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Past Exhibitions

Reflections in Black

Smithsonian African American Photography: Art and Activism

January 12, 2002, through March 10, 2002

This exhibition explores the rich legacy of African American photographers who captured the struggles, achievements, and tragedies of a tumultuous time: the civil rights and black power movements of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Assuming the role of social activist, these photographers documented leading figures such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Muhammad Ali, as well as innovators in the music world such as Billie Holiday, Lester Young, and John Coltrane. A continuing desire to raise social consciousness motivates contemporary photographers to chronicle the realities of life for African Americans today. Photographs of the 1980s and 1990s, many the results of the artists' personal engagement with their own communities, form the second major focus of the exhibition.

Forms and Messages

Selections from the Hood Museum of Art Collection

January 19, 2002, through March 10, 2002

Mel Kendrick

Core Samples

January 12, 2002, through March 10, 2002

Ten recent sculptures by New York artist Mel Kendrick will make their public debut at the Hood Museum of Art this winter. Kendrick's work reveals his longstanding preoccupation with process as well as his unerring sense of sculptural form. With systematic logic and a keen sense of his materials, Kendrick has created this new series he calls "core samples"—wood sculptures that respond to the form, exterior textures, and growth patterns of the trees from which they originate. With this body of work, Kendrick comes closer to a dialogue with the original form of the medium in which he works than at any other point in his thirty-year career as an artist.

Untitled (Johann Ender and Louis LeRoux)

December 09, 2001, through January 20, 2002

Reservation X

The Power of Place

October 06, 2001, through December 16, 2001

Reservation X investigates the complex relationship between community and identity through seven large-scale art installations that make innovative use of photography, film, audio recordings, CD-ROM, sculpture, and painting. The featured artists are Mary Longman (Saulteaux), Nora Naranjo-Morse (Tewa), Marianne Nicolson (Kwakwaka'wakw), Shelley Niro (Mohawk), Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora), Mateo Romero (Tewa), and C. Maxx Stevens (Seminole). Through their individual creations, these artists generate a collective commentary on the power of place and the realities of everyday life for religious and racial minorities. Although their ideas of and experiences with community reflect very different perspectives, all of these artists recognize their affinities with a Native American identity and rely upon the power of art to express them.

Untitled (Elihu Vedder and Fumio Yoshimura)

October 11, 2001, through December 08, 2001

Lions & Eagles & Bulls

Early Amerian Tavern & Inn Signs from The Connecticut Historical Society

June 30, 2001, through September 16, 2001

Proud lions, patriotic eagles, and solemn bulls once graced the roadsides of America. Painted onto wooden signboards and hung high above the heads of passers-by, tavern and inn signs dating from the 1750s through the 1890s reflect the artistic, social, and travel practices of their times. The signs in this exhibition belong to The Connecticut Historical Society, which preserves the nations' largest collection of tavern and inn signs.

Antiquity in Rome from the Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment

Selections from Dartmouth's Collections

July 07, 2001, through September 09, 2001

Intimate Encounters

Love and Domesticity in Eighteenth-Century France

October 04, 1997, through January 04, 1998

Looking for America

Prints of Rural Life from the 1930's and 1940's

December 03, 1994, through March 05, 1995


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