“All the publications are top quality that the Hood produces. It’s great to have them because the exhibitions come and go.”--Philip Greene, Hanover resident
The Hood Museum of Art has cultivated an ambitious publishing program over the years, ranging from penetrating book-length studies of collection areas and Hood traveling exhibitions to numerous brochures and gallery guides, including our special series entitled A Space for Dialogue: Fresh Perspectives on the Permanent Collections from Dartmouth's Students. The institution's publications reflect the thriving scholarly community that intersects with the Hood collections on an ongoing basis, comprised of museum curatorial staff, Dartmouth faculty members and students, and colleagues and researchers from other institutions.
In 2006-7, the Hood published four catalogues, four quarterlies, its first annual report, and thirteen collection/exhibition brochures, all answering to its strategic plan, which emphasizes the effective use of its permanent collections. In addition, the institution's publications received several Publications Design Awards from the New England Museum Association's 2007 competition: the 2006-7 Annual Report won second place in the Annual Reports category; Rembrandt: Master of Light and Shadow; Etchings from the Collection of the Hood Museum of Art won an honorable mention in the Exhibition Brochures category; and the 2006 Hood annual brochure won an honorable mention in the Supplementary Materials category.
We have promoted the permanent collection and exhibitions with twenty-four publications in 2006-7:
--Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of
--Protest in Paris 1968: Photographs by Serge Hambourg
--Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment
--American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art
--Rembrandt: Master of Light and Shadow; Etchings from the Collection of
the Hood Museum of Art
--Globalization in Ancient Costa Rican Arts
--Alfredo Jaar: The Eyes of Gutete Emerita
--From Discovery to Dartmouth: The Assyrian Reliefs at the Hood Museum of Art, 1856-2006 (2005)
--Pilobolus Comes Home: Three Decades of Dance Photographs
--Five Space for Dialogue brochures
--Orozco at Dartmouth
--In Celebration of Jan Davidsz. de Heem's Still-Life with Grapes
--Selected Portraits from the Currier Museum of Art
--Wenda Gu brochure for library (done)
--Four issues of the Hood Quarterly, now at sixteen pages
--The Art of Sustainability brochure
--Two teacher brochures, two family guides
--2007 general brochure
--2005-6 Hood Annual Report
Past publications are now fully listed on the Web site, and some brochures, including the Orozco murals brochure and over a dozen Space for Dialogue brochures, are now available via pdf.
The newly designed Hood Web site launched in October 2006 and continues to grow as new content is produced. Some of the features that have been added are: a comprehensive and still developing browseable collections overview; new "plan your visit" and "support the Hood" sections with better and more complete information and links; expanded exhibition features and coverage, including audio and video of interviews, for example an interview between curator Barbara Thompson and artist El Anatsui; expanded information for regional schoolteachers, including downloadable pdfs of workshop registration forms; online and downloadable pdf photo request forms and policies; video clips of museum building construction and twentieth-anniversary interviews; quarterly, annual report, and general brochure downloadable pdfs; press room page; staff directory; museum shop page; and publications page. We continue to add new features, including 360-degree views of the galleries for all exhibitions.
The Hood Web site continues to grow, with more detailed information about the permanent collections, especially the sections on African and Native American art, as well as downloadable audio files for all museum events, including lectures, gallery talks, and even the entire Saint-Gaudens symposium this past summer. It also features panoramic views of selected exhibitions. The site's home page was recently redesigned to direct visitors more effectively, and quick links now appear on every page of the site to further enhance navigation.
Last Updated: 10/15/07