There are many exciting things to see when you visit the Hood, both inside and outside. From the rich selections of American, ancient, European, African, Oceanic, and Native American art on the first floor of the museum to the provocative changing special exhibitions and contemporary art highlights on the second floor, the famous Orozco murals, the outdoor sculpture on campus, and the postmodern architecture of the museum building itself, there is something for every interest.
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The Hood preserves 65,000 works of art representing a broad range of cultural areas and historical periods from ancient civilizations, Asia, America, Europe, Africa, Papua New Guinea, and many other regions of the world. Highlights include the magnificent ninth-century BCE reliefs from the Assyrian palace of Ashurnasirpal II. Selections that are always on view encompass ancient, Asian, and European prints, paintings, and sculpture, American colonial silver and paintings and sculpture to 1948, and major works of modern and contemporary art. The collections of Oceanic, Native American, and African art rotate throughout the year.
One the greatest treasures of the Hood Museum of Art collection is the ambitious mural The Epic of American Civilization, painted by the Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934 in the reserve corridor of Dartmouth College's Baker-Berry Library. Offering a complex and compelling narrative that covers the history of the Americas from the migration of the Aztecs into central Mexico to the development of our modern industrialized society, the mural is composed of twenty-four individual panels, or "scenes," and covers approximately 3,200 square feet. One of Orozco's greatest works, The Epic of American Civilization must also be counted among the finest examples of mural painting in this country.
"Throughout the museum," wrote Charles Moore in his essay "Planning the Hood Museum of Art," "we were excited by the prospect of organizing some of the small rooms into the equivalents of the long gallery in stately British homes of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. There would be a vista down the whole gallery, so that the whole would be considerably more than the sum of its parts." The museum, completed in 1985, contains ten galleries, the Hood Museum of Art Auditorium, the Sanders Seminar Room, professional offices, Bernstein Study-Storage, and the Bedford Courtyard.
Outside the walls of the Hood, the collection continues with a number of important paintings and sculptures. The public works include outdoor sculpture by Mark DiSuervo, Joel Shapiro, and Beverly Pepper.
Last Updated: 8/13/13