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Past Exhibitions

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

Inside the Floating World

Japanese Prints from The Lenoir C. Wright Collection

March 25, 2003, through May 25, 2003

The Weatherspoon's Japanese print collection comprises the major artists, themes, and formats of Japanese prints from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries. Prints in the exhibition were grouped into six categories including Kabuki (traditional Japanese theater); Women (bijinga or beauty pictures); Landscape (natural wonders, sacred sites, famous views); Poets, Authors, and Heroes (likenesses from classic literature); Children (traditional social pursuits); and Surimono (limited-edition prints created for special events or individuals). Inside the Floating World was guest curated by Dr. Allen Hockley, Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College.

The Art of the Northwest Coast

March 25, 2003, through May 18, 2003

Emmett and Cadmus

Looking At / For the Homoerotic Power Struggle

April 05, 2003, through May 04, 2003

Spinning a Story

Manipulations of Motherhood by Women Artists

February 22, 2003, through March 30, 2003

Cultural Exchange, the Body, Art and Technology

January 25, 2003, through March 09, 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.


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