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Investigations into the Ancient Mediterranean


Professors and students work with the Yale loan objects in the Hood's Bernstein Study-Storage Center.

Harrington Gallery

This exhibition explores how the close observation of works of art can reveal connections to wider cultural, religious, political, and social themes. It is part of an innovative collection-sharing initiative created to highlight the importance of teaching with original works of art as part of the college curriculum. Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this program enabled Yale University Art Gallery to lend forty-seven ancient Mediterranean objects to the Hood for a two-year period. Over the course of this past year and a half, Dartmouth faculty and students from a range of disciplines including art history, classical archaeology, and history have used both the Yale loans and works from the Hood's collection to explore current discourses on such topics as gender systems, representation and identity, and center and periphery in the Roman Empire.

By working closely with faculty and students to document these projects, the Hood wishes to highlight this major part of its daily activities as a teaching museum and make visible its work with undergraduate students, most of which happens "behind the scenes" in the Bernstein Study-Storage Center.

Special Hood Website: The Yale University Art Gallery Collection-Sharing Initiative

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Related Events

16 May, Wednesday, 4:30 PM
Kim Gallery
"Investigations into the Ancient Mediterranean: Spotlight on Teaching with Objects"
Dartmouth professors teaching courses on ancient Greek and Roman culture will discuss their work with objects on loan from Yale University Art Gallery over the past year. Roberta Stewart, Paul Christesen, Kathleen Corrigan, Jeremy Rutter, and Roger Ulrich will talk about introducing students to the issues that stem from the close investigation of objects. The session will include a preview of a documentary film about the project. A reception will follow.

Last Updated: 7/3/12