The Trout Gallery recently acquired Harem 14c (2009), above, by the noted Moroccan photographer, Lalla Essaydi. 

Lalla Essaydi’s career as an artist has encompassed painting, mixed media, and video, but recently she has devoted herself to photography, and to explorations of the image of woman in Islamic society. Essaydi was raised in Morocco, spent many years in Saudi Arabia, and educated in Europe and the United States. Her first major photographic series was Converging Territories (2002-4), which depicted Islamic women and children in an unoccupied house where Essaydi was once confined for long spells as a child, whenever she was disobedient. This was followed by Les Femmes du Maroc (2005-7), which explores the charged rhetoric of veiling and revealing which surrounds Islamic women. The women in Les Femmes du Maroc are entirely enveloped in Islamic calligraphy—writing, applied in henna, which adorns their skin, their robes, and the interiors that surround them. The text seems to entrap the women, and yet it is a form of decoration which marks some of the happiest and most significant moments of an Islamic woman’s life. Essaydi’s photography provides a contemporary reflection on an iconography that stretches at least as far back as the Orientalist imagery of nineteenth-century artists such as Ingres, Delacroix, and Gérôme. More recently Essaydi has produced a series of pictures in a former harem in Morocco, often swathing her subjects in robes which closely echo the decorative tiles that wall the complex. “In my art,” Essaydi says, “I wish to present myself through multiple lenses—as artist, as Moroccan, as Saudi, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite the viewer to resist stereotypes.”

This work was selected by the museum's student representatives: Talia Amorosano '17, Taylor Hunkins '17, and Stephanie Teeuwen '20. Funding provided by Friends of The Trout Gallery. 


PSMLA 2017 Merit Award The Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) selects The Trout Gallery for its 2017 Merit Award in support of world languages for its work in connecting language and art. Heather Flaherty (Curator of Education) will receive this award on behalf of the museum's education program on October 5, 2017.


AAMG Annual Conference 2017: University of Oregon

On June 23, The Trout Gallery and Dickinson College was well represented at the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG)'s annual conference. Heather Flaherty (Curator of Education, The Trout Gallery), Erin McNulty Diaz (Assistant Professor of Spanish, Dickinson College), and Giulia Pagano '17 (Spanish Major, Dickinson College) presented papers in the session "Language Class Visits," joining colleagues from the Yale University Art Museum, Tuffs University Art Gallery, and the Princeton University Art Museum.