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Lectures, Films, and Symposia

Loew Auditorium is full for the keynote address by the British Museum's Julian E. Reade for the From Discovery to Dartmouth symposium.

Author Jonathan Harr signs books in the Hood’s Gutman Gallery following a lecture about The Lost Caravaggio.

Artist El Anatsui talks with visitors in Kim Gallery following his opening lecture for the exhibition GAWU: El Anatsui.

The Honorable Ann Meekitjuk Hanson talks about her role as Commissioner of Nunavut at the opening of Our Land.

Refreshments are laid out for a reception following a lecture by Hank Hine, Director of the Salvador Dali Museum.

Artist Howard Ben Tré among his work Kira’s Benches, commissioned by the Hood Museum of Art.

Hood Director Brian Kennedy stands with art critic Michael Kimmelman at the entrance to Albright Gallery.

October 2006

October 6
Lecture and Reception
"Perspectives on May 1968"
M. Anne Sa’adah, Joel Parker Professor of Law and Political Science, Department of Government
A reception hosted by the Friends of Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art followed in Kim Gallery.

October 11-12
"Indigenous Art in Australia Today: Views from Curators, Collectors, and Scholars"
This conference brought together scholars from diverse academic fields and provided a forum for discussions about Indigenous Australian women artists and their relationship with the preservation of Indigenous culture amid centuries of upheaval and change. The symposium also explored the relationship between Native American issues of sovereignty and land rights and those of Aboriginal Australia. Welcoming remarks by Brian Kennedy, Director. Keynote Address: "Emergence of an Aboriginal Fine Art Market in Australia," Fred Myers, Slver Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, New York University. Session 1: "Dreaming Their Way: Making an Exhibition," Britta Konau, Curator, Center for Maine Contemporary Art; "Diversity and Change in Aboriginal Australian Art," Margo W. Smith, Director and Curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Walking Tour of Dreaming Their Way, Will Owen, Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Collector of Australian Indigenous Art. Session II: "Sovereignty and Land Rights in Native America: The Key Issues," Dale A. Turner, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Government; "Stealing Power: Aboriginal Art, Identity, and Rights of Self-Determination," N. Bruce Duthu, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School and Visiting Professor of Government and Native American Studies. This symposium was produced by the Hood Museum of Art with the generous support of the Presidential Bildner Endowment for Human and Intergroup Relations.

October 27
"May 1968 and the Apotheosis of Surrealism"
Alyce Mahon, Lecturer and Fellow, History of Art, Cambridge University, England

November 2006

November 1
"In the Eye of the Storm: Contemporary Indigenous Art in Australia"
Brian Kennedy, Director

November 3-4
"From Discovery to Dartmouth: the Assyrian Reliefs at the Hood Museum of Art, 1856-2006"
This symposium presented major scholars of Assyrian art and archaeology. Welcome by Brian Kennedy, Director. Introduction by Ada Cohen, Department of Art History.Keynote Address: "The Early Exploration of Assyria," Julian E. Reade, The British Museum.Session I: "The Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal Ii (in the Digital Age)," Sam Paley, University at Buffalo; "Banquets, Baubles, and Bronzes: Material Comforts in the Neo-Assyrian Palaces," Allison Karmel Thomason, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; "Political Posters, Prayers, Time Capsules, and Living Gods: The Multiple Roles of the Hood Museum’s Assyrian Carvings," Barbara N. Porter, The Casco Bay Assyriological Institute; "'Time and Eternity' in the Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud," Mehmet-Ali Atac, Bryn Mawr College. Moderated by Stephen Kangas, Department of Art History and Program in Jewish Studies. Session II: "Attendants of the King in the Assyrian Reliefs," Paul Collins, The British Museum; "Francis Brown, The First American Assyriologist: The Dartmouth Years," Kamyar Abdi, Dartmouth College; "The Northwest Palace and Nimrud Today," John Russell, Massachusetts College of Art. Moderated by Susan Ackerman, Department of Religion and Women's and Gender Studies Program. The symposium was co-organized by the Hood Museum of Art and Dartmouth art history associate professor Ada Cohen and lecturer Steve Kangas of art history and Jewish studies in consultation with Anthropology Assistant Professor Kamyar Abdi. It was sponsored by the Fannie and Alan Lesley Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Departments of Art History, Anthropology, Religion, and Jewish Studies.

November 8
Live Teleconference
Françoise Dussart, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies at The University of Connecticut, spoke with artists in the remote Australian community of Yuendumu at the Warlukurlangu Art center via video teleconference.

