty Years: The History of Women at Bowdoin” (GWS 280).
Main Floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
On display through May 9, 2011.
||Katherine Farrar ’11 introduces the collection of resources on Mindfulness that she has assembled for display on the first floor of Hawthorne Longfellow Library as part of an independent study in Education.