Portrait of the Artist as a Maine Attraction
The elite Association of Art Museum Curators has recognized Bowdoin among five finalists for its Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum award:
- Edward Hopper’s Maine
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
- It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973
Pomona College Museum of Art
- The Life and Death of Buildings
Princeton University Art Museum
- Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe
Harvard Art Museums
- The Weir Family, 1820-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art
Brigham Young University Museum of Art
According to an article about Edward Hopper’s Maine published in The Bowdoin Orient, the exhibit was covered by The Washington Post, MSNBC, and in the Japanese newspaper, Mainichi Daily News. The Bowdoin Daily Sun also noted that Edward Hopper’s Maine was in the “Don’t Miss” section of ELLE Decor’s summer issue.
The exhibit–which ran last fall–certainly caught my fancy, and one visit wasn’t enough. It drew a lot of people to Bowdoin’s campus, many of which were pleasantly surprised to find out that the museum has no entry fee.
In other artsy news, The Bowdoin Daily Sun reports that Professor Mark Wethli’s work got some serious face time thanks to President Barack Obama, who stood in front of Wethli’s mural “Transom” during his stop by the Portland Museum of Art.
Go Maine, go Hopper, and go Mark!