Midwife (Breath of Life)

Henry W. Bannarn, American, 1910 - 1965

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about 1940

Mahogany or walnut

Overall: 16 3/4 × 8 3/16 × 5 in. (42.5 × 20.8 × 12.7 cm)

Base: 1 9/16 × 12 7/16 × 9 15/16 in. (4 × 31.6 × 25.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Katharine T. and Merrill G. Beede 1929 Fund and the Florence and Lansing Porter Moore 1937 Fund

© The Estate of Henry Bannarn

2006.31

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

20th century

Object Name

Sculpture

Research Area

Sculpture

Not on view

Inscriptions

Carved, proper left side, at bottom: BANNARN

Course History

ANTH 7, The Values of Medicine, Sienna Craig, Winter 2013

REL 51, Virgin of Guadalupe, Elizabeth Perez, Winter 2013

REL 7, Dark Goddesses and Black Madonnas, Elizabeth Perez, Winter 2013

ANTH 7, The Values of Medicine, Sienna Craig, Winter 2013

ANTH 17, The Anthropology of Health and Illness, Lauren Gulbas, Fall 2013

ARTH 71, The "American Century": Modern Art in the United States, Mary Coffey, Winter 2015

ARTH 71, The "American Century": Modern Art in the United States. Mary Coffey, Winter 2015

GEOG 17, Geopolitics and Third World Development, Patricia Lopez, Spring 2015

GEOG 17, Geopolitics and Third World Development, Patricia Lopez, Spring 2015

Exhibition History

American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 9-December 9, 2007.

Augusta Savage and the Art Schools of Harlem. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New York Public Library, New York, October 9, 1988-January 28, 1989.

Cubism and Its Aftershocks, Citrin Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-November 27, 2019.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 2-November 1, 2009.

Publication History

Barbara J. MacAdam, Saar and Bannarn: Hood Acquires Two Sculptures by African American Artists, Hood Museum of Art Quarterly, No. 17, Autumn 2006, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, p. 14.

Barbara J. MacAdam, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Muesum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007, p. 129, no. 102.

Barbara J. MacAdam, Building on Dartmouth's Historic American Collections: Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions since 1985, The Magazine Antiques, November 2007, New York: Brant Publications, color ill. p. 149.

John R. Stomberg, The Hood Now: Art and Inquiry at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2019, p. 160, ill. plate no. 91.

Provenance

The artist; to Hassie Bannarn Betz [artist's daugther], about 1965; to Conner-Rosenkranz, LLC [art dealer], New York, New York, Fall 2005; sold to present collection, June, 2006.

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