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Men of Fire

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José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock

April 7 through June 17, 2012

In 1936, Jackson Pollock traveled to Dartmouth College to view José Clemente Orozco's monumental fresco The Epic of American Civilization (1932-34). The deep impact that Orozco's imagery had on the young Pollock is demonstrated in this revelatory exhibition, which brings together for the first time the drawings and paintings of two of the most famous artists of the twentieth century.

The exhibition and catalogue were organized by the Hood Museum of Art in partnership with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. The catalogue was supported by Judith and Richard Steinberg, Class of 1954, and the exhibition at the Hood was made possible by Jan Seidler Ramirez, Class of 1973, Kate and Yaz Krehbiel, Class of 1991, Thayer 1992, and the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.

Press Release

Press Coverage: Click here to read the Wall Street Journal's review of the exhibition by Lee Rosenbaum. Click here to read the Seven Days review of the exhibition. Click here to read the Dartmouth's review of the exhibition.

SLIDE SHOW: THE OPENING RECEPTION

Photographs from the opening reception for Men of Fire on April 13, 2012. All photographs by Jon Gilbert Fox.

Exhibition Panoramas

Click here to view gallery panoramas of Men of Fire.

Exhibition Publication

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Currently available in the museum shop.

Related Events

13 April, Friday, 5:00 P.M.
Kim Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION
Men of Fire: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock
Join us for a reception in Kim Gallery and be among the first to visit the exhibition. Enjoy a curatorial conversation about the artists and live jazz standards by the trio Green Room.

 

21 April, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Second-floor galleries
TOUR
Men of Fire: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock


25 April, Wednesday, 7:00 P.M.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
Quetzalcoatl
Mary Coffey, Associate Professor of Art History
In 2010, Dartmouth College Library was awarded a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve the twenty-two-minute film Quetzalcoatl (1961). The film interprets Orozco’s mural The Epic of American Civilization with commentary and a commissioned music score. It was written, produced, and directed by Robert Canton, Dartmouth Class of 1958. This will be the film’s first public debut since its restoration. Co-sponsored by the Hood Museum of Art and Dartmouth College Library in conjunction with Preservation Week.

 

2 and 9 May, Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 P.M.
Second-floor galleries
ADULT WORKSHOP
José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock

In this two-part adult workshop, we’ll spend one evening getting to know Orozco’s mural The Epic of American Civilization. The following week, we’ll examine its impact on the young Jackson Pollock in the exhibition Men of Fire. These workshops will be informal, discussion based, and participatory. Space is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 by April 30 to register.

 

4 May, Friday, 7:00 P.M. (6:30 Tour)
Athur M. Loew Auditorium
FILM SCREENING AND SPOTLIGHT TOUR
Pollock

Directed by Ed Harris, 2000
In conjunction with the Dartmouth Film Society and Men of Fire: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock, the museum will offer a free, fifteen-minute spotlight tour by Sarah Powers, Guest Curator, at 6:30 P.M. The film begins at 7:00 P.M.

 

8 May, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
Second-floor galleries
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
“Jackson Pollock’s Encounter with the Work of José Clemente Orozco at Dartmouth College”
Sarah Powers, Guest Curator of
Men of Fire

 

12 May, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Front entryway, Baker Library (beneath the clock tower)
TOUR
The Epic of American Civilization


18 May, Friday, 5:30 P.M.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
LECTURE
“Pollock after Orozco/Orozco after Pollock”
Michael Leja, Professor of American Art, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Leja will consider how Orozco influenced Pollock and how we see Orozco differently as a result of Pollock’s work. Leja wrote the introductory essay for the recently published volume of Jackson Pollock’s correspondence, titled American Letters: 1927–1947 (2011). This event is made possible through the generous support of the Members of the Hood Museum of Art.

 

9 June, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Front entryway, Baker Library (beneath the clock tower)
SPECIAL TOUR
The Epic of American Civilization
and Men of Fire: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock
Sarah Powers, Guest Curator of
Men of Fire
This tour will explore the Orozco mural and make connections between Orozco’s themes and imagery and the work of Jackson Pollock. The group will then cross the Green to visit the Men of Fire exhibition.

Last Updated: 5/14/12