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Curator of Indigenous Australian Art Leaves the Museum

Hood Quarterly, summer 2013

It is with mixed feelings that we share the news of the departure from the Hood of Stephen Gilchrist, Curator of Indigenous Australian Art. Following his appointment in summer 2011 to a special term-length engagement for researching, teaching with, exhibiting, writing on, and cataloguing the wonderful gift to the museum of the Owen and Wagner Collection of Aboriginal Australian art, he quickly became a valued member of our team. With the recent major exhibition and publication Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art, Stephen shared his knowledge, interpretation, and passion about the works of art with everyone in our community and beyond. The winter 2012 undergraduate course he taught in the Art History Department, titled “Indigenous Australian Art and the Politics of Curation,” introduced Dartmouth students to these works well in advance of the public display, and led to insightful student-written labels in the exhibition. We will miss Stephen very much but will always consider him a trusted colleague. We wish him and his family all the best as they move back to Australia.

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