SHORT TALKS ON BIG IDEAS
Episode 5: Professor Mary Coffey on Orozco's American Epic
Join Professor of Art History Mary Coffey, as she takes us on a journey through the Baker Library lower level reading room to learn more about one of Dartmouth’s most treasured works, The Epic of American Civilization.
Professor Mary Coffey
Mary Coffey specializes in the history of modern Mexican visual culture, with an emphasis on Mexican muralism and the politics of exhibition. She also publishes in the fields of American art, Latin American cultural studies, and museum studies. She has published essays on a broad range of visual culture, from Mexican folk art to motorcycles to eugenics exhibitions. Coffey studied Art History and Cultural Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the faculty at Dartmouth she taught at Pomona College (1999-2001) and was a Faculty Fellow and Internship Coordinator at New York University's Graduate Program in Museum Studies (2001-2004).
"Orozco’s American Epic: Myth, History, and the Melancholy of Race
Durham: Duke University Press, 2020, Mary Coffey
"Orozco at Dartmouth: The Epic of American Civilization"
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth Libraries (Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007), 12-15.
View the Orozco Murals