Questions of Practice: Visual Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock on the Social Connotations of Dolls

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Visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock has been collecting white dolls for two decades. In 2018, he presented his collection alongside black dolls from the Philadelphia Doll Museum and a new set of his own creation, in the show Moundverse Infants at Temple Contemporary. Hancock says that, as a medium, dolls can provoke surprising feelings of nostalgia and humanity, and the juxtaposition of white and black dolls can be revealing.

In these interview clips, Hancock discusses his interest in dolls as representations of identity and culture, and we hear from Barbara Whiteman, founder and executive director of the Doll Museum, as well as Aida Villanueva, a member of Temple Contemporary’s Young Curators Council.

Hancock discusses the objects he collects and creates, the meanings they carry, and the expectations they can create and subvert.

Questions of Practice: Trenton Doyle Hancock on Dolls as an Artistic Medium

Visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. Filmed at Temple University's Tyler School of Art on June 15, 2018.

Hancock and Villanueva explain how dolls can shift perceptions about identity and power.

Questions of Practice: Trenton Doyle Hancock and Aida Villanueva on How Dolls Can Shift Perceptions

Visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and Young Curators Council member Aida Villanueva. Filmed at Temple University's Tyler School of Art on June 15, 2018.

Hancock and Whiteman talk about the role dolls play in our shared cultural history.

Questions of Practice: Trenton Doyle Hancock and Barbara Whiteman on the Cultural Role of Dolls

Visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and Philadelphia Doll Museum executive director Barbara Whiteman. Filmed at Temple University's Tyler School of Art on June 15, 2018.

Trenton Doyle Hancock is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work has, through a variety of media, explored an extended mythology centering on the Mounds, a group of fictional creatures he created. Select works presented in the Center-supported Moundverse Infants (2018) are currently on view in Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass at MASSMoCA.

 

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