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Harrington Gallery

Apache Pull-Toy by artist Bob Haozous, on display in the Harrington Gallery exhibition No Laughing Matter: Visual Humor in Ideas of Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity

The Hood presents teaching exhibitions drawn from its permanent collections once or twice each term in the Harrington Gallery. This gallery was designated for teaching exhibitions in 1990, and since that time the museum has organized seventy-eight exhibitions on such diverse subjects as Northwest Coast Native American art, the history of photography, African textiles, Japanese prints, American political prints, ancient art, paintings and prints for teaching basic design, Melanesian art, mathematics and art, and contemporary art. These exhibitions are a collaborative effort between a museum staff member and a professor. Professors assign students a paper on one or more of the objects or ask them to give a talk on an object to other class members. Sometimes students enrolled in the class are also involved in choosing objects and writing labels for the exhibitions.

Teaching Exhibitions in Harrington Gallery, 2007-8

October 6-December 9, 2007
No Laughing Matter: Visual Humor in Ideas of Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity

This exhibition accompanied Dartmouth College's Humanities Institute of the same name and displayed objects and images that reflect visual humor's role in disseminating ideas of race, nationality, and ethnicity. It included anonymous broadsides, household objects, and comic stereographs, as well as works by eighteenth-century British satirists William Hogarth and James Gillray, nineteenth-century Japanese woodcut artist Yoshimori, French caricaturist Honore Daumier, artist and illustrator Thomas Nast (considered the "father" of the American political cartoon), and many contemporary artists. Select works were loaned from the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.

January 19-April 6, 2008
The Art of Spectatorship: A History of Viewing from the Renaissance to the Present Day
A Harrington Gallery exhibition that was displayed in Albright Gallery

This companion to the course Introduction to Art History II focused on five topics-devotional images, artistic presence in a work of art, voyeurism and the female nude, portrayals of social class and conflict, and artistic quotation and appropriation-surrounding the changing experience of viewing art from the Renaissance to the present day. Images such as Saint Veronica's Sudarium (about sixteenth century), which presents the miraculous transference of Christ's image to Veronica's handkerchief upon route to the crucifixion, appeared alongside Dana Salvo's Mendoza Household Shrine (about 1995), a photograph of a homemade altar with plastic fruits and artificial lights. Another grouping includes images of nude classical goddesses and Reginald Marsh's mid-twentieth-century tempera paintings of a New Jersey striptease. Depictions of class convergence on city streets--by artists ranging from Honore Daumier to John Sloan--further explored the exhibition's themes.


Last Updated: 10/14/08