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Lectures, Films, and Symposia

Director Brian Kennedy discusses the Orozco murals.

Artist Magdalene Odundo talks with museum visitors after giving a presentation on her work.


July 11
"Envisioning Ancient Rome in the Eighteenth Century"
T. Barton Thurber, Curator of European Art
This lecture was presented in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Classical Association of New England's Summer Institute.

July 13
Symposium and World Film Premiere marking the one hundredth anniversary of the death of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)
"Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture"

July 18
Artist Lecture and Reception
Magdalene Odundo, artist

August 3
"The Michael Cardew Story"
Ara Cardew, artist, spoke on the impact of Michael Cardew's pottery on African and global ceramic practices.

October 10
The Dr. Allen W. Root Contemporary Art Distinguished Lecture
"Dancing on the Cutting Edge: Merce Cunningham"
Bonnie Clearwater, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and curator of a recent exhibition about Cunningham's collaborations with visual artists. Offered in conjunction with Mr. Cunningham's Montgomery Fellowship.

October 19
"American Art: Telling Its Story"
Elizabeth Johns, Professor Emerita, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania

October 26
"Orozco: Man of Fire"
Directors Laurie Coyle and Rick Tejada-Flores create a visually arresting and whimsical documentary portrait of the great Mexican muralist. Laurie Coyle introduced the film and answered audience questions afterward.

November 3
Lecture and Object Identification Session
"Treasures of American Glass Through Four Centuries"
Kirk J. Nelson, Executive Director, The New Bedford Museum of Glass, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

November 16
"Connecticut Valley Furniture: Urban Styles for a Rural Society, 1650-1850"
Philip Zea, President, Historic Deerfield

November 30
"How Do We Learn to Read Pictures?"
James A. W. Heffernan, Emeritus Professor of English


January 18
Artist Talk and Opening Reception for Sean Scully: The Art of the Stripe
"The Devil's Dress"
Sean Scully, artist spoke about his work.

February 6
"Sean Scully: The Art of the Stripe"
Brian Kennedy, Director, Hood Museum of Art

February 13
"Fragrant Colors: Perfume in Art and the Art of Perfume"
Richard Stamelman, author of Perfume: Joy, Obsession, Scandal, Sin-A Cultural History of Fragrance from 1750 to the Present, and Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature.

February 29
"The Stripe Considered"
Lawrence R. Rinder, Dean of the College, California College of the Arts

March 28
Artist Lecture
"William Yang: About Photography"
Chinese-Australian photographer and storyteller William Yang spoke about his work as a freelance photographer for the social pages of glossy magazines and a chronicler of marginalized groups, including Sydney's gay community and the Australian Chinese. Presented in conjunction with the artist's residence and performance of Shadows at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

April 2
Thing with No Name
This feature-length documentary presents an intimate portrait of two Zulu women in rural South Africa and their struggle to survive HIV/AIDS. Producer and director Sarah Friedland introduced the film and participated in a panel discussion led by Aine Donovan, Executive Director of Dartmouth's Ethics Institute, following the screening. Kenneth Yalowitz, Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth, also participated on the panel.

April 11
Opening Lecture
"De/Scribing Black Womanhood: Visual Narratives and the African Body"
Barbara Thompson, Curator of African, Oceanic, and Native American Collections.

April 12
"Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body"
Held in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title, this symposium was cosponsored by the Hood Museum of Art, the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College, and the Allen and Joan Bildner Endowment for Human and Intergroup Relations.

Participants included: Deborah King, Associate Professor of Sociology, Dartmouth College, Cynthia J. Becker, Assistant Professor of Art History, Boston University, Oyeronke Oyewumi, Associate Professor of Sociology, Stony Brook University, as well as the following artists: Joyce Scott, Sokari Douglas Camp, and Hassan Musa.

April 18
"Palladio and the Politics of Classical Architecture"
Tracy Cooper, Associate Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
This lecture commemorated the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of the most famous architect in the history of European art, Andrea Palladio (1508-1580). It also coincided with small displays of the architect's original treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, later editions, and other related publications from the Renaissance to the neoclassical era in the Hood Museum of Art and Rauner Special Collections Library.

April 23
The Life and Times of Sara Baartman
Directed by Zola Mseko, South Africa

April 30
Becoming a Woman in Okrika
Directed by Judith Gleason and Elisa Mereghetti, Niger
Desired Number
Directed by Ngozi Onwurah, Nigeria/USA

May 7
Artist Lecture
Renee Cox
Cosponsored with the Allen and Joan Bildner Endowment for Human and Intergroup Relations.

May 21
La Noire de [***]
Directed by Ousmane Sembene, Senegal

May 28
Forbidden Fruit
Directed by Sue Lamuwa Bruce, Beate Kunath, and Yvonne Zuckmantel, Germany/Zimbabwe
And Still I Rise
Directed by Ngozi Onwurah, Nigeria/USA

June 27
Artist Lecture
"Dead Eyes! The Ugly Side of Black Dolls," Senzeni Marasela, South African photographer and installation artist


Last Updated: 10/9/08