Unknown artist, Songe peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa, ceremonial axe, insignia of rank, wood, iron, and copper. Gift of Claire E. and Dr. Frederick R. Mebel, Class of 1935; 991.48.29012.
Allan Houser, Watercarrier, 1986, bronze edition of 8. © Chiinde LLC, exhibition loan courtesy of Allan House Inc.
The following exhibitions are planned in upcoming months at the Hood Museum of Art. Please note that dates and descriptions are subject to change.
Opens April 26, 2014
This exhibition explores the Hood Museum of Art's extraordinary collection of African weapons for the first time. It focuses on the aesthetic quality of the objects, and on the ways in which they reflect notions of masculinity, warriorhood, and ideal male beauty in traditional African societies. Because the weapons are in a Western museum's collection, the exhibition also considers Western notions of masculinity, as represented in the collecting practices of those Christian missionaries, colonial administrators, military officers, big game hunters, and explorers who acquired most of these weapons in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. Although the exhibition draws from several cultures in the five sub-regions of Africa, it is not a broad survey of African weapons. Instead, it presents exemplary highlights from the Hood's extensive collection, categorized as "offensive" and "defensive" weapons.
This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and generously supported by the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.
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 in making sculptures that depicted 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 celebrates the centennial of his birth with an installation of five major sculptural works in the Maffei Arts Plaza and Hood Museum of Art 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 was generously supported by Mary Alice Kean Raynolds and David R.W. Raynolds, Class of 1949, and the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.
August 30 through December 21, 2014
This exhibition of seventy-five paintings, sculptures, and photographs is presented in observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Over the course of a decade, artists addressed the struggle for racial justice in works that were wide ranging in aesthetic approach. The exhibition will highlight the shifts in aesthetic preferences and political perspectives that occurred during the decade through the work of such notable artists as Richard Avedon, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Mark di Suvero, Mel Edwards, Rupert Garcia, Philip Guston, Virginia Jaramillo, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Danny Lyon, Marisol, John Outerbridge, Gordon Parks, Noah Purifoy, Robert Rauschenberg, Faith Ringgold, Moneta Sleet Jr., May Stevens, Andy Warhol, and Jack Whitten.
This exhibition's presentation at the Hood Museum of Art was generously supported by Kate and Yaz Krehbiel, Class of 1991, Thayer 1992, and the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1995, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund.
Last Updated: 4/2/14