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Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
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Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth

El Anatsui, HovorMagdalene Odundo, UntitledRichard Ernst Artschwager, ArchMark Rothko, No. 8Hannes Beckmann, Muted CenterEdward Joseph Ruscha, Standard StationElizabeth King, Idea for a Mechanical EyeDorothea Tanning, To The RescueAlice Neel, Portrait of Daniel Algis AlkaitisBill Viola, The Quintet of the Silent

Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art

September 26, 2009, through March 14, 2010

The third in a series of comprehensive exhibitions and catalogues showcasing the permanent collection, this exhibition surveys the breadth and depth of the permanent collection and highlights key works from the holdings, only a tiny fraction of which are on view in the museum's galleries at any one time. Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth focuses on post-1945 painting, sculpture, works on paper, new media, and photography, and includes works by Mark Rothko, Ed Ruscha, Alice Neel, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, El Anatsui, Juan Munoz, Alison Saar, Amir Nour, Bob Haozous, Richard Serra, and Bill Viola, among others.

Generously funded by Hugh Freund '67, Margaret Fellner Hunt '78, Richard Reiss Jr. '66 and Bonnie F. Reiss P'83, Stephen A. Lister '63, Anne A. and Russell K. Mayerfeld P'08, the Homma Educational Access Fund, and the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund.

Press Release

Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth Catalogue

The catalogue is available from the Museum Shop or the University Press of New England.

Exhibition Panoramas

Morden and Contemporary Art Panoramas

Click here for gallery panoramas of Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth.

Related Events

12 September, Saturday, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. and 1:00-3:00 P.M.
FAMILY WORKSHOP
Op! Pop! Art That Plays with Your Eyes

Experience eye-popping paintings in this special exhibition of Op, or Optical, Art. Using puzzles and games, we’ll learn how artists use color, lines, and shape to create a range of optical illusions. In the studio, we’ll create our own Op Art pieces to dazzle the eye. For children ages 6-10 and their adult companions. This program is offered at two different times. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 to register.

23 September, Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
ADULT WORKSHOP
Op Art: Playing with Perception

Op Art, or Optical Art, plays with the way our eyes perceive color, line, and shape. In this discussion- based workshop, participants will explore how artists use optical techniques to express complex and often poetic ideas. In the studio, we’ll experiment with these techniques to create our own abstract works. No previous art experience necessary. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 to register.

5-26 October, Mondays, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
ART COURSE FOR MEMBERS
Modern and Contemporary Art: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art

This fall, the Hood Museum of Art will offer the second in a series of museum courses for its members. This four-week session will explore Op Art of the 1960s and focus on works in the Hood’s collection by Sean Scully, Ed Ruscha, and others. The course will be led by Director Brian Kennedy and Hood staff members. To register, call (603) 646-9660 or email hoodmembership@dartmouth.edu. The cost is $100 per person and includes all materials and an exhibition catalogue.

7 October, Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
TEEN WORKSHOP
Op Art: Can you believe what you see?

This workshop will explore Optical Art, also known as Op Art, a type of art that makes use of optical illusions. By using just line, color, pattern, or geometrics, artists create works that fool our minds and eyes. In the gallery, participants will learn about the science, ideas, and artists behind this vibrant art style. Then they’ll head to the studio to create their own Op Art. For teens ages 14-19. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646- 1469 to register.

10 October, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art with Hood Director Brian Kennedy

16 October, Friday, 4:30 P.M.
OPENING LECTURE / THE DR. ALLEN W. ROOT CONTEMPORARY ART DISTINGUISHED LECTURE AND RECEPTION
Abstraction, Color, and Allusion: A Circuitous Path from Abstract Expressionism to the Present

Curator and critic Karen Wilkin will discuss a “new tradition” of abstract painting based on the expressive resonance of color relationships that evolved in the U.S. in the wake of World War II. Wilkin will explore the diverse manifestations of this approach, its origins in abstract expressionism, and the reactions it provoked.

17 October, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of the Perceptual Painting Installation in Harrington Gallery

20 October, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK Click here to listen
Reactions to Abstraction

Brian Kennedy, Director, will introduce the exhibition Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth, focusing on abstract paintings.

4 November, Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
TEEN WORKSHOP
Visual Conversations: Modern and Contemporary Art

This workshop will introduce participants to a method of interpreting art that is based on careful observation and analysis. Using this technique we will explore a selection of the larger paintings and sculpture from Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth and reflect on the ways they relate to each other. In the studio participants will create expressive works of their own. For teens ages 14-19. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 to register.

