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Past Exhibitions


Master of Light and Shadow; Etchings from the Collection of the Hood Museum of Art

April 08, 2006, through September 17, 2006

Rembrandt’s mastery of the printmaking medium and his sensitive depiction of the human condition are unsurpassed. His numerous etchings covered the full range of styles and subjects for which he is celebrated as a painter and draughtsman, including self-portraits, scenes from the Bible, vignettes of everyday life, and character studies. Famously experimental, Rembrandt often reworked his copper plates to improve and extend their expressive power. The results can look startlingly modern and continue to inspire artists today. Drawing on many pictorial traditions and familiar themes, the works in the Hood’s collection represent Rembrandt’s achievements as a printmaker from his first etchings in the 1620s to his death forty years later. This exhibition is presented in celebration of the artist’s four hundredth birthday and will be accompanied by an illustrated brochure.

Sacrilege and Idolatry

Religious Images in 16th-Century Europe

May 23, 2006, through July 09, 2006


The Museum as Hunter and Gatherer

May 21, 2005, through February 12, 2006

To collect up to a final limit is not simply to own or to control the items one finds; it is to exercise control over existence itself through possessing every sample, every specimen, every instance of an unrepeatable and nowhere duplicated series.

—Roger Cardinal and John Elsner, The Cultures of Collecting

col·lec·ta·ne·a 1.) Passages, remarks, etc., collected from various sources; (as collect. sing.) a collection of passages, a miscellany. 2.) A selection of passages from one or more authors; an anthology.

This exhibition illuminates the broader social history of the Hood by exploring the diverse "authors" of its collection history and will look at how the museum's collection has been developed and (re)defined over time. Uniting traditional with contemporary and Western with non-Western art via pottery, sculpture, utilitarian objects, textiles, photographs, and prints, col·lec·ta·ne·a explores different collecting practices and ideologies that reflect the museum's unique identity as a hunter and gatherer of material culture. Topics addressed in the exhibition include the role of private collectors in developing museum collections; the... read more

Reflections on the Mirror

December 06, 2005, through February 02, 2006

Celebrating Twenty Years

Gifts in Honor of the Hood Museum of Art

June 11, 2005, through December 12, 2005

The Hood Museum of Art's collections at Dartmouth College, like many other museum collections, are varied and idiosyncratic, and many of its greatest riches stem from the imagination and collecting impulses of individual curators and donors. Celebrating Twenty Years showcases exceptional works of art that have been generously offered by Dartmouth alumni and friends as recent outright and promised gifts to the museum in honor of twenty years of the Hood Museum of Art in the postmodern building designed by Charles Moore and Centerbrook Architects. These important gifts will greatly enhance the museum collections and highlight the tremendous generosity of Dartmouth friends and alumni. In addition, they will expand the museum's ability to provide Dartmouth students and faculty and all visitors to the museum with direct and meaningful encounters with original works of art.

Beyond East and West

Seven Transnational Artists

October 09, 2005, through December 12, 2005

This exhibition presents new work by seven important contemporary artists with an intimate knowledge both of a so-called "East" (the Middle East and North Africa) from whence they come and a "West" (Europe and America) where they primarily live and work. Beyond simply disrupting Western stereotypes and discourses, they address themselves to the issues raised by competing cultural allegiances. The exhibition features the work of Jananne Al-Ani, Ghada Amer, Mona Hatoum, Y. Z. Kami, Walid Raad, Michal Rovner, and Shahzia Sikander. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Feminine Genius

Sensibility, Sensuality, and Sense in Eighteenth-Century Portraiture

May 24, 2005, through July 11, 2005

Body (A)Part

Fragmentation of the Female Form

April 05, 2005, through May 23, 2005

Leger, Tanning, and Daura

Sexuality and Surrealism

September 18, 2004, through January 03, 2005


The Art of the French Colonial Encounter

July 13, 2004, through September 12, 2004


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