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People's Picks

John Sartain, after George Caleb Bingham, Publisher: Goupil & Co., The County Election, 1854, handcolored engraving, mezzotint, and etching with stippling on wove paper. Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund; PR.951.4

Hood Invites Visitors to Vote for Favorite American Work of Art

HANOVER, N.H. — The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College announces People's Picks, a special opportunity for visitors to choose their favorite work of American art from the museum's current exhibition American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art. Beginning September 1, visitors of all ages are encouraged to choose their favorite work of art and tell the Hood why they like it. Visitor responses will be selected and published on the Hood’s Web site and highlighted in the galleries. Throughout November, members of the Hood staff will offer four People’s Picks tours highlighting selected works chosen by our visitors. Ballots and informational materials will remain in the galleries through November 4.

"We feel it's important for the exhibition to have a public voice," notes Amy Driscoll, Assistant Curator of Education at the Hood. "We hope people will come in and really spend some time with this extraordinary exhibition and tell us what they think. People can come back and vote again and again, particularly given that the second part of the exhibition will open on September 22, offering an entire new gallery filled with more incredible works from the American collection. This is a fun and informal way to get involved in the museum and will give visitors the chance to hear from and share with other visitors about what they find interesting about these works of American art."

American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of will be on view through December 9, 2007. This exhibition spans two floors. Works dating from roughly 1900 to 1950 are on display in the first-floor Sack Gallery, and works from the eighteenth century through 1900 are on view in the second-floor galleries. On September 22, American Works on Paper to 1950 will open on the second floor and feature works on paper such as photographs, prints, drawings, and watercolors.

People’s Picks tours:

Wednesday, November 14, at 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday, November 20, at 12:30 P.M.
Thursday, November 29, at 12:30 P.M.
Saturday, December 1, at 2:00 P.M.

What people are saying about works in American Art at Dartmouth

Hunt Farm (Daybreak), by Maxfield Parrish

I like the amazing level of detail for such a small work--the color and the clarity--it took my breath away! (Melanie)

That it looks so real and bright almost as if there is a light behind it (Sue, personal banker)

The vividness and variety of Parrish’s palette at once demonstrate the warmth and austerity of its subject. (Adam, consultant)

It glows with peace of the countryside. (Colin, marketer)

The light. (Louise, mom)

My Family at Cotuit, by Edmund Tarbell

I liked the lighting, the feeling of children and family. (Isabelle, 4th grade)

New Hampshire (White Mountain Landscape), by Régis François Gignoux

It is uplifting, inspirational, attention to detail, it depicts the majesty of our country's landscape in a rugged and spiritual way. (Phil, museum employee)

Will Bond, by Paul Sample

NH best! Strength, Integrity, Beauty. (Tony, University of Miami)

The Closed Door, by Ernest L. Major

You look at it and there is no need to talk. Drama personified. Emotion captured. You feel it.Symbolism.Treatment of light. (Tony, University of Miami)

It is understated, yet (or thus) extraordinary, powerful (my second choice was McSorley’s Back Room). (Andrew, professor of English, UNH)

Just loved the feeling and colors. (Laura, painter)

 The Giant’s Dance, by Kay Sage

The mystical view of a larger landscape with mysterious forms. (Zack, Dartmouth '08)

Three Men and a Dog, by William Gropper

Conflict in theme and the tension in the shapes. I wish he had Bischoff's colors.(Victor, photographer)

 A Roof in Chelsea, New York, by John Sloan

I liked how it feels free and how the mother's dress is blowing in the wind and the laundry! (Elizabeth, middle school student)

Beaver Meadow, by Paul Sample

I like that it is all sunny and friendly and colorful. It reminds me of my town. (Maggie, 3rd grade)

Great for an area at a time in history. Also, a great example of art at that same time. (Rich, publisher)

Old time New England with beauty--plus human religious tension, just as in today's right wing, family values and society. Off to church, off to work! (Robert)

Mood, color, summer scene that is familiar and remains the same in our Upper Valley. (Susan, registered nurse, Hitchock Clinic)

It reminds me of my heritage, which is rural NH. (C., Retired)

The First Thaw, by William Metcalf

Great New England shot, I can feel the chill of snow. (John, retired)

Captures the mood and the application of the variety of color is interesting. (Mary, retired teacher)

Shotgun Hospitality, by Frederic Remington

Composition, colors, center person facing away from the viewer. Lighting from below, expressions, subject matter. (Anna, mental health clinician)

Subject matter/immediacy of the moment--what happens next? Composition! Shadow back-five behind illuminating freighter-use of red on Indian! Out in the middle of nowhere… (Judie, teacher).

