Participants in the Assyrian conference From Discovery to Dartmouth gather to discuss the Hood’s reliefs.
The Hood Museum of Art presented 35 percent more public programs in 2006-7 than in the previous year. This swell in program activity reflects direct programmatic connections to the exhibitions as well as with topics of interest to our faculty, students, and the broader community. Coupling the talents of our staff with the many interests of our thriving academic neighbors, our programs extended visitors' exhibition experiences both within and beyond our walls. In addition to attracting distinguished speakers, the Hood made Dartmouth faculty and its own staff members accessible to the public through dozens of lectures and gallery talks. Family programs built on the successes of Family Days and Art Ventures to offer self-guided programs for families during school vacation weeks and topical programs for children. This year also saw an increased number of program opportunities for teens.
The programs presented in 2006-7 mirror the global perspective of the exhibition schedule. Lectures by Aqqaluk Lynge, President, Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), Greenland; Bonnie Burnham, President, World Monuments Foundation; artist El Anatsui; and the British Museum's Julian Reade signaled the role that art plays in discussions of global warming, the effects of globalization, and preservation of the world's monuments to human creativity. New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman, The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece author Jonathan Harr, architect Jorge S. Silvetti, and director of the Salvador Dali Museum Hank Hine investigated contemporary and popular ideas about art and museums, and their relationships to the public. Major conferences on Australian Aboriginal art and ancient Assyrian art brought together scholars and the public for in-depth presentations and discussion on these two topics connected to major exhibitions. Connections to Dartmouth's history and the surrounding communities were made with exhibitions and programs on the 1968 student protests, the Dartmouth-born dance ensemble Pilobolus, and especially with Wenda Gu's installations, a tremendously innovative and cooperative endeavor.
In the fall, the Hood made all Family Days and Teen Workshops free, adding them to the museum's long list of programs that are also free, including lectures, gallery talks, receptions, symposia, tours, workshops, and ArtVentures. Fees formerly collected through these programs were used to pay for materials and performances. The switch to free programming is possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and the Friends of Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art. Decent-led tours of the museums collections and exhibitions are always offered free of charge to all school and community groups.
A total of 98 programs were presented between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007, with 6,661 attendees.
Last Updated: 9/19/08