From the Director

September 15, 2020

Dear Hop Friends,

As humans, we're so quick to observe. So fast to draw conclusions. So desperate to have answers. We find confidence in our knowledge. It's in our nature.

But what are we missing when we are so busy trying to know? What questions never get asked?

This extraordinary year tests our ability to live without knowing, to embrace ambiguity, to sit with the inconceivable and to be reminded that with every historic moment of unthinkable darkness, there is potential for revitalizing light.

As we grapple with the daily impact of mounting challenges from interlocking pandemics, we search for each other in spaces that can be safely shared. Those spaces may be at home on a screen, socially distanced in the outdoors, or in a work of art that exposes the unknown and lets us find light in our shared humanity.

At this time in our history when change and uncertainty are the only constants, we offer you the work of these artists who help us ask the questions that matter. Questioning helps us see ourselves and each other more fully, ultimately bringing us to a place of hope. May this shared journey bring us to a place that is better than what we once considered normal, where we can sit with our questions and the choices we make in seeking to answer them.


Mary Lou Aleskie
Howard L. Gilman '44 Director
on behalf of the Hop staff & faculty

While we celebrate our ability to continue sharing the arts at Dartmouth, we acknowledge that the Hopkins Center is situated upon the ancestral and unceded lands of the Abenaki people. We seek to honor and amplify their contributions to our region and to build deeper relationships with the Indigenous peoples who call these lands home.