On View | Joseph Delaney: Taking Notice
June 11 – August 28, 2021

Taking Notice is the first exhibition in New England devoted to the work of African American artist Joseph Delaney (1904-1991). Delaney took notice of life around him, focusing primarily on the people and environment of New York City, the place where he lived much of his adult life. Delaney, who created thousands of works in a life spanning every decade of the twentieth century, was recognized but never celebrated during his life. Since that time, the art world has increasingly taken notice of his work.

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On View | Carl Benton Straub: His Enduring Legacy
June 11 – October 16, 2021

Carl Benton Straub (1936 – 2019) was a revered and influential scholar, teacher, and academic leader at Bates. His scholarly interests included religious interpretations of the natural world and environmental ethics. This exhibition, drawn from Straub’s personal collection together with works acquired through an endowment named for his parents, is a reflection on his particular focus on aesthetic ‘translations’ of the American landscape. 

Upcoming | Marsden Hartley: Adventurer in the Arts
September 20 – November 19, 2021

The exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Vilcek Foundation, brings together over 35 paintings and drawings spanning 36 years of the American Modernist artist’s career. These artworks will be exhibited alongside a selection of Hartley’s personal effects—mementos from his travels, snapshots, and keepsakes—the remarkable assemblage adds intimacy and depth, as well as a deeper understanding of his art, life, and wanderlust. 

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.


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Monday and Wednesday open until 7:30PM, September through May
Closed between exhibitions, see exhibition page for dates.

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