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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Quarterly Calendar of Events

Creating art during a recent family day program.

Dartmouth Student Winter Party

Adult Workshop in the Orozco Room

Children's Workshop

All lectures are held in the Hood Museum of Art Auditorium on the lower level of the museum. All events meet in the Hood galleries and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Click here (PDF) to download the printed version of the spring 2015 Hood Quarterly.

Click here (PDF) to download the museum's 2015 general brochure, which includes information about all of the year's exhibitions.

The museum's interactive Google calendar can be found below the schedule of events.



1 April, Wednesday, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Learning to Look: José Clemente Orozco's Mural
From 1932 to 1934, Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco painted The Epic of American Civilization, an ambitious mural in Baker Library. Come and explore this mural—now a national historic landmark—and learn techniques for interpreting any work of art. This workshop is discussion-based and participatory. Registration is free, but space is limited. Registration information coming soon. Click here to register by March 30.


8 April, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
“A Portable State: Murals, Prefabrication, and Politics in Mexico”
Luis M. Castañeda, Syracuse University, Art and Music Histories, Faculty Member
Throughout the twentieth century, murals remained primary elements in the infrastructure of public education in Mexico. This lecture examines the centrality of these multifarious works of art to the aesthetic and political agendas of official spaces of cultural production. A reception will follow in Kim Gallery.


11 April, Saturday
Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. Please visit the museum to use self-guiding resources and/or to participate in the following events:

2:00 p.m.
About Face: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art

3:00 p.m.
Learning to Look
This participatory session will empower visitors to observe carefully and think critically about any work of art.


21–24 April, daily
Victor Ekpuk: Drawing Performance
In conjunction with the exhibition Auto-Graphics, Ekpuk will draw a work directly on the Lathrop Gallery wall. Stop by any morning after 10 a.m., Tuesday through Friday, or after 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, to watch Victor Ekpuk's wall drawing performance.


23 April, Thursday, 12:30 p.m.
Tour and Lunch with Artist Victor Ekpuk
Join artist Victor Ekpuk and Curator of African Art Smooth Nzewi for an intimate look at the artist’s installation in Lathrop Gallery, followed by lunch and discussion in the conference room. Registration is required. $25.00 per person. Open to current members. To register, call (603) 646-0414 or email Space is limited.


24 April, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
“Excavating Memories”
Victor Ekpuk, artist
Ekpuk will discuss how he mines historical, cultural, and social memories to shape his aesthetics. A reception will follow in Kim Gallery.


25 April, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Second-floor galleries
Auto-Graphics: Works by Victor Ekpuk
Allyson Purpura, Curator of African Arts at the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and curator of Auto-Graphics, will lead a tour exploring the works on view and ideas behind the exhibition.


25 April, Saturday, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Experimenting with Line
Explore the work of Nigerian born artist Victor Ekpuk, whose contemporary art is inspired by ancient symbols. In the studio, make large drawings filled with your own symbols and line designs. For children ages 7–12 and their adult companions. Enrollment is free, but limited. Click here to register by April 23.


29 April, Wednesday, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
The Hand-Drawn Line: Works by Victor Ekpuk
Join this discussion-based workshop to explore how contemporary Nigerian born artist Victor Ekpuk uses compositional elements to create works that are at once bold and restrained. In the studio, experiment with materials to create your own work inspired by the exhibition. No previous art experience necessary. Participation is limited. Click here to register by April 27.



7 May, Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
“Self-Portraiture and the Construction of Identity”
This panel discussion will feature noted contemporary artists Martín Gutierrez, Wendy Red Star, and Renée Stout, whose work is included in About Face: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art. A reception will follow in Kim Gallery.


13 May, Wednesday, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Learning to Look at European Art
Explore European collection highlights, from a Renaissance altarpiece to an early cubist painting by Picasso, and learn techniques to appreciate any work of art you encounter. No previous art experience necessary. The workshop will be discussion-based and participatory. Enrollment is limited. Click here to register by May 11.


15 May, Friday, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Ukara: Ritual Cloth of the Ekpe Secret Society
Introductory Remarks, Panel Discussion, and Performance Eli Bentor, Professor of Art History at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, will speak briefly on the history of ukara cloth and moderate a discussion with five members of the Ekpe secret society from Maryland. A performance by the Ekpe members and reception will follow in Lathrop and Kim Galleries, respectively.


16 May, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Auto-Graphics: Works by Victor Ekpuk


20 May, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
Watermark (2013, 92 mins.)
This feature documentary from multiple-award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water. Amelia Kahl, Coordinator of Academic Programming and curator of Water Ways: Tension and Flow, will introduce the film.


21 May, Thursday, 5:00 p.m.
Rockefeller Center
“What Weaponized Shark Teeth Can Tell Us about Coral Reefs in Pre-colonial Kiribati”
Joshua Drew, Faculty Member, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University


26 May, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
“Marks and Mark-Making in Afro-diasporic Art”
Michael Chaney, Associate Professor, Vice Chair, English Department, Dartmouth College
This informal presentation links both the contemporary artwork of Victor Ekpuk and traditional ukara cloths to an unlikely analog in the hybrid production of nineteenth-century slave artisan Dave the Potter. As with the strange writing inscribed on the sides of Dave the Potter’s jars, the coded writing system known as nsibidi opens up our understanding of diasporic art and the principles of communication embodied in it.


26 May, Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. (lecture) and 5:30 p.m. (film)
“Testimony and Southern Rites”
Gillian Laub, photographer and documentary filmmaker Laub will speak about two projects—one making portraits of Israeli Jews and Arabs, Palestinians, and displaced Lebanese, and the other photographing teenagers in Vernon, Georgia, who participated in segregated proms through 2009, despite attending high schools that desegregated in 1971. The lecture will be followed by Laub’s new HBO documentary film Southern Rites, based on the latter project. Cosponsored by the Hood Museum of Art and the Studio Art and Film and Media Studies Departments. Funded through a gift from Marina and Andrew Lewin ’81.



10 June, Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Outdoor Sculpture Walk 
Explore sculpture from the museum’s collection located on campus, and consider not only what these works communicate but also how they activate the outdoor spaces they occupy. Back in the studio, make small sculptures to take home. No previous art experience necessary. Enrollment is limited. Click here to register by June 8.


13 June, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Auto-Graphics: Works by Victor Ekpuk
Smooth Nzewi, Curator of African Art


16 June, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
“Memory and Victor Ekpuk’s Wall Drawings”
Smooth Nzewi, Curator of African Art


Free guided tours of the museum’s collections and exhibitions are available by appointment for any group of five or more. Contact us at (603) 646-1469 or


Last Updated: 4/15/15