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 The Disembodied Spirit
   March 5–May 23, 2004
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The Disembodied Spirit is an interdisciplinary exploration of modern and contemporary art and culture involving the depiction or suggestion of ghosts. The exhibition observed how artists have represented absence while indicating presence—using formal elements such as transparency, light, shadows, weightlessness—and how they manipulate, alter, and exaggerate these characteristics. It also explored how the ghostly image may be, in part, a by-product of technological advancements—photography, telegraphy, and the computer. Organized by Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, the exhibition included works by William Mumler, Julia Margaret Cameron, Jeremy Blake, Nancy Burson, Anna Gaskell, Tracey Moffatt, Mariko Mori, and Bill Viola.