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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Cubism and Its Legacy

Pablo Picasso, Guitar on a Table

August 17-December 22, 2013

In the first few decades of the twentieth century, avant-garde artists sought to challenge traditional notions about pictorial representation by creating art that responded to the rapidly changing modern world that surrounded them. The most far-reaching and radical of these artistic movements was cubism, developed between 1907 and 1914 by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Their artistic collaboration produced works that defied the Renaissance convention that painting should represent an illusionistic window into the world. Instead, cubism shattered preconceived notions about vision, asserted the flatness of the picture plane and the materiality of paint, and presented subjects from various perspectives and planes at the same time. Cubism and Its Legacy, drawn from the Hood Museum of Art's extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, presents the vast range of work made possible by these developments.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and made possible by Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund, and the Bernard R. Siskind 1955 Fund.

Image: Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973, Guitar on a Table, 1912, oil, sand, and charcoal on canvas. Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, Class of 1930; P.975.79. © 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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25 September, Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 P.M.
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This discussion-based workshop explores the concepts, forms, and materials used by cubist artists and the impact their ideas have had on the art world through the 1960s. The exhibition features works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, Max Weber, Mark Rothko, and others. In the studio, we will experiment with different collage techniques using a variety of mixed-media materials. No previous art experience necessary. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 by September 23 to register.


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1 November, Friday, 6:00 P.M.
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The Dartmouth Music Department, in collaboration with the Hood Museum of Art, presents an evening of art and music featuring a performance by the Villiers String Quartet of London and an exploration of Cubism and Its Legacy with Sarah Powers, curator of the exhibition. Space is limited and attendees will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. A light reception will follow.


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In this workshop, we will learn how cubist artists invented new ways of seeing and depicting the world by creating images filled with fractured shapes and patterns. We will explore cubist works of art through careful looking and hands-on gallery activities. In the studio, we will create collages inspired by cubist art using mixed-media materials. For children ages 8 to 12. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 by November 6 to register.







Last Updated: 11/22/13