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Men of Fire

José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock

April 07, 2012, through June 17, 2012
Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Circle)

Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Circle), about 1938–40, oil on composition board. The Museum of Modern Art, New York: Gift of Lee Krasner in memory of Jackson Pollock. © 2012 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY 

Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Naked Man with Knife)

Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Naked Man with Knife), about 1938–40, oil on canvas. © 2012 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © Tate, London 2012 

Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Bald Woman with Skeleton)

Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Bald Woman with Skeleton), about 1938–41, oil on smooth side of Masonite attached to stretcher. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Miriam and Sidney Stoneman Acquisitions Fund; 2006.93. © 2012 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel. 

Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Number 37)

Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Number 37), about 1939–40, pen and brown and black ink, graphite, and orange colored pencil on smooth coated paper. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through a gift from Olivia H. and John O. Parker, Class of 1958, the Guernsey Center Moore 1904 Memorial Fund, and the Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund; D.986.8. © 2012 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel. 

Jackson Pollock, The Flame

Jackson Pollock, The Flame, about 1934–38, oil on canvas, mounted on fiberboard. The Museum of Modern Art, New York: Enid A. Haupt Fund. © 2012 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY 

José Clemente Orozco, study for “The Departure of Quetzalcoatl”

José Clemente Orozco, study for “The Departure of Quetzalcoatl” (panel 7) from The Epic of American Civilization, 1932–34, gouache on paper. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through gifts from Kirsten and Peter Bedford, Class of 1989P; Jane and Raphael Bernstein; Walter Burke, Class of 1944; Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Lombard, Class of 1953; Nathan Pearson, Class of 1932; David V. Picker, Class of 1953; Rodman C. Rockefeller, Class of 1954; Kenneth Roman Jr., Class of 1952; and Adolph Weil Jr., Class of 1935; W.988.52.82. © Trustees of Dartmouth College. Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel. 

José Clemente Orozco, study for “Ancient Human Sacrafice”

José Clemente Orozco, study for “Ancient Human Sacrafice” (panel 3) from The Epic of American Civilization, about 1930–34, gouache and watercolor. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through gifts from Kirsten and Peter Bedford, Class of 1989P; Jane and Raphael Bernstein; Walter Burke, Class of 1944; Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Lombard, Class of 1953; Nathan Pearson, Class of 1932; David V. Picker, Class of 1953; Rodman C. Rockefeller, Class of 1954; Kenneth Roman Jr., Class of 1952; and Adolph Weil Jr., Class of 1935; W.988.52.23. © Trustees of Dartmouth College. Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel. 

José Clemente Orozco, study for “Gods of the Modern World”

José Clemente Orozco, study for “Gods of the Modern World” (panel 17) from The Epic of American Civilization, 1932–34, gouache on paper. Purchased through gifts from Kirsten and Peter Bedford, Class of 1989P; Jane and Raphael Bernstein; Walter Burke, Class of 1944; Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Lombard, Class of 1953; Nathan Pearson, Class of 1932; David V. Picker, Class of 1953; Rodman C. Rockefeller, Class of 1954; Kenneth Roman Jr., Class of 1952; and Adolph Weil Jr., Class of 1935; W.988.52.171. © Trustees of Dartmouth College. Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel. 

José Clemente Orozco, “Gods of the Modern World”

José Clemente Orozco, “Gods of the Modern World,” panel 17 from The Epic of American Civilization, 1932–34, fresco, Orozco Room, Baker Library, Dartmouth College. © Trustees of Dartmouth College. © Trustees of Dartmouth College. Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel. 

In 1936, Jackson Pollock traveled to Dartmouth College to view José Clemente Orozco's monumental fresco The Epic of American Civilization (1932-34). The deep impact that Orozco's imagery had on the young Pollock is demonstrated in this revelatory exhibition, which brings together for the first time the drawings and paintings of two of the most famous artists of the twentieth century.
The exhibition and catalogue were organized by the Hood Museum of Art in partnership with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. The catalogue was supported by Judith and Richard Steinberg, Class of 1954, and the exhibition at the Hood was made possible by Jan Seidler Ramirez, Class of 1973, Kate and Yaz Krehbiel, Class of 1991, Thayer 1992, and the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.
Curated by Sarah Powers, Assistant Curator for Special Projects / Helen A. Harrison, Director

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May 12
Front entryway, Baker Library (beneath the clock tower)

2:00PM
TOUR
 - The Epic of American Civilization
May 18
Loew Auditorium
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LECTURE - .Pollock after Orozco/Orozco after Pollock.

Jun 09
SPECIAL TOUR "The Epic of American Civilization and Men of Fire: Josi Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock" - Hood Museum of Art
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