Tom Burckhardt and John Yau in Conversation

Thursday, July 18, 2024 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

VAC, Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center, VAC, Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Artist Tom Burckhardt and John Yau, poet, author, and critic, will discuss the new exhibition Tom Burckhardt: Informal Worship at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. In 2020, Burckhardt began to create ink and collage drawings on found book pages. As an artist, he has long been interested in “found text”—words that appear on billboards, road signs, or in people’s front yards. Burckhardt is particularly drawn to the way in which words appear in books, which he purchases from flea markets. After unbinding them, he draws, paints, and creates collages on the loose pages. In doing so, he disrupts and reimagines the meaning of the words on each page. This exhibition brings together nearly 400 of these small drawings to create an immersive environment of connected words, shapes, and color.]

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Free and open to the public.

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