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Allan Houser

Allan C. Houser, American, 1914–1994, Abstract Crown Dancer I Allan C. Houser, American, 1914–1994, Morning Solitude Allan C. Houser, American, 1914–1994, Options Allan C. Houser, American, 1914–1994, This Was Our Home Allan C. Houser, American, 1914–1994, Watercarrier

A Centennial Exhibition

May 11, 2014, through May 10, 2015

Allan Houser (1914–1994) was a noted American sculptor, painter, and draftsman and one of the major figures in Native American art of the twentieth century. He often drew on his Chiricahua Apache heritage when making sculptures that depict the Native American people of the Southwest. A versatile artist, he also created modernist abstract sculptures and worked in a variety of media including bronze, stone, and steel. Dartmouth College and the Hood Museum of Art celebrate the centennial of his birth with an installation of five major sculptural works in the Maffei Arts Plaza and Hood gateway, as well as a fall 2014 exhibition of drawings in the Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and generously supported by Mary Alice Kean Raynolds and David R. W. Raynolds, Dartmouth Class of 1949, Carol Fishberg and Franklin Z. Davidson, Dartmouth Class of 1955, in memory of Gerald D. Kleinman, Dartmouth Class of 1955, and Lewis R. Weintraub, Dartmouth Class of 1955, and the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.

Press Release

Press Coverage: Click here to read the Dartmouth Now announcement. Exhibition reviews and mentions: The Dartmouth -- Valley News -- Union Leader

Related Events

11 May, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
Maffei Arts Plaza
Allan Houser: A Centennial Exhibition
The opening of a yearlong installation of five outdoor sculptures by the late Allan Houser (1914–1994) will be celebrated by participants in and visitors to the 2014 Dartmouth Powwow. Houser was an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth in 1979.

10:00  a.m.:  Blessing and remarks
10:30 a.m.:  Continental breakfast (rain location:  Kim Gallery, Hood Museum of Art)
11:00 am:  Introduction to the Houser sculptures by David Rettig, Curator of Collections, Allan Houser Foundation


15 May, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Maffei Arts Plaza, in front of the Black Family Visual Arts Center
Unconquered: Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family
(2008, directed by Bryan Beasley, with Val Kilmer, 32 minutes)
Enjoy a tour of the outdoor Allan Houser sculpture installation with Katherine Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Harvey P. and Barbara C. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, followed by the film screening in the Hood Auditorium.


11 June, Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Outdoor Sculpture Walk
In this workshop we will explore some of Dartmouth's permanent sculptures as well as a special exhibition of works by Native American artist Allan Houser. We will consider not only what these works communicate but also how they activate the outdoor spaces they occupy. Back in the studio, we will experiment with a variety of materials to make small sculptures to take home. Enrollment for this workshop is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling (603) 646-1469 by June 9.


Last Updated: 6/11/14