Dartmouth Professors Doug Moody and Mary Coffey talk to artist Fred Wilson and Hood curator Barbara Thompson after a session with their classes.
If the function of an education is to provide students with the analytical skills to understand the world, then the ability to understand works of art and artifacts, to decode their various meanings and appreciate their power to communicate, will be essential to any work they choose to undertake. In this regard, the museum can serve the academic community as a valuable laboratory in which students can develop an understanding of our rich visual culture, both past and present, and of the unique nature of the arts as a complex and powerful means of expression.
The Hood Museum of Art's collection represents a vital curricular resource. Comprised of nearly 65,000 objects, its major works include large reliefs from ancient Assyria, ancient Greek and Roman coins, European and American painting, Native American, African, and Oceanic art and artifacts, and over twenty thousand drawings, prints, watercolors, and photographs. The Hood's Web site provides a useful overview of collection highlights. The Hood also offers many lectures, gallery talks, symposia, and receptions over the course of the year. Just click on the Calendar of Events to access information about these programs.
You can also search the collections for individual works of art on the Hood's online database. Over four thousand works have been visually digitalized and more are added every month.
Last Updated: 2/13/09