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Past Exhibitions

Ferenc Berko

Seen and Seen Again

May 24, 2003, through July 27, 2003

Ferenc Berko drew attention to the beauty that lies in the overlooked details of the everyday visual world. By isolating patterns, shadows, forms, and colors, Berko's images invite viewers to look inquisitively at commonplace materials and experiences. Ferenc Berko: Seen and Seen Again speaks to the breadth, and depth, of the artist's modern sense of vision. Through roughly three dozen black-and-white and color images ranging from 1932 to 1987, the show represents a dialogue over time and within a specific medium, but also between generations. It is curated by Berko's granddaughter, Mirte Mallory, Class of  2002, who shows how Berko maintained and revisited certain themes throughout his long career.

The Decade of Modernism: Selections from 1910–1919

September 29, 2002, through July 20, 2003

Seeing the Unseen

The Decisive Moment in Twentieth-Century Photography

May 10, 2003, through July 13, 2003

A Sense of Common Ground

Excerpts: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh

February 22, 2003, through June 22, 2003

Fazal Sheikh uses portrait photography to raise public awareness about the long-term effects of war on women, children, and the elderly. This exhibition focuses on the plight of east African refugees. Sheikh accompanies his emotionally complex portraits with individualized narratives that confront the viewer with the dignity and grace that has guided these victims through war, displacement, and exile.

They Still Draw Pictures

Children’s Art in Wartime from the Spanish Civil War to Kosovo

April 12, 2003, through May 25, 2003

Carrie Mae Weems

The Hampton Project

January 18, 2003, through March 09, 2003

Featuring large-scale photographs printed in ink on muslin and canvas, this exhibition highlights the work of internationally renowned visual artist and contemporary photographer Carrie Mae Weems, along with a rich selection of photographs from Frances Benjamin Johnston's historic Hampton Album of 1900. The work of these two women, although distanced by time and race, is linked by their shared discipline and focus on the history and legacy of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University), founded with the mission to educate African Americans and, later, Native Americans.

Ambassadors of Progress

American Women Photographers in Paris, 1900–1901

January 04, 2003, through March 09, 2003

Highlighting breathtaking landscapes, intimate portraits, and scenes of everyday life by twenty-nine notable American women photographers at the turn of the century, this stunning exhibition partially recreates a historic exhibition organized by pioneering photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston for the Universal Exposition of 1900 in Paris.


Exploring of the work of Gertrude Kasebier, Amelia van Buren, Zaida Ben-Yusef, and more, Ambassadors of Progress investigates the central role of American women photographers within the self-consciously artistic movement known as pictorialism.

The Power of (Re)Construction

Changing Perceptions of Black-American Identity

January 18, 2003, through February 16, 2003

The Creative Journey of Nike Davies-Okundaye

November 16, 2002, through January 19, 2003

A rich slice of Yoruba culture offers a unique experience for visitors to the museum through January 19 in the form of batik textiles in Harrington Gallery. Although small in scale, this exhibition is large on life. Visitors entering the gallery are surrounded by the deep, calming shades of indigo—a traditional color used in the making of Nigerian textiles. These inspired works are created by internationally recognized Nigerian artist, musician, and dancer Nike Davies-Okundaye—a fascinating person in her own right. Offered as part of Davies­Okundaye's nine-day residency at Dartmouth College, the exhibition includes a video made at the artists' school for men and women in Nigeria that demonstrates the various methods and forms of creating batik.

José Clemente Orozco in the United States, 1927–1934

June 01, 2002, through December 15, 2002

This exhibition of more than 120 paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, and preparatory studies for murals explores the extensive body of work produced by José Clemente Orozco, one of the leading Mexican artists of the twentieth century, during an extended stay in the United States. Scheduled for presentation at the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire, and the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, the exhibition showcases Orozco's revolutionary artistic vision. During this time, the artist created important murals at Pomona College, Claremont, California, the New School for Social Research, New York, and Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Viewed as a whole, his work from this period sheds light on the artist's complex creative and political development and provides an illuminating case study on the influence of Mexican visual artists in the United States.


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