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Félix de la Concha

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Private Portraits/Public Conversations

April 4 through September 27, 2009

 The Hood Museum of Art continues its series of major public art projects, in conjunction with the Dartmouth Centers Forum, in a multimedia exhibition of fifty-one portraits exploring the ways members of the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities have encountered conflict and how they made--or are making--the journey toward reconciliation.

De la Concha's effort to capture a truthful portrait results in a multidimensional representation of his encounter with his sitters--each one is intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally charged. Each portrait session lasted two hours, during which time the artist interviewed the sitter, and video- and audio-taped the entire experience. The artist added the aspect of video recording for the Hood project as a means of reconstructing, in real time, what transpired in each two-hour session. Thus, "portrait" here comprises painted representation, spoken narrative, and the visual recording of the interaction between artist and subject.

Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations will be exhibited at the Hood Museum of Art and at Baker Library* on the Dartmouth campus from April 4 through September 27, 2009, with its opening event on Friday, May 8.

*Please note that the exhibition in Baker Library will close on September 14, 2009.

CLICK THE TILES above for a sampling of individual large images of the portraits, audio excerpts of the interviews, and fast-forwarded video clips of the portrait sessions.

Below is a montage of the fast-forwarded video clips, revealing the artist's technique.

Click here for gallery panoramas of Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations.

Read more about the exhibition.

Generously supported by gifts from Constance and Walter Burke ’44 and Yoko Otani Homma and Shunichi Homma M.D. '77.

Press release

Full-Length Video Interviews

Video interviews of a number of the sitters play in the Hood galleries on a rotating basis (approximately two hours apiece).

Related Events

PANEL DISCUSSION
7 April, Tuesday, 7:00 pm | Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Three professionals who work in the field of conflict and reconciliation--Ira Byock M.D., Director of Palliative Medicine at DHMC, Donna Sultura M.S.W., Grief Counselor, and Laurie Levin, lawyer and mediator--discuss their work and the issues they deal with in their respective professions.

LUNCHTIME PANEL DISCUSSION
14 April, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M. | Collis 101
Three Dartmouth faculty who participated in the Félix de la Concha project discuss the theme of conflict and reconciliation.
Marysa Navarro, History
Mary Lou Guerinot, Biology
Amparo Carvajal-Hufschmid, Studio Art

LECTURE
16 April, Thursday, 5:00 P.M. | Kim Gallery
Kenneth Yalowitz, Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
Ken Yalowitz, former United States ambassador to Georgia and Belarus, will give a lecture about his work as an ambassador and how the dissolution of the Soviet Union impacted issues of conflict and reconciliation on Eastern Europe, Russia, and the West.

TOUR
18 April, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Tour of Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations with Hood Director Brian Kennedy

LUNCHTIME PANEL DISCUSSION
5 May, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M. | Collis 101
Three Dartmouth students who participated in the Félix de la Concha project discuss the theme of conflict and reconciliation.
Molly Bode, Student Assembly President
Andrew Zabel, student leader of Big Green Bus
Micaela Klein, Inter-Community Council Intern

ADULT WORKSHOP
6 May, Wednesday, 7:00 P.M.
"Félix de la Concha: Portraits and Stories"
Please pre-register by calling (603) 646-1469.

ARTIST DISCUSSION AND RECEPTION Click here to listen
8 May, Friday, 4:30 P.M. | Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Artist Félix de la Concha and Brian Kennedy, Director, Hood Museum of Art
This is a Dartmouth Centers Forum event on conflict and resolution.

INTRODUCTORY TOUR
16 May, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.

TOUR
17 June, Wednesday, 10:30 A.M.
Tour of Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations with Karen Miller, Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator

TOUR
20 June, Saturday, 2:30 P.M.
Tour of Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations with Hood Director Brian Kennedy

YOUNG TEEN AND ADULT WORKSHOP
8 July, Wednesday, 7:00–8:30 P.M.
"Félix de la Concha: Portraits and Stories"
In his work, Félix de la Concha paints a likeness in two hours while the sitter shares his or her story.The story and the image become the portrait. In this workshop, teens and adults will work in pairs to share stories and create portraits of each other. No previous art experience necessary—just a sense of fun and a willingness to discover new things about each other. For teens ages 12–14 and their adult companions. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 to register.

TOUR AND DISCUSSION Click here to listen
14 July, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
"Félix de la Concha and the Western Portrait Tradition"
T. Barton Thurber, Curator of European Art, will lead a tour through the museum's permanent collection galleries and Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations.

MUSEUM INTRODUCTION AND TOUR
25 July, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Brian Kennedy, Director, will give a general introduction to the Hood Museum of Art, followed by an introductory tour of Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations in the galleries.

TEEN WORKSHOP
29 July, Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
"Félix de la Concha: Portraits and Stories"
Bring a friend or plan to make a new one in this lively, discussion-based program exploring the art of Félix de la Concha. In his work, the artist paints a portrait in two hours while the sitter shares his or her story.The story and the image become the portrait. In this workshop, teens will work in pairs to share stories and create portraits of each other using mixed media. No previous art experience necessary. For ages 15-19. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 to register.

LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
4 August, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
Karen Miller, Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator and project manager of Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations, will give an introductory behind-the-scenes look at the making of the exhibition. Meet in the main corridor of Baker Library.The tour will conclude in the Hood Museum of Art.

INTRODUCTORY TOUR
12 September, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.

LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
22 September,Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
Katherine Hart, Associate Director, will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations.

Last Updated: 1/29/10