William Wegman, “Blue, Yellow,” 1991, color Polaroid.
William Wegman, “Blue, Yellow,” 1991, color Polaroid.

Brunswick, Maine
bowdoin.edu/art-museum
through October 27

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is marking the 125th anniversary of its Walker Art Building with “Art Purposes: Object Lessons for the Liberal Arts.” This exhibition draws its title from an inscription in the rotunda (“to be used solely for art purposes”) and seeks to explore the implications of these words.

Alfredo Jaar, “Angel,” 2007, c-print.
Alfredo Jaar, “Angel,” 2007, c-print.
Art Purposes: Object Lessons for the Liberal Arts
Heather Dewey-Hagborg (b. 1982), “Stranger Visions: Sample 7 NYC (Reconstruction of a Face Based on Found DNA),” 2012–13, polymer, 12 x 7 x 4 in., courtesy Fridman Gallery

On view are approximately 150 works of modern and contemporary art — a mix of longtime favorites from the permanent collection and new acquisitions and promised gifts. (The museum has acquired nearly 10,000 objects since its expansion in 2007 and now holds approximately 25,000.) The show is accompanied by a new collections catalogue, the museum’s first in nearly 40 years, authored by more than 70 contributors.


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