Book Discussion/Hood Museum Exhibit Tour: Rabbit-Proof Fence
Registration required after January 14; call Howe Library at 603-643-4120
Howe Library and the Hood Museum of Art will hold a book discussion and gallery tour at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6 in the Hood Museum's second-floor galleries. Participants will discuss Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington and will engage in a spotlight tour of the exhibition Crossing Cultures with Stephen Gilchrist, Curator of Indigenous Australian Art.
Space is limited to 16 participants, and those interested should pre-register with Howe Library after January 14 by calling 603-643-4120. Copies of the book will be available at Howe Library in early January.
Rabbit-Proof Fence is a striking, personal account based on the true story of the author's mother and aunt and their cousin, who were members of Australia's "Stolen Generation": children of Indigenous Australian descent who were taken from their families by government agencies and church missions in the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries. Molly Craig, Daisy Craig, and Gracie Fields, aged 14, 8, and 10, escape from a government settlement where they have been kept away from their families and, with no maps or compasses, use a massive pest-control fence stretching across Western Australia to navigate their way home across harsh terrain on foot. The book was made into a film with Kenneth Branaugh in 2002 and won several awards in Australia and internationally.
Crossing Cultures highlights the extraordinary Owen and Wagner Collection at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, through its display of more than one hundred works of contemporary Indigenous art from Australia. These objects span five decades of creative activity and represent the many art-making practices of Aboriginal peoples across the Australian continent. This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and generously supported by Kate and Yaz Krehbiel, Class of 1991, Thayer 1992, Hugh J. Freund, Class of 1967, the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund, and the Philip Fowler 1927 Memorial Fund. It will run until March 10, 2013.
Image credit: Walangkura Napanangka, Pintupi, Lupul, 2005, acrylic on canvas. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; 2009.92.321. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia
Date: February 6, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hood Museum of Art second-floor galleries