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Current Exhibit

Between Girls: A Passage to Womanhood

October 13-November 17, 2015

Artist and President's Reception
October 23, 5:00-6:30 p.m.


Between Girls: A Passage to Womanhood 1985-2015 is a visual study about friendship among women. The project explores the emotional bonding between girls at sixteen and their identities as women today.

In 1985, Karen Marshall (F75) began photographing a group of teenagers in New York City. Her intent was to look at the emotional bonding that happens between girls at age 16 and document the emblematic relationships that often develop at this time in their lives.  

The endeavor evolved into a 30-year meditation on friendship. 

After being introduced to Molly Brover, a high school junior, Marshall began spending time with the teenagers on a regular basis and photographing the mundane rituals of their friendship.    

Ten months later, Molly was hit by a car and killed while on vacation in Cape Cod. Devastated, but resolved to keep the project going, Marshall realized that Molly would remain 17, and the rest of them would become women. It is the main reason why Marshall continued to record the girls in various ways over the years to come.  

What began with 35mm black and white photographs expanded into an exhibition that includes audio interviews recorded in 1990 when they were 20 years old, a three-screen video of interviews shot when they were 39, and a collection of small books and ephemera that explore the three-decade archive.

Karen Marshall is a member of the Fall 75 entering class at Hampshire College. Her primary focus during her time as a student was photography.


Location and Hours

The gallery is located in the lower level of the Harold F. Johnson Library building.

During the academic year the gallery is open:

Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday
Sunday 2-5 p.m.

Related Links

Institute for Curatorial Practice 

Magic Board Digital Gallery 

Hampshire College Archives 

Barbara Mettler Digital Archive 

Lisle History of Photography Digital Archive 

Zine Blog 

Five College Museums Collections Database 

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Images from Past Exhibits

Detail from Emily Brodrick's Div III Exhibit
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