The Hood Museum of Art’s holdings include in-depth collections of Japanese prints and Native American ledger drawings, as well as focused collections of particular interest to the Dartmouth community, such as environmental art and scientific instruments. Some of these works are on view elsewhere on campus, including Orozco’s fresco The Epic of American Civilization in Baker Library, part of our growing collection of public art.
Holdings related to climate and the environment include contemporary photography by Diane Burko, Edward Burtynsky, J Henry Fair, and Emmet Gowin, among others, as well as painted landscapes and studies for Christo’s Running Fence.
The Hood’s collection of Japanese prints represents major print genres and themes, including actors (yakusha-e), fashionable women (bijinga), perspective (uki-e), landscape (fūkeiga), warriors (musha-e), Japan’s 19th-century modernization (kaika-e), and early 20th-century prints (shin hanga).
Late 19th-century ledger drawings created by well-known warrior-artists such as Howling Wolf, Chief Killer, Short Bull, and Wooden Leg serve as a vital record of cultural survival and transformation among American Plains Indians.
Holdings related to José Clemente Orozco’s extraordinary mural cycle The Epic of American Civilization (1932–34), commissioned by Dartmouth College for Baker Library, include hundreds of preparatory drawings.
The scientific instruments collection documents the development of American academic science from the early days of the Republic through the Cold War, from astronomical instruments and surveying chains to optics apparatus and early student laboratory equipment.
Public art on view throughout the Dartmouth College campus includes works by Ellsworth Kelly, Kiki Smith, Mark di Suvero, Allan C. Houser, Beverly Pepper, George Rickey, Richard Serra, and Joel Shapiro, among others.