November 9
The Dr. Allen W. Root Contemporary Art Distinguished Lecture
"If the Universe Derives from a Single Point, Why Do Art and Language Stand Apart?"
Hank Hine, Director, Salvador Dali Museum
A reception followed in Kim Gallery.

November 11
Tout va Bien and Letter to Jane (1972 France) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin. Lynn Higgins, Parents Distinguished Research Professor and Chair of French and Italian, introduced both films and lead a discussion after the viewing.

November 15
"The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece"
Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece
A reception followed in Kim Gallery.

December 2006

December 1
Lecture and Tour of Dreaming Their Way
Robert Kaplan, attorney and member of the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Art Museum and Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies Department of Political Science, University of Washington, distinguished collectors of Australian Indigenous Art

January 2007

January 10
Artist Talk and Opening Reception for GAWU
"Of Clay, Wood, and Metal"
El Anatsui, artist
A reception followed in Kim Gallery.

January 12
"The Challenge of Cultural Preservation in a Chaotic World: The World Monuments Fund's Forty Years in the Field," Bonnie Burnham, President, World Monuments Foundation. This lecture was co-sponsored by the Anthropology, Art History and Classics Departments, the Hood Museum of Art, ILEAD, and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

January 24
"Romans at Work," Roger Ulrich, Professor of Classics, presents this lecture in conjunction with the release of his book Roman Woodworking (Yale University Press, 2006)

January 31
Thin Ice Opening Lecture and Reception
"Whose Climate is Changing?," Aqqaluk Lynge, President, Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), Greenland, and ICC Vice-Chair for Greenland. A reception hosted by the Friends of Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art will follow in Kim Gallery.

February 2007

February 7
Jorge S. Silvetti, Architect, Machado and Silvetti Associates, and Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, discussed architectural theory and recent projects including the Getty Villa in Malibu.

February 16
"Cultures on Thin Ice: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"
William Fitzhugh, Anthropologist, Curator, and Director of the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution

March 2007

March 30
Artist Talk and Reception
"Resource Wars in the American Arctic"
Photographer Subhankar Banerjee talked about photographing the American Arctic and getting involved in preservation and conservation issues related to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other areas. A reception followed in Kim Gallery.

April 2007

April 11
Opening Lecture and Reception for Our Land
Our Land: Thoughts on Inuit Art and Self Determination"
John Grimes, Director of the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe. Opening remarks by the Honorable Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, Commissioner of Nunavut, and Neil LeBlanc, Canadian Consul General in Boston. A reception titled “Northern Delights--Wine and Food from Canada” sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General followed in Kim Gallery.

April 18
Special Film Screening
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, (Inuktitut, with English subtitles; 172 minutes)The first film made entirely in Inuktitut and directed by Zacharias Kunuk, whose work was featured in Our Land. A. Nicole Stuckenberger, Stefansson Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Arctic Studies, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College, introduced the film.

April 20
"Taking the Personal Vision from the Privacy of the Studio into the Public Space"
Howard Ben Tré
The artist was commissioned by the Hood in 2005 to make a series of sculptures titled Kira’s Benches in honor of the late Kira Fournier, a sculptor who worked in glass, bronze, and ceramics. The sculptures were on view at a reception following the lecture.

April 27
The Robert L. McGrath Lecture
"From Wonder Cabinet to Department Store: Thoughts on the American Museum"
Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic, New York Times
A reception followed in Kim Gallery.

May 2007

May 2
Film Screening and Discussion
Pilobolus Artistic Director Robby Barnett '72
Last Dance (2002; 84 minutes) Award-winning director Mirra Bank followed the dazzling Pilobolus Dance Theater and legendary author-illustrator Maurice Sendak as they collaborate on a dance-theater work commemorating a haunting holocaust legacy. Robby Barnett '72, one of Pilobolus's founding members, introduced the film.

May 4
"From Cold War to Thin Ice: Transforming Cultural Authority in Inuit Art Curating and Writing"
Norman Vorano, Curator of Contemporary Inuit Art, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec

May 9
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Film Screening and Discussion
Professor Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College
An Inconvenient Truth (2006; 96 minutes) Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently combines the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary of the year. Professor Virginia led a discussion after the viewing.

May 25
"On Images: Their Structure and Content"
John V. Kulvicki, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

June 2007

June 29
"Wenda Gu: Transformations and Translations"
Brian Kennedy, Director

Last Updated: 10/15/07