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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Current Exhibitions

Louise Fishman, Green's Apogee, 2005, oil on canvas. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hazen by exchange; 2013.23.

Louise Fishman, Green's Apogee, 2005, oil on canvas. Purchased through gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hazen by exchange; 2013.23. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York. On view in the exhibition In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth.

Unknown artist, Kongo peoples, Republic of the Congo or Angola, Nkisi nkondi, power figure, Late 19th century, Wood and mixed media

Unknown artist, Kongo peoples, Nkisi nkondi, power figure (detail), late 19th century, wood and mixed media. Purchased through the Mrs. Harvey P. Hood W'18 Fund, the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Fund, the William B. Jaffe Memorial Fund, the William S. Rubin Fund, the Julia L. Whittier Fund, and through gifts by exchange; 996.22.30233.

The exhibitions presented by the museum are intended to contribute to scholarship in art history and related disciplines and to offer insight into the artistic production of many different historical periods and cultures. In addition to ongoing displays from its permanent collection, the museum also presents a number of special exhibitions each year, covering a broad range of topics, as well as teaching exhibitions. Organized in conjunction with Dartmouth College courses, these exhibitions are intended to facilitate the curricular use of the museum's collections.


In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth

Through July 6, 2014

Organized in collaboration with the Studio Art Department, this exhibition celebrates the important history and legacy of the Artist-in-Residence Program at Dartmouth College, which began in 1931 when the Guatemalan painter Carlos Sánchez, Class of 1923, was invited back to campus on a year-long fellowship. The exhibition showcases the work of more than eighty artists who have participated in this acclaimed international program since that time, including Charles Burwell, Walker Evans, Louise Fishman, Donald Judd, Magdalene Odundo, José Clemente Orozco, Robert Rauschenberg, Alison Saar, Paul Sample, and Frank Stella, whose presence on campus has undoubtedly enhanced the vitality of the arts at Dartmouth.

This exhibition and catalogue were organized by the Hood Museum of Art. The catalogue was supported by Jonathan Dorfman and Melissa Kaish, Class of 1983, in honor of her parents, Morton and Luise Kaish, and the exhibition was made possible by Constance and Walter Burke, Class of 1944, as well as the Philip Fowler 1927 Memorial Fund and the George O. Southwick 1957 Memorial Fund.


Evolving Perspectives: Highlights from the African Art Collection at the Hood Museum of Art

Through April 13, 2014

This installation of African art from the Hood Museum of Art presents a selection of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection's development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. From the son of an early Dartmouth president to a professor in Dartmouth's anthropology department; from donors whose love of African art is reflected in the quality of the works they gifted to three curators who acquired memorable and important works during their tenures—all have contributed the Hood's mission to teach Dartmouth undergraduates and visitors of all ages about the diverse and rich art of the many cultures of this continent.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund. We would like to thank former curator Barbara Thompson for her article "The African Collection at the Hood Museum of Art," published in 2004 in the journal African Arts, on which this exhibition is based.


A Space for Dialogue: Fresh Perspectives on the Permanent Collection from Dartmouth's Students

At the entrance to the museum

A Space for Dialogue is a unique opportunity within Dartmouth's senior internship program, which includes museum positions in curatorial, public relations, and educational work. Interns choose objects from the Hood's permanent collection, write descriptions of the objects, design a space, create a brochure, and conduct a public gallery presentation. The program also allows students to develop art projects and displays within the Hood Museum of Art and on the Dartmouth College campus, creating "spaces for dialogue" between works of art and their viewers.

A Space for Dialogue, founded with support from the Class of 1948, is made possible with generous endowments from the Class of 1967, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Jr. '66, and Pamela J. Joyner '79.


José Clemente Orozco: The Epic of American Civilization

Orozco Room, Baker Library, Dartmouth College

The Epic of American Civilization is an extensive mural cycle created by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934. The mural is composed of twenty-four distinct panels depicting the history of the Americas from the Aztec migration into Mexico to the industrialization of modern society. Located in the reserve corridor of Baker Library, now the Orozco Room, these scenes cover nearly 3,200 square feet of wall space. The Epic of American Civilization is not only one of Orozco's finest creations and one of Dartmouth's most treasured works of art but also rightfully placed among the most exemplary works of mural painting in the nation.

Last Updated: 1/21/14