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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
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George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, about 1932, Gelatin silver print. Gift of Robert Dance, Class of 1977, in honor of Maurice Rapf, Class of 1935; PH.2001.29.2. Courtesy of HurrellPhotos.com.

August 10, 2007
Contact:
Sharon Reed, Public Relations Coordinator
(603) 646-2426 Sharon.reed@dartmouth.edu

Works On Paper Exhibition Caps Celebration of Hood's American Collections

HANOVER, NH--Beginning September 22, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College will present more than fifty American drawings, watercolors, prints, and photographs from its collections in an exhibition entitled American Works on Paper to 1950:Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art. This presentation complements the larger exhibition of American paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, that has been on view since June 9. American Works on Paper showcases the museum's rich holdings of drawings, watercolors, prints, and photographs by such diverse artists as John James Audubon, Southworth and Hawes,William Trost Richards, James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Lewis Hine, Childe Hassam, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, James Van Der Zee, Dorothea Lange, Grant Wood, and Jackson Pollock. Together, these exhibitions offer the largest survey of Dartmouth's American holdings to date while considering how and why these objects found their way to Hanover and how the American collections have developed further since the opening of the Hood in 1985.

Works on paper constitute a large proportion of the Hood's American collections and are among the most frequently used works for teaching. Dartmouth College has actively collected prints, drawings, and watercolors since the early twentieth century. Such evidence of Dartmouth's deepening commitment to the visual arts encouraged further donations, including the extraordinary 1935 gift from Abby Aldrich (Mrs. John Jr.) Rockefeller that included more than seventy-five American watercolors and drawings. The Hood's impressive holdings in these media, strengthened by recent acquisitions, provided the subject for the museum's 2005 traveling exhibition and catalogue Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art.

Although it wasn't until the 1970s that Dartmouth began collecting photography in a deliberate and concerted manner, such photographs as a Southworth and Hawes daguerreotype of Daniel Webster found their way to Dartmouth as early as the mid-nineteenth century. Thanks to continuing gifts and the availability of acquisitions funds established since the Hood's opening, the photography collections have grown rapidly in recent decades.

As is the case with its companion exhibition of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts, American Works of Art on Paper to 1950 can only hint at the quality, diversity, and breadth of the Hood collections.

In conjunction with the American art exhibitions, the museum has produced a 256-page book on the American collections--the first in a series of publications that the Hood will issue over the next several years devoted to aspects of the museum's greatest asset, its permanent collections. Copublished with the University Press of New England, this fully illustrated book features individual entries for more than two hundred works from the American collections dating from around 1705 to 1950, many of which have never before been published. An introductory essay by Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art, surveys the formation of the collection and its changing focus and function over the course of Dartmouth’s long history. Contact the Museum Shop at (603) 646-2317.

A reading resource area just outside the second-floor galleries provides an opportunity for visitors to learn more about American art. This seating area, generously provided by Copeland Furniture of Bradford, Vermont, for visitors of American Art at Dartmouth, features the designs of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

American Works on Paper and its companion exhibition and related catalogue, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, are generously funded by the Bernard R. Siskind 1955 Fund, the Hansen Family Fund, 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.

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. For more information about the collections, exhibitions, programs, and membership, visit www.hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu.

Last Updated: 8/14/07