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A Space for Dialogue: Fresh Perspectives on the Permanent Collection from Dartmouth’s Students

Hood Quarterly, winter 2003

The Hood is proud to continue its pathbreaking curatorial program A Space for Dialogue. Thanks to generous, ongoing support from the Class of 1948, museum interns have the opportunity to organize a series of micro-exhibitions of their own conceptions and convictions, exposing many interesting and little-known pieces from the permanent collection to the light of day.

Last fall, Curatorial Intern James Parker ‘02 took a critical look at four pieces of late nineteenth-century Plains beadwork from the museum’s Churchill and Hastings collections in his An Economy of Transition: Art of the Plains at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Supervised in his work by the Hood’s new curator of African, Oceanic, and Native American Collections, Barbara Thompson, Parker described the various forces that led to the Plains Indian production of tourist arts and how this marked a distinctive shift in their tribal cultures and economies.

A Space for Dialogue, located at the entrance of the museum, changes about every six weeks. An illustrated publication, funded by the Class of 1948, accompanies each student project and is available to the public free of charge.

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