James Higginbotham, associate professor of classics and the classics associate curator for the ancient collection in the Museum of Art, writes in a new essay for Bowdoin that the Islamic State’s demolition of ancient ruins threatens what remains of the Assyrian culture and destroys the context that enables archaeologists to bring new understanding to the artifacts that do remain. Bowdoin’s Museum of Art serves as a custodian for this Assyrian heritage and has on display five gypsum alabaster reliefs that were carved to adorn the walls of Ashurnasirpal’s palace at Nimrud. Read his essay.
An unusual convergence of math and art — and pie — is taking place at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art this Saturday. First, the museum kicks off a new show on March 14, “A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne.” Rockburne has based her artistic practice on geometry and topology.
Second, Saturday also happens to be Pi Day, a day to honor the world’s most famous mathematical ratio. What’s even more exciting, is that at 9:26:53 a.m., and again at 9:26:53 p.m., our calendars and clocks line up with the first 10 digits of pi: 3.14.15 9:26:53, or 3.141592653. This only happens once every 100 years.
The museum will celebrate the confluence of numbers and beauty by serving pie in the morning, at 9:26:53 of course. Read more.
Faculty Profile: Scholar of Pre-Modern Italian Literature and Hyper-modern Science Fiction, Arielle Saiber
Associate Professor of Romance Languages Arielle Saiber is the second faculty member to be profiled in our new series highlighting the lives and interests — from the scholarly to the off-beat — of Bowdoin professors.