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The Collections

Featured Collection: Scientific Instruments

The Dartmouth Collection of Scientific Instruments dates from the founding of the College in 1769. It mirrors the development of American science in an academic setting, from the early days of the Republic through the Cold War.

José Clemente Orozco: The Epic of American Civilization

The Epic of American Civilization is an extensive mural cycle created by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934. One of Orozco’s finest creations and one of Dartmouth’s most treasured works, it was designated a national historic landmark in 2013.

Featured Collection: Ledger Drawings

Within the Hood’s significant holdings of Native American art, the Mark Lansburgh collection of ledger drawings, dating from the middle to the end of the nineteenth century and created by well-known warrior-artists such as Howling Wolf, Chief Killer, Short Bull, and Wooden Leg, is a vital aspect of the Hood’s Plains collection. Both in their artistic excellence and in their social and historical value, these drawings serve as a vital record of cultural survival and transformation.

Featured Collection: Japanese Prints

The Hood’s collection of more than three hundred Japanese woodblock prints is a valuable teaching resource.

Featured Collection: Environmental Art

In keeping with Dartmouth’s longstanding leadership in teaching and research related to climate and the environment, the Hood Museum of Art has developed significant holdings of art that touches on these themes, particularly in the area of contemporary photography, with works by Subhankar Banerjee, Virginia Beahan,

Recent Acquisitions: Attributed to William Hart, Tannery in the Catskills, about early 1850s

Recent Acquisitions: Kiki Smith, Hoarfrost with Rabbit, 2014

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2015

Kiki Smith, Hoarfrost with Rabbit [now titled Refuge], 2014, stainless steel

I trust my work. It’s a collaboration with the material, and when it’s viewed, it’s a collaboration with the world. What your work is resides in between those different spaces.
—Kiki Smith, 2005

Community of Learners: Creating Effective Educational Resources for the Native American Collections

Recent Acquisitions: Chike Obeagu, City Scape and City Dwellers II, 2015

Witness: A Recent Acquisition’s Transformative Engagement

Hood Quarterly, summer 2015
Juliette Bianco, Interim Director

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