Constructing the Ideal Soldier

January 7–February 26, 2023



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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 manufactured the soldier figure with a certain gender, sexual orientation, and patriotic outlook. Ultimately, this exhibition invites visitors to consider how our societal conception of the ideal soldier has, or has not, changed over the past one hundred years.

A Space for Dialogue is a student-curated exhibition program that began in 2001. Hood Museum of Art interns create an installation drawn from the museum's permanent collection by engaging with every aspect of curation, from doing research and selecting objects, to choosing frames and a wall color, to planning a layout and writing labels and a brochure, to giving a public talk. There have been over 100 A Space for Dialogue exhibitions on a wide variety of themes.

A Space for Dialogue: Fresh Perspectives on the Permanent Collection from Dartmouth's Students, founded with support from the Class of 1948, is made possible with generous endowments from the Class of 1967, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Jr. '66, and Pamela J. Joyner '79.

Exhibition Curator

Nathan Savo

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Exhibition subject: A Space for DialogueMexico, Central, & South AmericaUnited States & Canada