Today at the Field, I spent time with this exhibit.
I had never heard of Malvina Hoffman before today, but I believe I have an early memory of being in the gallery that held her collection of sculptures created for the Field in the 1930s--the "Hall of Man"--and only removed from the museum in 1969, due to legitimate concerns about racism based in eugenics, which I suppose all racism is. My memory from childhood is not a happy one; I felt overwhelmed and unsettled that day. Frightened, even, by all the strange others, frozen in time. And today: well, the exhibit stays with me, worries at me. It is a good exhibit in this way--contained and to the point and yet open for interpretation, an Open Door not a closed box, when it comes to galleries. Who was this woman, Malvina Hoffman? Why and how did she do what she did? She travelled the world to make this work. How  did she really feel about it after the fact? She studied with Rodin. She made a living as a sculptor when few women did. I want to know more about Malvina Hoffman and her work, her life, her aging, her death. #malvinahoffman, #fieldmuseum, #sculpture, #sculptures, #bronze, #bronzesculpture, #racism, #eugenics, #history, #art, #travel, #other, #subject, #object, #exhibit, #memory, #women, #artists, #internationalwomensday
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  • khschreckToday at the Field, I spent time with this exhibit.
    I had never heard of Malvina Hoffman before today, but I believe I have an early memory of being in the gallery that held her collection of sculptures created for the Field in the 1930s--the "Hall of Man"--and only removed from the museum in 1969, due to legitimate concerns about racism based in eugenics, which I suppose all racism is. My memory from childhood is not a happy one; I felt overwhelmed and unsettled that day. Frightened, even, by all the strange others, frozen in time. And today: well, the exhibit stays with me, worries at me. It is a good exhibit in this way--contained and to the point and yet open for interpretation, an Open Door not a closed box, when it comes to galleries. Who was this woman, Malvina Hoffman? Why and how did she do what she did? She travelled the world to make this work. How did she really feel about it after the fact? She studied with Rodin. She made a living as a sculptor when few women did. I want to know more about Malvina Hoffman and her work, her life, her aging, her death. #malvinahoffman, #fieldmuseum, #sculpture, #sculptures, #bronze, #bronzesculpture, #racism, #eugenics, #history, #art, #travel, #other, #subject, #object, #exhibit, #memory, #women, #artists, #internationalwomensday

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