Object Stories

A New Hope: Dali and Surrealism

It seems as though in recent months after any bad thing happens, it’s required to say something like “Yeah, 2020’s rough.” The connection between something tragic occurring and this year frustrates me.  While I’m urged to say that correlation isn’t causation, and the Gregorian calendar cannot be blamed for societal calamity, this frustration remains because …

Creative Kids

Art Activity: Social Justice Bus

Art Activity: Social Justice Bus   Recently, The Trout Gallery had the chance to talk to the artist Steve Prince.  Prince believes that art can play an important part in bringing people together to support important causes.  That’s why his art pictures often focus on things like taking care of the environment, treating people equally …

Tales From the Vault

True Blue

Well, it’s been a while since our last Tales from the Vault — things behind the scenes at the museum have been busy with virtual gallery installations, cataloguing, updating collections databases, and matting and framing future exhibitions. Not that I haven’t been thinking about this column during this busy stretch, though. In fact, one item …

Soul Food

Pausing For Fall

During an ordinary year at Dickinson, this long weekend—the midpoint break of Fall Pause—would be full of movement and smiles. Students would go home for some well-deserved rest, travel with friends, or relax in the quiet on-campus. Now, with the semester online, any plans are uncertain—and the stress of midterms lingers on.   Are you …

Soul Food

Unintentional Art

Unintentional Art is a developing image and text based dialogue series that can be found across The Trout Gallery’s social media. The photo series was created by our 2020 Trout Gallery Student Assistants as an assignment in our Training Week. In teams, our students submitted different proposals for social media engagement. Danielle Paz, a Spanish …

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From The Educator's Desk Object Stories Uncategorized

Iran, Islam, and an Illumination: The Case of the Triangular Frame

In 1965 The Trout Gallery acquired a beautiful illuminated miniature featuring Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.  Little was known of this miniature at the time, but in 2017 a visiting professor of Islamic Art approached The Trout Gallery about using the object in one of her classes.  During her session at The Gallery, she identified the …