How often do Spanish literature students get to curate a collection of top-caliber art? Seven Bowdoin students had a chance to do just that for this fall’s exhibition How She Should Behave: Women’s Archetypes in Early Modern Europe at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, as an outgrowth of a course they took last spring with Assistant Professor of Romance Languages Margaret Boyle.
Opening of How She Should Behave at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Oct. 30, 2013
An opening reception on Oct. 30 kicked off the exhibition, located in the museum’s Becker Gallery. ”The labels that you see have been written by students, all of the selections have been made by students, and the whole layout is all done by faculty and students,” said museum co-director Frank Goodyear in his introductory remarks.
How She Should Behave examines societal regulation of women’s behavior dating back to the 1500s, featuring depictions of female archetypes – pious women, royal women, seductresses – that women “inhabited, straddled, or resisted” across early modern Europe. Containing more than a dozen works drawn from the Museum’s collection (by artists such as Alonso Sánchez Coello, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, William Hogarth, Cindy Sherman and Berenice Abbott) the exhibition compares early modern pieces with recent ones, to encourage viewers to think about how representations of women have changed — or not — over time.
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Students, parents and cinephiles crowded into Kresge Auditorium over Bowdoin’s Family Weekend for a screening of Mira Nair’s acclaimed movie, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. A Q&A with Nair followed the film.
Nair has directed such films as Vanity Fair, Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake. She has won numerous awards, including a Golden Camera Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. She is also the mother of current Bowdoin student Zohran Mamdani ’14.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on a novel by Mohsin Hamid, narrates the seldom told tale of events from the other side of the world after 9/11. It follows the life of an ambitious Pakistani student who rises through the ranks of Wall Street only to become disenchanted by his artificial American life, pushing him to returns to his roots. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16 here.
Precisely when did it become acceptable to be late — for everything? Family get-togethers, work meetings, you name it. We have become a society (and by we, I mean you) for whom other people’s time holds no value. As Greg Savage writes in The Huffington Post, “It’s rubbish. You are rude. And inconsiderate.” And texting that you’re going to be late does not mean you are no longer late. Read “How Did It Get to Be ‘OK’ for People to Be Late for Everything?“
Hung Liu, “Relic 8,” 2004, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram art historian and reviewer Daniel Kany calls the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists “absolutely one of Maine’s best shows of 2013.”
Kany says Breakthrough “addresses some vastly complicated issues without dumbing them down while managing to be an engaging show that is very easy to enjoy.”
Read the review.
Captain Chesley Sullenberger utilized a checklist as he safely landed a plane on the Hudson River. Nurses incorporate checklists to correct surgeons. Both flying and surgery incorporate checklists for protection — and to save lives. In a review of Atul Gawande’s book Checklist Manifesto, John Kay discovers that good checklists are selective and short.
When you think of Napoleon, you probably conjure images of the battlefield and war — not those of a man hunched over his chess board.
Emily Dickinson also had a surprising passion: she enjoyed baking in her spare time, while Thomas Edison had an elaborate hobby of molding concrete.
These are just a few amazing examples of Mental Floss‘ 11 geniuses whose hobbies will surprise you.
Richard Blanco, the inaugural poet for President Obama’s second term, is the first Mainer, immigrant, Latino and openly gay poet chosen to read at an inauguration. He spent a day at Bowdoin last week, a visit that culminated in his giving a moving talk and reading in Memorial Hall.
Leana Amaez, associate director of multicultural student programs, introduced Blanco to the audience. She recalled watching Blanco at the January inauguration ceremony, and hearing his words, “hands as worn as my father’s cutting sugar cane, so my brother and I could have books and shoes.” She said, “I was floored. For the first time in my life, I heard my story on the inaugural stage. I heard my family’s story, so beautifully interwoven by Richard Blanco into the American story. …Richard Blanco had managed to capture with his words my identity, and make me feel it was part of a nation’s.”
Watch Blanco’s full talk here.
The Smithsonian curates 101 Objects That Made America in conjunction with the release of the book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects,” by Richard Kurin, Smithsonian’s under secretary for history, art and culture.
From dinosaurs to the very first supercomputer, the Smithsonian holds countless objects of wonder.
From those it has identified 101 that “made America.” From the John Deere plow and Edison light bulb, to the Star Spangled Banner and the twisted remnants of a sign from the World Trade Center, the objects helped us become who we are today.
View “101 Objects That Made America.”
Summer’s golden glimmer dims, giving way to the dazzling colors of fall, captured over the years by leaf peepers the world over. Smithsonian magazine offers a gallery you won’t want to miss: “Best Autumn Photographs from the Last Ten Years of Photo Contests.”
Video by Ali Ragan ’16
Math majors, professors, and friends of the Bowdoin Mathematics Department got together in Howell House on Oct. 27 to carve some pumpkins – with a mathematical twist.