A roundtable discussion on A River Lost & Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place will take place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2012, in Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. The program is open to the public free of charge.
The exhibition’s collaborators — Bowdoin’s Matthew Klingle, associate professor of history and environmental studies, and Michael Kolster, associate professor of art — will join Anne Whiston Spirn, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Martha A. Sandweiss, Professor of History, Princeton University, to discuss complexities of the river’s legacy and its potential.
The Androscoggin River, once devastated by inductrial contamination and labeled one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the country, is now partially restored. In their cross-disciplinary research, Klingle and Kolster pose important questions about its shifting cultural and economic status in their exhibition.
A River Lost & Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place is on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through September 16, 2012.
At the center of the exhibition are photographs of the present-day river and its environs produced through a variety of techniques, including 19th-century wet-plate processes that emerged roughly contemporaneous with the Androscoggin’s industrialization.
Oral histories and testimonies by local residents revisit the history of the waterway.
The exhibition and Bowdoin Museum of Art will be open until 8:30 p.m. following the roundtable discussion.