October Events Celebrate ‘William Wegman: Hello Nature’ before Show Closes Oct. 21

"William Wegman: Hello Nature" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art closes Sunday, October 21.

"William Wegman: Hello Nature" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art closes Sunday, October 21.

Audiences will have the opportunity to attend several more special events presented in conjunction with William Wegman: Hello Nature before the exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art closes Sunday, October 21.

Susan McHugh, associate professor of English at the University of New England, will give the talk “Wegman’s Weimaraners and Other Animals in Contemporary Art” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 4, in Kresge Auditorium. McHugh is the author of Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines (2011) in the University of Minnesota Press’s Posthumanities series, as well as Dog (2004), a volume in Reaktion Books’ groundbreaking Animal series. Her talk will examine William Wegman’s work with his Weimaraner dogs from the perspective of the new academic discipline of Animal Studies. Art historian and critic Daniel Kany will be the respondent.

Wegman will return to campus on Thursday, October 18, for “William Wegman in Conversation: Performance, Process, and Early Video Art” at 4:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. Wegman will be joined for the discussion by Lori Zippay, executive director of Electronic Arts Intermix, New York City. Wegman first established himself within the contexts of video and performance art in the 1970s. In conversation with Zippay, he will comment on a selection of his early films and explain how they gave rise to and influenced his current artistic practice.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s Fall Open House will be held Thursday, October 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the museum. This festive reception celebrates all the fall exhibitions on view, including William Wegman: Hello Nature and Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography.

All programs and exhibitions presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art are open to the public free of charge. Museum hours are Tuesday– Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Sunday: Special hours on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. through October 21, 2012, for the William Wegman exhibition. Closed on Mondays and national holidays.

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