8 November, Sunday, 12:00-5:00 P.M.
FAMILY DAY
Discover Modern Art!

Spend the afternoon exploring modern art from all over the world. You’ll discover huge objects, unusual materials, and lots of creative ideas. Written guides and activities will help you look and learn in the galleries. Then, join us in the studio to experiment with some modern art making ideas of your own. For children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. No preregistration is required.

10 November, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Students on Contemporary Sculpture

Dartmouth students introduce contemporary sculptures on view in Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth. Presented by the Hopkins Center with support from the Hood Museum of Art.

14 November, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art

18 November, Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
ADULT WORKSHOP
Learning to Look at Contemporary Art

This informal, discussion-based workshop is designed to introduce adults to techniques for exploring and appreciating contemporary art. No previous art experience is necessary. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 to register.

1 December, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
The Neural Basis of Vasarely’s Brightness Illusions

Peter Ulric Tse, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, describes the neural bases of visual perception in Op Art and the effect of enhancing brightness in Victor de Vasarely’s paintings.

5 December, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of the Perceptual Painting Installation in Harrington Gallery

11 January-1 February, Mondays, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
ART COURSE FOR MEMBERS
Modern and Contemporary Art: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art

This four-week session, open to members only, will explore Op Art of the 1960s as well as works in the Hood’s collection by Sean Scully, Ed Ruscha, and others. Led by Director Brian Kennedy and Hood staff members.To register, call (603) 646-9660 or email hoodmembership@dartmouth.edu. The cost is $100 per person and includes all materials and an exhibition catalogue.

13 January,Wednesday, 6:30–8:00 P.M.
ADULT WORKSHOP
What Is It About?

Contemporary art can be challenging—and exciting. In this discussion-based workshop, participants will explore works of art from Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth and increase their skills, confidence, and enjoyment in exploring contemporary art. No previous art experience necessary. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 to register.

16 January, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
INTRODUCTORY TOUR
Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth

20 January, Wednesday, 5:30 P.M.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium and Hood Galleries
WINTER WEDNESDAYS AT THE HOOD
Join us for a special screening of the documentary film Running Fence (1978, 58 mins.) about the creation of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s twenty-four-mile fence of white sail fabric over the hills of California, documented in a work of art in Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth. Discussion of the film and a brief introduction to the exhibition with Katherine Hart, Associate Director and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, will follow. Also enjoy our permanent collection highlights, special exhibitions, light refreshments, and door prizes.

2 February,Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Botero’s Butcher Window: Cute or Creepy?

Mary Coffey, Assistant Professor, North American and Latin American Art, Art History Department, Dartmouth College

5 February, Friday, 4:30 P.M.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
ARTIST LECTURE
Everything Is Separated by Water: The Work of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, artist and professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

8 February, Monday, 4:30-6:00 P.M.
Cook Auditorium, Murdough Center at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
MONTGOMERY FELLOW LECTURE
Christo: Two Works in Progress: Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado; The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates

Renowned for their environmental works of art, Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude’s oeuvre includes the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris; the twenty-four-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin Counties in California; and The Gates in New York City’s Central Park. Christo’s Montgomery Fellowship is made possible by the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment.

9 February,Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Ruscha’s Gas Station: The Global and Local Landscapes of Standard Oil

Mona Domosh, The Joan P. and Edward J. Foley Jr. Professor of Geography, Dartmouth College, will contextualize Ruscha’s painting by examining it in relationship to America’s midcentury automobile landscapes.

13 February, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
SPECIAL TOUR
Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth

Brian Kennedy, Director

24 February,Wednesday, 5:30 P.M.
WINTER WEDNESDAYS AT THE HOOD
Join us for a special evening of art and music by exploring Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth with Brian Kennedy, Director of the Hood Museum of Art, and Fred Haas, saxophonist. Also enjoy our permanent collection highlights, special exhibitions, light refreshments, and door prizes.

6 March, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
INTRODUCTORY TOUR
Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth

7 March, Sunday, 12:00-5:00 P.M.
FAMILY DAY
Discover Modern Art!

Spend the afternoon exploring modern art from all over the world. Written guides will help you look and learn in the galleries. Then, in the studio, experiment with paint and mixed materials to make modern art of your own. For children ages 6–12 and their adult companions. No preregistration is required. This popular program is a repeat of the November event.

Last Updated: 6/2/10