Southern Gothic

January 8 – February 26, 2022



A Space for Dialogue 104


The melodrama of Southern Gothic literature has captivated many with its enthralling treatment of the grotesque. The exhibition Southern Gothic explores the complex and often macabre world of the Southeastern United States. This niche genre deals with racial tensions, Reconstruction, the Great Depression, and the ghostly remains of the Antebellum era. This exhibition explores works from artists who have captured the spirit of Southern Gothic in all its darkness—and light.

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

Abigail Smith

Related Publications

Press Mentions

Exhibition subject: A Space for DialogueUnited States & Canada