A SPACE FOR DIALOGUE GALLERY TALK: "Constructing the Ideal Soldier"


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Nathan Savo ’24, Class of 1954 Intern


Wednesday, January 25, 2023


Hood Museum of Art


Hood Museum of Art

Intended Audience(s)



Who is the ideal soldier? This exhibition explores how artists have constructed the image of the perfect service member, with an emphasis on Mexico and the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. During this period, artists helped to construct the soldier as a figure with a certain gender, sexual orientation, and patriotic outlook. This exhibition examines the various purposes for which artists have depicted the soldier figure, whether to reinforce patriarchal norms, instill patriotic pride, or recruit more fighters. Also livestreaming on the museum’s Facebook page.

Image: Josep Renau, La Patria Mexicana Defendida Por Sus Hijos, about 1944, lithograph on paper. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Willis S. Fitch, Class of 1917 or Gift of Edward Tuck, Class of 1862; PS.987.6.171. © Josep Renau. Sara Jamback. 

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Sharon Reed

Permanent URL: https://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/events/event?event=68849

Categories: Arts, Exhibitions

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