Dramatic color and light and composition, the scene itself is expressive without being static-it draws you in. (Denise, attorney)

Ironic wit and the use of light--! One can almost smell the smoke drifting away from the campfire. (Laura, professor of theater)

Drouet, by James McNeill Whistler

Because it has never been up since I've worked here! (Matt, museum employee)

Lake Superior, by Lawren Stewart Harris

Captures unimaginable expansiveness within a frame. So powerful it's almost frightening to look at.  (Gail, journalist and teacher)

 Governor John Wentworth, by John Singleton Copley

Extraordinary control in blending of colors in Wentworth's face, far more difficult to do in pastels as opposed to paint. (Gail, journalist and teacher)

Disagreement, by Paul Sample

I liked the use of color to draw your eye up to the composition. (Margaret, USPS employee)

 The Jolly Washerwoman, by Lilly Martin Spencer

I liked it because it has lots of detail. (Anna, 3rd grade)

Forever picks me up with her sparkle--in spite of all. (Lee, legislator)

[Gave no title (maybe In the Library by Fredrick Frieseke, or Mrs. Daniel Webster, by Chester Harding)]

I liked the woman seated in the chair! (Sarah, grade school)

Appeal to the Great Spirit, by Cyrus Edwin Dallin

Absolute Beauty! Realistic Sculpture! (Louis, retired)   

A strong warrior still needs help from the Great Spirit. (Rex, 4th grade)

McSorley’s Back Room, by John Sloan

Mood/Color. (T. C. Flick, lawyer)

The shapes, the darkness--the figures--the mood. Though it was really hard to choose just one. (Robin, teacher)

The County Election, by John Sartain

I like it because how the artist drew the people and how he did it. How the light shines, how the shadows are right. All the people at the right time. (Zach, 5th grade)

The Menemon Sanford, by James Bard

That it's a ship. How they painted the boat. (Mason, 2nd grade)

How they painted the boat. (Aiden, 2nd grade)

The Chap Book, by William H. Bradley

The unicorns. (Max, 1st grade)

Below Mount Monadnock, by Abbott Handerson Thayer

Soft colors, peaceful scene--good representation of what my husband and I have enjoyed seeing on this first visit to New England. (Marilyn, legal secretary, Houston)

Regional significance, simplicity of image, atmospheric quality. (Stephanie, teacher)

Photograph’s Window, by Ben Shahn

He’s the best. (Read his book). (A. Blue, D.C.)

Daniel Webster, by Gilbert Stuart

It is a small easy thing to carry  (Aizah, age 4)

George Perkins Marsh, by George Peter Alexander Healy

The eyes because it looks so 3D and they are almost popping out. (Dahlia, 3rd grade)

Beach Scene, by William Trost Richards

The man was good! Inspiring. (Susan, children’s book illustrator)

White Angel Breadline, San Francisco by Dorothea Lange and Breaker Boys, by Lewis Wickes Hine

I love that photography has a history of changing people's views of the world--in these cases showing the human devastation of the Depression and child labor. You can't walk past--the faces draw you in--and the sad reality touches you and is not forgotten. (Kris, museum educator)

Statue, Paris, by Stuart Davis

This painting may not be as powerful as the photos by Lange, Hine, and Bowke, but it is the most fun! (Daniel, student, Marlboro College)

Lake Nicaragua, by Norton Bush

I liked the colors, I felt I was there. The sunset looked so real, and all the colors blended so beautiful. (Caroline, 4th grade)

Iris at Dawn, by Maria Oakey Dewing

I think it is beautiful because I like irises (Elizabeth, 2nd grade)

A beautiful depiction of an early American garden, wonderfully printed--like Thomas Dewing's work. (Brian, landscape architect)

Elegant depiction of irises--in bloom, in bud, and in their natural (garden) setting. Wonderful colors­-painting draws us in. (Melanie, freelance writer/art historian).

The beauty and peace the artist has found in nature. (Kathleen, mother)

A New England Landscape, by Rockwell Kent

Everything! One of Kent's best works. Saw it before at Portland Museum of Art (Laura, writer)

Orange and Lilac over Ivory, by Mark Rothko

I liked the provocative quote of Rothko that the painting was a spiritual experience. I didn't realize his work was of that nature. Thank you for educating me. I want to learn more about Mark Rothko and his work. (Tally, artist)

 In the Library, by Frederick Carl Frieseke

The blue dress (Emily, 1st grade)

American Buzzard or White Breasted Hawk, by John James Audubon

I liked the bird pictures. I like it because the tails are pretty. (Sage, 1st grade)

Original--not a print! His graphite and watercolor--!! It’s exciting. (Kathy, art educator)

Old Man of the Mountain, by Samuel Lancaster Gerry

The angle it was at and I like landscape (Mianda, 4th grade)

Back from the Orchard, by Eastman Johnson

Whimsical, typical child you could love (Judi, art teacher)

Autumn. Windy Day, by George Loring Brown

It really conveys the feeling of wind and movement and its texture involves you in the landscape (Marion, Marianopolis College student)

 Jesse James, by Thomas Hart Benton

The train! (Spencer, age 4)

Untitled, by Jackson Pollock

Exciting to see how one major artist is influenced by another. Dartmouth is very fortunate to have become the backdrop of an important part of art history. (Tina, high school teacher, Los Angeles)

Drouet, by James McNeill Whistler

Beautiful intensity of the subject--interesting mix of deeply worked and lightly sketched marks. Do you have other states? (Elizabeth, librarian and artist)

In the Gloaming, by George Inness

The otherworldly lighting and washed-out forms. (Jeff, librarian)

Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas, by Edward Ruscha

It reminds me/has a similar style to works y Allan D'Arcangelo. I love the deceptively simple linear quality and Mondrian-like use of bright primary color. (Robert, Bank of America).

Last Updated: 11/8/07