Félix de la Concha
Private Portraits/Public Conversations
Temporary Exhibitions, Friends and Cheatham Galleries
The Hood Museum of Art continues its series of major public art projects, in conjunction with the Dartmouth Centers Forum, in a multimedia exhibition of fifty-one portraits exploring the ways members of the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities have encountered conflict and how they made--or are making--the journey toward reconciliation.
De la Concha's effort to capture a truthful portrait results in a multidimensional representation of his encounter with his sitters--each one is intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally charged. Each portrait session lasted two hours, during which time the artist interviewed the sitter, and video- and audio-taped the entire experience. The artist added the aspect of video recording for the Hood project as a means of reconstructing, in real time, what transpired in each two-hour session. Thus, "portrait" here comprises painted representation, spoken narrative, and the visual recording of the interaction between artist and subject.
The exhibition Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations was commissioned by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, was organized by the Hood Museum of Art in partnership with the Dartmouth College Library and the Dartmouth Centers Forum, and was generously supported by gifts from Constance and Walter Burke, Class of 1944, and Yoko Otani Homma and Shunichi Homma M.D., Class of 1977.
Curated by Karen S. Miller / Katherine W. Hart