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Press Release

Thomas Sully, George Ticknor, 1831, oil on canvas. Gift of Constance V. R. White, Nathaniel T. Dexter, Philip Dexter, and Mary Ann Streeter; P.943.130.

June 18, 2007
Sharon Reed, Public Relations Coordinator
(603) 646-2426 

American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art

HANOVER, NH -- The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College presents American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art. On view now through December 9, 2007, this exhibition of more than 160 works presents the most comprehensive overview of Dartmouth's American art collections to date and features an extraordinary display of paintings, sculpture, silver, furniture, and other decorative arts. American Art at Dartmouth and its related publication illuminate aspects of the development of art traditions in this country from the early eighteenth century until 1950 while also telling the story of how and why these objects found their way to this northern New England college. This project is the first in a planned series of exhibitions and catalogues to celebrate major areas of the Hood's collections.

American works dating from roughly 1900 to 1950 can be seen on the first floor in the museum's Israel Sack Gallery, while second-floor galleries focus on works from the eighteenth century through 1900. Text panels highlight distinctive characteristics of the collection, including some of its primary modes of acquisition and its particular connections to Dartmouth and the region, as well as spotlights on such Dartmouth luminaries as statesman and orator Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, and Boston man of letters George Ticknor, Class of 1807. Highlights from this exhibition include works by Paul Revere, John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, Willard Metcalf, John Sloan, Augusta Savage, Paul Sample, Maxfield Parrish, Georgia O'Keeffe, and a newly acquired early work by Jackson Pollock. Beginning September 22, a companion exhibition featuring more than fifty selections from the museum’s collections of American watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs through 1950 will also be on view.

The Hood's American collections began with a gift in 1773 of a Boston-made silver bowl from Royal Governor John Wentworth to Dartmouth's founder, Eleazar Wheelock, in honor of the College's first commencement. The collections have grown dramatically since that first gift, particularly with the opening of the Hood Museum of Art in 1985.

Many of the highlights of the collections reflect the museum's associations with Dartmouth and its location in northern New England. The painting collection is strong in portraits and in New England landscapes, particularly views of New Hampshire's White Mountains. It also includes important examples of nineteenth-century genre paintings and early-twentieth-century impressionism, social realism, and modernism. Sculpture highlights include works by Harriet Hosmer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Augusta Savage, Paul Manship, and unidentified makers of folk sculpture. In the decorative arts, the exhibition showcases an outstanding representation of colonial Massachusetts silver and smaller holdings of American pewter, glass, and textiles. Other features include Boston neoclassical furniture as well as Shaker furniture from Enfield, New Hampshire. Two exceptional examples of Grueby pottery represent a high point of New England ceramics in the Arts and Crafts style.

"It is a welcome pleasure to be able to share so much of our collections with visitors at one time and to be able showcase their many strengths," notes Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art. "Owing primarily to the generosity of Dartmouth alumni and friends, we are fortunate to have a wealth of fine and diverse works that provide invaluable insight into the artistic and cultural history of the United States. The exhibition highlights the interdisciplinary value of using original works of art in a university curriculum. Hopefully American Art at Dartmouth will also encourage the viewer to think about how the College's American collections have grown and evolved alongside Dartmouth, and how other museums' collections reflect the distinct histories of their institutions, patrons, and regions."

A reading resource area offers additional information about related topics. The reading area features furniture made from Frank Lloyd Wright designs by Copeland Furniture in Bradford, Vermont.

American Art at Dartmouth was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and generously funded by the Bernard R. Siskind 1955 Fund, the Hansen Family Fund, and the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund, and a generous gift from Jonathan L. Cohen, Class of 1960, Tuck 1961.

A 256-page, fully illustrated catalogue, the first in a series of publications devoted to the Hood's collections, is co-published with the University Press of New England and will be available later this summer. Authored by Barbara MacAdam, the publication includes individual catalogue entries on more than two hundred objects and an introductory essay that explores the collecting of American art at Dartmouth from 1773 to 2007.

About the Hood

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is an accredited member of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and is cited by AAM as a national model. The Hood is located in the heart of downtown Hanover, N.H., in an award-winning building designed by Charles Moore. The museum's outstanding and diverse collections include American portraits, paintings, watercolors, drawings, silver, and decorative arts, European Old Master prints and drawings, paintings, and sculpture, and ancient, Asian, African, Oceanic, and Native American collections from almost every period in history to the present. The Hood regularly displays its collections and organizes major traveling exhibitions while featuring major exhibitions from around the country. The museum provides a rich diversity of year-round public programs.

Admission is free of charge. Operating hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Hood Museum of Art Gift Shop offers items inspired by the collections and exhibitions. The Hood is wheelchair accessible and offers assistive listening devices. For further accessibility requests, please contact the museum..


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