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Gurminder Sikand Tree Spirits 1991

Exhibition: The Goddess, the Deity & the Cyborg

Drawing from the works in The Women’s Art Collection as well as loans from public and private collections, the exhibition explores the enduring appeal of the goddess and traces how artists have adapted and even transformed the goddess into an ambiguous figure undefined by gender or even bodily form.

A group of indigenous women in Mexico.

A woman in the field: Susan Drucker-Brown’s photographs and anthropological fieldnotes (Mexico 1957-1958)

Mon 22 April - Fri 31 May

Alison Richard Building

This exhibition, curated and researched by Paula López Caballero, displays photographs and ethnographic fieldnotes produced by Cambridge-based anthropologist Susan Drucker-Brown (1936-2023) in the Mixtec-speaking village of Jamiltepec (Oaxaca, Mexico) in 1957 and 1958. She was one of the first women anthropologists in Mexico, and a pioneer in the study of women’s clothing and the changes they were undergoing, with the replacement of handmade (loom) clothing by industrial one.

The exhibition not only presents this little-known aspect of Drucker-Brown’s work. It also invites us to reflect on three aspects: Firstly, the processes of mestizaje, indigeneity and modernisation experienced in Mexico in the mid-twentieth century at an indigenous and rural locality. Secondly, the everyday life of ethnographic research and, in particular, the role of women in fieldwork. And thirdly, the afterlives of the materials produced during fieldwork, either as collections in museums or archives, or as part of restitution processes to the villages where the anthropologists worked.

Join us for refreshments and an exhibition tour from 18:00 - 19:00 on 22 April.

Cost: free

Enquiries and booking

Enquiries: Judith Weik Website Email: enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk


In person

9:00am-7:00pm on weekdays from Monday 22 April until Friday 31 May (except on Bank Holidays)

All times

Mon 22 April 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Tue 23 April 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Wed 24 April 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Thu 25 April 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Fri 26 April 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Mon 29 April 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Tue 30 April 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Wed 1 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Thu 2 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Fri 3 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Tue 7 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Wed 8 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Thu 9 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Fri 10 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Mon 13 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Tue 14 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Wed 15 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Thu 16 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Fri 17 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Mon 20 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Tue 21 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
TodayWed 22 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Thu 23 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Fri 24 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Tue 28 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Wed 29 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Thu 30 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Fri 31 May 9:00AM - 7:00PM


Address: Alison Richard Building
All levels
Sidgwick Site
7 West Road
United Kingdom
Email: enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk