Diversity Awareness in Exhibitions, Programs, and the Permanent Collections
The mission of the Hofstra University Museum of Art is to "advance knowledge and understanding through experiences with authentic works of art from the world’s diverse cultures." The Museum’s mission is achieved through collection acquisition and preservation, exhibitions, and interpretive resources.
Naturally connecting to the core mission of the Museum, a commitment to diversity awareness initiatives and programs continues to expand. Each program and endeavor is designed to engage students, faculty, and the public in cultural explorations that further knowledge and understanding of our global society, our shared cultural heritage, as well as making distinct links to our daily lives and communities.
The Hofstra University Museum of Art offers changing exhibitions that explore culturally diverse themes and topics. Each exhibition provides rich opportunities for the Hofstra University community as well as the broader public to study the work of various cultures, artists from other nations and backgrounds, as well as different eras and times. Below are upcoming and recent exhibitions that foster cultural awareness.
- Hidden in Sight: Photographing Incarceration (August 14, 2018 - March 10, 2019, David Filderman Gallery)
- Changing Perceptions: World War I and the Visual Arts (September 4 - December 14, 2018, Emily Lowe Gallery)
- Romare Bearden: Storyteller (January 23 - August 17, 2018, Emily Lowe Gallery)
- Converging Voices: Gender and Identity (May 2 - December 15, 2017, Emily Lowe Gallery)
- Women in Contrast (March 28 - August 18, 2017, David Filderman Gallery)
- Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement (January 31 - April 13, 2017, Emily Lowe Gallery)
- AFRICA: Sub-Saharan Diversity (January 26 - August 12, 2016, Emily Lowe Gallery)
- Enduring Images (May 4, 2015 - January 31, 2016, David Filderman Gallery)
- Past Traditions/ New Voices in Asian Art (September 2 - December 10, 2014, Emily Lowe Gallery)
- Exploring the Centuries: 3rd - 20th Century Asian Art (September 16, 2014 - February 8, 2015, David Filderman Gallery)
- Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections (February 18 - August 29, 2014, David Filderman Gallery)
- Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan (September 30, 2014 - February 2, 2014, David Filderman Gallery)
- We Hold These Truths... (April 16 - July 26, 2013, Emily Lowe Gallery)
- Toward Greater Awareness: Darfur and American Activism (September 4 - December 7, 2012, Emily Lowe Gallery)
- Soweto Art: From the Collection of Violet and Les Payne (February 1 - April 21, 2011, Emily Lowe Gallery)
Focus on the Hofstra University Museum of Art Permanent Collections
The Museum's permanent collections represent the world’s diverse cultures with more than 5,000 works of art dating from 5,000 BCE to the contemporary from six continents. Using these rich resources and thanks to the generosity of the Hofstra University Office of the President and other funders, the Cultural Diversity Awareness Program features a series of posters that highlight works from around the world dating from ancient to modern times.
Democratic Republic of Congo, Kuba people, Helmet Mask, 19th-20th century, Wood, copper, cowrie shells, glass beads, fabric, seed pods, fur and animal hair, Hofstra University Museum Collections, Gift of Josephine and Sol Levitt HU 96.56
Thailand, Thai, Head of Buddha, ca. 16th century, Pink sandstone, 16.125 x 9.5 x 10.25 in., Gift of Herman Kahn, HU 69.8
Cultural Diversity Posters
Using the rich resources of the Hofstra University Museum of Art’s permanent collections and thanks to the generosity of the Hofstra University Office of the President and other funders, the Cultural Diversity Awareness Program featured a series of posters that highlight works from around the world dating from ancient to modern times. Displayed on campus, they provide Hofstra’s students with visually stimulating links to other cultures that promote diversity on campus while enhancing the educational experience. During daily activities such as walking to classes, students will learn about the art, geography, and history of cultures from around the world.
Each poster includes the image of the work of art or object, a map of the area of origin, with a highlighted area indicating the specific country where the work was created, artist information when known, medium, and didactic text and information that help explain the meaning of the work.