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Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Word and Image

Edward Ruscha, Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas, 1963, oil on canvas. Gift of James Meeker, Class of 1958, in memory of Lee English, Class of 1958, scholar, poet, athlete and friend to all. Roy Lichtenstein, Crak!, 1963-1964, offset lithograph on wove paper. Gift of Professor John Wilmerding. Joel Sternfeld, McLean, Virginia (Pumpkins), December 1978, dye transfer print. Gift of Joel Sternfeld, Class of 1965, and Neil Grossman, Class of 1965, in memory of John Pickells, Class of 1965; PH.986.24.

March 26 through August 4, 2013

Organized in collaboration with twenty-four studio art majors from Dartmouth's Class of 2013, this exhibition examines the use and significance of words and language in contemporary art. Building on the success of last year's student-driven exhibition The Expanding Grid, this project offered seniors in Dartmouth's Studio Art Department a unique opportunity to learn more about museums and curatorial practice by participating in the planning and execution of a major exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art. The students studied original works of art in the museum's Bernstein Study-Storage Center, which honed their close observational skills and informed their selections for this exhibition, which includes paintings, sculpture, video, photography, and other works on paper by such noted contemporary artists as Christo, Lalla Essaydi, Robert Gober, the Guerrilla Girls, Daniel Heyman, Gary Hill, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Faith Ringgold, Ed Ruscha, Masami Teraoka, and Fred Wilson. Once the exhibition checklist had been finalized, each student researched a word-imbued artwork and wrote an object label for it. In doing so, they learned more about the dynamic dialogue and complex interactions between word and image in contemporary art, while also writing from their own perspective as Dartmouth students and studio art majors. This unique vantage point allowed them to consider the manifold infiltrations of the written word into the visual arts in fresh and exciting ways. Thanks to the creative input of these students, visitors to the exhibition will be able to experience how words and images can merge in harmony, engage in protest or conflicts, or interact in an experimental way that self-consciously tests the boundaries and relationships between the verbal and visual arts.

The Hood Museum of Art is extremely grateful to the students who wrote the labels for the exhibition and participated in its organization. Additional labels were provided by museum staff and Hood intern Jane Cavalier, Dartmouth Class of 2014. The museum would also like to thank the following faculty members from the Studio Art Department for their help, guidance, and support during this collaborative project: Gerald Auten, Brenda Garand, Soo Sunny Park, and Colleen Randall.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and made possible by the Cissy Patterson Fund and the Hansen Family Fund.

Read the feature written by Director Michael Taylor in the spring 2013 Hood Quarterly (see p. 10).

Press Coverage: Click here to read a review from the Dartmouth. Click here to read a review in Artscope.

Related Events

4 May, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Word and Image

22 May, Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Word and Image
In this discussion-based workshop, explore the exhibition Word and Image, which examines the use and significance of words or language in contemporary art. The exhibition features works by Marcel Duchamp, Faith Ringgold, Ed Ruscha, Fred Wilson, and others. In the studio, we'll experiment with text in our own works of art. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 by May 20 to register.

28 May, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
"Word and Image"
Michael Taylor, Director

27 July, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Word and Image

Last Updated: 8/29/13