Art at Dartmouth!
Another week at Dartmouth, another brand new collection of art to appreciate! New art pieces have been popping all around Dartmouth. From the library to the Green to the Hood Museum, art is all around the campus. I've greatly enjoyed taking a couple of minutes to and from class to examine and analyze the art, and because art is meant to be shared, I thought I'd share my thoughts with you!
- No. 1
Look Me in the Eyes
The first piece I want to discuss is titled Look Me in the Eyes by Jorge Carlos Álvarez. This artwork is really a series of photos hung on a wall in the first floor of Berry Library. The photographs depict images of Mexican and Central American people and immigrants with all sorts of facial expressions and gestures. These images demand viewers’ full attention and, as Alvarez’s website states, that’s the entire point. Alvarez intends to have the audience look at the photo’s subject straight in their eyes and recognize the humanity of each and every individual.
This artwork doesn't just capture powerful images, it also takes on political significance given the polarizing, anti-immigrant rhetoric disseminated by the president. But this artwork urges Dartmouth students to go beyond those narratives and recognize the dignity and individuality of all immigrants south of the border.
- No. 2
This artwork was placed in multiple locations surrounding the Green, including on the lawn in front of Dartmouth Hall and Baker Library. This temporary art series is titled Flower Garden and was organized entirely by the Office of Sustainability. A simple look at the photograph above will clue you in on the office’s central role in coordinating this display of public art. Indeed, the “flowers” scattered around the front lawn of Baker are not traditional flowers, they’re actually bike wheels. This piece of art similarly carries a significant message which, I’ve determined, highlights the importance of recycling already-used items and keeping our planet clean and beautiful.
- No. 3
The third and final piece of artwork - which is really more of an exhibit - is a student-curated exhibition at the Hood Museum. Armando Pulido, ‘19, is one of seven senior interns who had the opportunity to independently organize a small gallery, which was showcased last Friday. I had the opportunity to attend the reception and, of course, enter the museum to observe Armando’s exhibition titled Los Mojados (“Wetbacks”): Migrant Bodies & Latinx Identities. The central piece of the exhibit - pictured above - depicts a stranded backpack by the border of Calexico, California. This piece alludes to the risks and perilous journey of border crossing and urges the viewer to consider the circumstances under which people would migrate. Moreover, the entire exhibit ultimately seeks to reclaim the term "wetback" and redefine the dominant narratives associated with immigration.