Peter Fischli and David Weiss: The Way Things Go
August 28 – October 10, 2020

This exhibition consists of a 30 minute long art film by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Slapstick and thought-provoking, the film embodies order and disorder, exists between impressive engineering and a precariousness teetering on total collapse, and increasingly engages the viewer with each action and activity.

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Let’s Celebrate Ashley Bryan!
October 21, 2020 – March 20, 2021

African American artist Ashley Bryan is one of Maine’s cultural treasures. He is internationally recognized for the dozens of books he has written and illustrated, including Beautiful BlackbirdThe Night Has Ears: African Proverbs, and Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry. Bryan is also a gifted painter. This exhibition includes many of his books, illustrations, prints, and paintings, and a video of Bryan reading one of his books. 

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Evolve: a changing exhibition of work from the collection
October 21, 2020 – March 20, 2021

For much of the academic year, the museum is presenting an informal, changing exhibition of works from the collection. Rather than focusing on one theme or discipline, Evolve comprises artworks in a variety of media, including recent acquisitions, seldom seen objects, and those that are often incorporated into curriculum.

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Museum announces major Marsden Hartley project

As a teaching museum at a liberal arts college, the Museum of Art and its exhibitions, collections, stewardship, and interpretation bring a world of ideas to campus that enhance the vitality of the intellectual and cultural life of Bates, the surrounding communities, and beyond.


Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday and Wednesday evenings until 7:30 PM, September through May.
Closed between exhibitions, see exhibition page for dates.

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Bates College Museum of Art
Olin Arts Center
75 Russell Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240

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