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Susan Meiselas

In History

April 10 through June 20, 2010

Susan Meiselas, best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, is one of the most socially engaged photographers of our time. Her process has evolved in radical and challenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a leading voice in the debate over the function and practice of contemporary documentary photography. This exhibition is structured around three key projects, presented in their complete form, that exemplify the evolution of Meiselas’s process and approach: photographs and audio of New England carnival strippers (1972-76); photographs, films, and public installations from Nicaragua (1978-2004); and photographs and collected archival objects and video from Kurdistan (1991-present). The exhibition encourages cross-disciplinary dialogue around issues of art, anthropology, and human rights.

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Organized by the International Center of Photography, New York, with support from Shell, and presented at the Hood Museum of Art through the generous support of Marina and Andrew E. Lewin ’81, the George O. Southwick 1957 Memorial Fund, and the Hansen Family Fund.

Exhibition Panoramas

Susan Meiselas Lathrop Gallery Panoramas

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Related Events

14 April, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Hood Galleries
MEMBER EVENT: SNEAK PREVIEW
Susan Meiselas: In History
Investor-level members and above are invited to an exclusive sneak preview of this exhibition. Please RSVP by April 10 to hoodmembership@dartmouth.edu or (604) 646-9660.

16 April, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
ARTIST LECTURE AND RECEPTION Click here to listen
Annual James Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Comparative Literature and Opening Reception for Susan Meiselas: In History
Susan Meiselas
In History
This lecture by Susan Meiselas, a retrospective view of her career and the exhibition on view at the Hood Museum of Art, is co-sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities.

17 April, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Hood Galleries
GALLERY TALK
Kristen Lubben, Associate Curator at the International Center of Photography, New York, and curator of the exhibition, will discuss Susan Meiselas: In History.

20 April, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Hood Galleries
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Photography, Memory, Archives, and History: A Conversation About the Work of Susan Meiselas
Brian Miller, Senior Lecturer in Studio Art, and Virginia Beahan, Senior Lecturer in Studio Art

21 April, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
FILM
Pictures from a Revolution (1991)
Directed by Susan Meiselas, with Richard Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti 93 minutes; English, Spanish with English subtitles
Ten years after the Sandinista Revolution, documentary photographer Susan Meiselas returns to Nicaragua to locate the leaders, guerrillas, and bystanders she had photographed during that pivotal moment in the country’s history. This award-winning film follows her on that eye-opening, often heartbreaking journey. After the film, there will be a discussion led by Jeffrey Ruoff, Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies.

24 April, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Hood Galleries
INTRODUCTORY TOUR
Susan Meiselas: In History

4 May, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Hood Galleries
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Juliette Bianco, Assistant Director, will introduce the artist and her work in Nicaragua and Kurdistan. Katherine Hart, Associate Director, will discuss issues of feminism in relation to the artist’s work and carnival strippers.

5 May, Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Hood Galleries
ADULT WORKSHOP
Linking to the World through the Camera’s Lens: The Documentary Photographs of Susan Meiselas
One of the most socially engaged photographers of our time, Susan Meiselas uses the camera to explore and better understand the world around her. In this discussion-based workshop, we’ll consider the difference between candid and documentary photography, explore the photographer’s relationship to her subjects, and debate the role of documentary photography today. No previous art experience is necessary. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 to register.

12 May, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
LECTURE
An Amplitude That Information Lacks: Susan Meiselas as Storyteller
David Levi Strauss, poet, storyteller, and photography commentator. This event is co-sponsored by the Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Hood Museum of Art. “David Levi Strauss brings an eloquent and deep moral seriousness to his examination of photography. Again and again he makes the ringing point that trying to separate aesthetics and politics can only result in vacuity. He is photography's troubled conscience.”—Luc Sante, writer and critic

15 May, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Hood Galleries
GALLERY TALK
Reflections on Central America and Kurdistan
William Gasperini, longtime journalist and media specialist, will discuss his own work in relation to Susan Meiselas: In History. Gasperini spent twenty-six years working from overseas locations including Central America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. Reporting for such news organizations as CBS News, CBC Radio & TV (in Canada), and the Christian Science Monitor, he covered Nicaragua during the Sandinista-Contra war and conflicts and political affairs in other parts of the region. He was in the Middle East in the aftermath of the first Gulf War and reported on the Kurdish refugees who fled Saddam Hussein from Iraq into Iran.

18 May, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Hood Galleries
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Nicaragua Today: Revolutionary Rhetoric and Counterrevolutionary Reality
Lisa Baldez, Professor of Government, will discuss the political situation in Nicaragua in conjunction with the exhibition Susan Meiselas: In History.

22 May, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Hood Galleries
SPECIAL TOUR
Susan Meiselas: In History
Juliette Bianco '94, Assistant Director

25 May, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Hood Galleries
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Gene R. Garthwaite, Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor and Professor in Asian Studies and Professor of History, will discuss Susan Meiselas’s work in Kurdistan, and the social and political contexts for the Kurdish peoples of the Middle East.

12 June, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Hood Galleries
SPECIAL TOUR
Susan Meiselas: In History
Juliette Bianco '94, Assistant Director

Last Updated: 5/19/11