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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Thel is an important work of abstract sculpture by internationally renowned American artist Beverly Pepper, born in 1924. Completed in 1977, Thel sits outside the Sherman Fairchild Physical Science Center on campus, rising from the ground in four separate triangular structures. The artist used white for the sculpture to evoke the traditional white buildings and churches of the area and the winter snow.

Mark di Suvero’s X-Delta is a major work by this highly regarded sculptor. Now situated at the north side of Baker-Berry Library, X-Delta was completed in 1969. It was originally exhibited in the Whitney Annual in 1970 at the Whitney Museum of American Art and was installed at Dartmouth College in 1976. This monumental iron I-beam construction is characteristic of the artist’s work, which follows the contructivist tradition of using industrial fabrication methods. Like many of the artist’s monuments, X-Delta contains an element, in this case a platform or “bed,” suspended by a cable.

A monumental twenty-one-foot bronze sculpture by internationally-known artist Joel Shapiro is the centerpiece of the Hood’s Bedford Courtyard. Cast in bronze and weighing more than four thousand pounds, Untitled represents the largest public sculpture ever executed by Shapiro. Its rectangular beams suggest the torso and outstretched limbs of a whimsical, dancing figure. The sculpture was installed at the Hood in October 1990.

On October 7, 2007, President James Wright, the Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth College, and the Hood Museum of Art joined guests for the unveiling of an Allan Houser (1914-1994) sculpture, Peaceful Serenity (1992), in front of the Sherman House. This bronze-plated sculpture was recently acquired by the Hood Museum of Art through the generosity of Mary Alice Kean Raynolds and David R. W. Raynolds '49. Allan Houser, the first Chiricahua Apache child in his family born out of captivity in the twentieth century, is regarded as one of the century's most important Native American artists. He came to Dartmouth College as artist-in-residence in 1979 and in the last two decades of his life produced almost one thousand realistic and abstract sculptures in stone, wood, and bronze. Houser's unique style fused Native American themes with streamlined modernist sensibilities in which both positive and negative space evoke action, emotion, and relationship, as evident in Peaceful Serenity, an abstract representation of a mother and her children.

Last Updated: 1/28/15