Teaching and learning are among the primary activities of the Hood Museum of Art, and every year the staff gathers up information on which courses used the collections. Faculty and students use the collection in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding about human society, politics, culture, and science both past and present. In the previous year there were over eleven hundred student visits to the museum's behind-the-scenes classroom, the Bernstein Study-Storage Center, which is located, as the name suggests, in one of the museum's storage areas. There were also forty-eight class visits to the museum's galleries, where student studied the permanent collection objects on display as well as works of art in special exhibitions.
Cynthia Gilliland, Assistant Registrar, reports that she saw the use of the study-storage facility by a wide array of courses including by Dartmouth medical school students as well as courses in Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, French, Film Studies, Japanese, Native American Studies, Religion, Spanish, Studio Art, Women and Gender Studies, and Writing. Professors in such departments as Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, French, Physics, Religion, Spanish, Studio Art, Theater, Women and Gender Studies, and Writing brought students to see work in the galleries.
The museum furthers its aim of expanding the use of the collections and exhibitions for teaching by contacting professors and arranging for special tours of the collections. The museum's curators and outside scholars contribute through sharing their knowledge of specific works in the collection with both faculty and students. Staff conducts this type of activity with the aid of funds from an endowment made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Foundation's Museums and Conservation Program is "engaged in supporting basic research intended to enable curators, conservators, and other professionals to devote intensive study to the objects in their care, and to make their knowledge and professional expertise available to others in new as well as in more traditional ways." The Hood Museum of Art fulfills that intention by integrating its collections as fully as possible into the curriculum of Dartmouth College.
Last Updated: 10/22/08