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Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Sean Scully

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The Art of the Stripe

January 12 through March 9, 2008

Sean Scully has moved steadily over the past three decades to his current position in the highest rank of painters working in the abstract tradition. The recent American touring exhibition Wall of Light, which concluded to very positive reviews at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is currently being succeeded by a major touring show in Europe. Scully began painting in the late 1960s and early 1970s amid the dominance of Op Art in Britain. He then moved to America, where, after five years of struggle, he found his painterly voice in the stripe. Scully has relentlessly pursued the possibilities offered by his exploration of colored stripes, always remaining true to his assertion that "the stripe is a signifier of modernism." The Hood's exhibition explores Scully's work since the early 1970s and culminates with the first showing in America of the artist’s beautiful series Holly, made in memory and in honor of his mother. Along with over twenty large oil paintings, a small selection of photographs demonstrates Scully's fascination with the architectural structures of our built environment, the inspiration of so much in his abstract paintings.

Read the Hood Quarterly feature on the exhibition.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and is generously funded by Yoko Otani Homma and Shunichi Homma M.D., Class of 1977; the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund; the Hansen Family Fund; the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund; and the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund.

Exhibition Audio

Scully giving tour

Click here to explore thirty-three audio clips of the artist discussing individual works in the show; the clips were originally available as an iPod tour in the Hood's galleries. Above, Sean Scully gives a tour of his work in the Lathrop Gallery.

Exhibition Brochures

Click here to download a pdf of the Hood's gallery guide, which features an essay about the artist and his art by Hood Director Brian Kennedy and thumbnail reproductions of every painting in the show with comments by Sean Scully. Click here for the Hood's looking guide, an introduction to the principles of abstract art using highlights from the show.

Exhibition Panoramas

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Click here for gallery panoramas of The Art of the Stripe.

The Stripes Around Us

Click here and here for Lauren Orr '08's photographic explorations of stripes across the Dartmouth campus.

Related Events

18 January, Friday, 4:30 p.m
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Artist Lecture and Opening Reception Click here to listen

Sean Scully, artist, will talk about his work. A reception will follow in Kim Gallery.

19 January, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Special Introductory Tour of Sean Scully: The Art of the Stripe with the artist and Hood Director Brian Kennedy

23 January, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Hood Galleries
Gallery Talk Click here to listen

Join jazz pianist Jason Moran and Hood Director Brian Kennedy for a discussion about the connections between music and visual art creation. Moran will explore the influence of contemporary visual art on his work, while Kennedy will discuss the exhibition Sean Scully: The Art of the Stripe and the artist's embrace of music in his creative process. For more info, call Hop Outreach at (603) 646-2010 or the Hood Museum of Art at (603) 646-2808.

27 January, Sunday, 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m.
The Art of the Stripe

Explore how artist Sean Scully has taken a simple motif—a stripe—and made so much out of it with his art. Have fun with a variety of activities that explore how artists decide to arrange their art works, including a hands-on magnetic board activity that lets you arrange, and rearrange, some of Scully's paintings to understand his creative process. Look at books, photographs, and videos that connect his work to some of his inspirations, such as Mayan temples and Moroccan tents, to name a few. In the studio, you will work with a variety of materials to design your own "stripe" creations. For children ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions. No pre-registration required. For information, call (603) 646-1469.

6 February, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Lecture Click here to listen

Brian Kennedy, Director, Hood Museum of Art

16 February, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Introductory Tour of Sean Scully: The Art of the Stripe with Hood Director Brian Kennedy

19 February, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Second-Floor galleries
Lunchtime Gallery Talk Click here to listen

Katherine Hart, Associate Director and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming

26 February, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Second-Floor galleries
Lunchtime Gallery Talk

Patrick Dunfey, Exhibitions Designer

29 February, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium

Lawrence R. Rinder, Dean of the College, California College of the Arts

1 March, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Hood Museum Galleries
MUSIC AND THE ART OF THE STRIPE Click here to listen
Enjoy live music by Fred Haas, saxophonist, while Hood Director Brian Kennedy elaborates on Sean Scully's working style and his use of music in the creative process.

Last Updated: 5/12/08