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Hanover, NH 03755

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Evolving Perspectives

Unknown artist, Kongo peoples, Republic of the Congo or Angola, Nkisi nkondi, power figure, Late 19th century, Wood and mixed media Unknown artist, Punu peoples, Gabon, Female mask (mukudj), About late 19th century–1927, Wood, kaolin Unknown artist, Makonde peoples, Tanzania  Breastplate (njorowe), 19th–20th centuries, Wood, beeswax, iron, fiber, pigment Unknown artist, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, Staff (oshe Shango), 19th century, Wood

Highlights from the African Art Collection at the Hood Museum of Art

January 26, 2013–April 13, 2014

Museum collections usually form in one of two ways—either by gifts or through curatorial purchases.  At a college or university museum, however, faculty members can also influence purchases of works of art and material culture that reflect their research and teaching interests.

This installation of African art from the Hood Museum of Art presents a selection of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection's development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. From the son of an early Dartmouth president to a professor in Dartmouth's anthropology department; from donors whose love of African art is reflected in the quality of the works they gifted to three curators who acquired memorable and important works during their tenures—all have contributed the Hood's mission to teach Dartmouth undergraduates and visitors of all ages about the diverse and rich art of the many cultures of this continent.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund. We would like to thank former curator Barbara Thompson for her article "The African Collection at the Hood Museum of Art," published in 2004 in the journal African Arts, on which this exhibition is based.

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21 May, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Evolving Perspectives: African Art at the Hood Museum of Art
Katherine W. Hart, Associate Director and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, and Amelia Kahl, Coordinator of Academic Programming


10 July, Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Learning to Look at African Art
Discover some of the finest objects in the Hood's collection of African art, ranging from ceremonial sculpture and masks to objects used everyday. You'll learn techniques for exploring and appreciating any work of art you encounter. The workshop will be discussion based and participatory. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 by July 8 to register.


24 August, Saturday 2:00 p.m.
Evolving Perspectives: Highlights from the African Art Collection at the Hood Museum of Art

Last Updated: 4/30/14