Wenda Gu, united nations: the green house, 2006, site-specific
installation in Baker Library main hall, Dartmouth College (front view, from
"They are prominently placed, thought provoking, and expand engagement with
art from small circles of enthusiasts to the general campus population."
--Tina Praprotnik '09, writing on Wenda Gu's Baker Library installations in an editorial for The Dartmouth, June 29, 2007
The 2006-7 exhibitions at the Hood Museum of Art demonstrated the museum's commitment to representing a perspective that is global in its embrace of diverse artistic practices and relevant to current global concerns: recycling and sustainability, the effects of war, cultural survival, and perhaps the "hottest" topic, global warming. Three exhibitions, GAWU: El Anatsui and the two presented in celebration of Dartmouth's involvement as a center for International Polar Year (IPY), Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions Within a Changing Environment and Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic, offered contrasting and contemporary interpretations of tradition and change at the earth's equator and at its poles. Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters brought museum visitors to Australia's remote deserts through viewing the immense canvases and bark paintings of Indigenous women artists. The exhibitions and related programs attracted thousands of visitors, encouraged the involvement of many campus and community groups, and left people asking for more. Two site-specific installations rooted in global inter-human connectedness by avant-garde Chinese artist Wenda Gu--united nations: the green house and united nations: united colors--were a fitting conclusion to the year.
In total, the Hood presented fifteen exhibitions in its galleries and a major two-part installation by Wenda Gu in Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College.
Last Updated: 10/23/07