Untitled (Crying Child)

Malick Sidibé, Malian, 1936 - 2016


negative 1960s; print 2006

Gelatin silver print

Overall: 13 5/8 × 10 15/16 in. (34.6 × 27.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the William B. and Evelyn F. Jaffe (58, 60, & 63) Fund and the Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund



Place Made: Mali, Western Africa, Africa


20th century

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Not on view


Set against contrasting patterns, an adorable toddler is crying. Malick Sidibé’s studio portraits in postindependence Mali are known for their rhythmic textiles and representations of highly posed and styled figures. In this moment, a parent is likely wanting their child to smile and pose for a keepsake photo, but the child is tearful, instead capturing an authentic everyday moment against the studio backdrop.

From the 2023 exhibition Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, curated by Alexandra Thomas, Curatorial Research Associate

Course History

ARTH 2, Introduction to the History of Art II, Joy Kenseth, Mary Coffey, Winter 2014

First Year Student Enrichment Program – Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Colleen Lannon, Summer 2023

First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Mokhtar Bouba, Summer 2023

Philosophy 1.11, Art: True, Beautiful, Nasty, John Kulvicki, Summer 2023

Writing 2.05, Why Write, Anyway?, Erkki Mackey, Fall 2023

Writing 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Fall 2023

Writing 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

Focus on Photography, Works from 1950 to Today, Friends and Owen Robertson Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 13-March 8, 2009.

Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, Harteveldt Family Gallery, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, and Northeast Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 22, 2023–May 25, 2024.

Publication History

Emily Shubert Burke, Focus on Photography, Works for 1950 to Today, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2009, p. 15, no. 34.


Studio Malick, Bagadadji-Bamako, Mali; sold to present collection, 2006.

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