Nearly sixty years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at Dartmouth, the Hood Museum of Art, together with the College, is reflecting on his legacy as an orator. King’s speeches remind us of the aesthetic choices he made through his particular use of language—his cadence, tone, and intensity—all informed by his preaching as a Baptist minister. The exhibition The Embodiment of Language, in turn, considers specific relationships between language and Blackness in the context of U.S. history. The artists represented configure letters, symbols, and literature to create a fertile ground upon which to articulate both personal and collective experience.
Morgan E. Freeman / Thomas H. Price