The Denison Museum is a teaching museum with its primary focus on encouraging students and faculty to incorporate art and cultural heritage objects and visual literacy into their courses. As part of our engagement with the academic curriculum, the Denison Museum creates exhibitions from the permanent collection and by bringing in external works to enhance student classroom experiences.
Exhibitions are open to the public.
September 17 - December 14th, 2018
Defining Childhood: Growing up in the US (1860-1940).
We tend to romanticize childhood and see it as a time of innocence, but it was only after World War II that childhood as we understand it today emerged. Depending on who you were and where you grew up, childhood could be filled with play and joy or with hardships, labor, and even fear. This exhibition explores the varieties of childhood in the US between the Civil War and World War II through art and photography by Winslow Homer, Marie Cassatt, Gordon Parks, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Lewis Hine, and other American artists.
1. Lewis Hine, A little spinner in the Mollahan Mills, Newberry, S.C. She was tending her “sides” like a veteran, but after I took the photo, the overseer came up and said in an apologetic tone that was pathetic, “She just happened in.” Then a moment later he repeated the information. The mills appear to be full of youngsters that “just happened in,” or ” are helping sister.” Dec. 3, 1908. Witness Sara R. Hine. Location: Newberry, South Carolina.
2. Frances Benjamin Johnston, At the museum - fourth grade, 1908.
3. Gordon Parks, Haverstraw, New York. Interracial activities at Camp Christmas Seals, where children are aided by the Methodist Camp Service. The end of a swimming period, 1943.
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