Stephen Perkinson, Bowdoin’s Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History and guest curator, delivers the keynote address, “Lessons for Living: The Macabre in Renaissance Art” to open the Bowdoin Museum of Art exhibition The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe.

The Ivory Mirror explores the rich visual culture of mortality in Renaissance Europe. Exquisite artworks — from ivory prayer beads to gem-encrusted jewelry — evoke life’s preciousness and the tension between pleasure and responsibility, then and now.

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