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Past Exhibitions

Fred Wilson


October 04, 2005, through December 11, 2005

Fred Wilson, an internationally regarded American artist who represented the United States at the 2003 Venice Biennale, is best known for compelling installations using objects from a museum's permanent collection to critically examine the practice of collecting art and its attendant issue of cultural representation. Wilson draws upon familiar curatorial practices to refashion and rearrange museum objects into unusual displays that might divulge otherwise veiled stories of racism, stereotyping, and marginalization in local or institutional histories. Through SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD, Fred Wilson features works from the Hood's permanent collection in a provocative site-specific installation that concludes the museum's yearlong celebration of twenty years in its Charles Moore building.

Form and Presence

Paintings and Drawings from the Collection

October 29, 2005, through December 11, 2005

Enrico Riley, Senior Lecturer, selected paintings and drawings from the Hood’s collection for his fall drawing course. Students enrolled in the course helped him hang the works and studied them throughout the term. Artists in the show included Amadeo Modigliani, Alice Neel, Milton Resnick, and Jake Berthot.

Archive Fever

A Digital Wonder Room by MANUAL

June 07, 2005, through October 23, 2005

Husband-and-wife digital artist team Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom, known collectively as MANUAL, presented their latest work, a site-specific installation commissioned by the Hood on the occasion of the museum’s twentieth anniversary. Reconsidering the intersections between art history, culture, and technology, this work explores the museum’s vast collection in playful and unexpected ways. Archive Fever unfolds at a changing pace that is completely determined by the computer program itself, so it is unlikely that repeat visitors to the museum would ever see the same form twice.

Drawn from Nature

The Plant Lithographs of Ellsworth Kelly

June 18, 2005, through August 28, 2005

The complete plant lithograph series of Ellsworth Kelly will be on view in this exhibition, documenting the artist's forty years of creating a rich variety of line drawings of plants, fruits, and flowers with exceptional simplicity and beauty. An American artist of world renown, Ellsworth Kelly, born in 1923, is distinguished for his pure minimalist style. The sixty lithographs featured in this exhibition provide a critical link to the artist's vision of nature and his practice of abstraction.

Marks of Distinction

Two Hundred Years of American Watercolors and Drawings

March 29, 2005, through May 29, 2005

Highlighting a stunning diversity of works dating from 1769 to 1969, many of which have never before been on view, Marks of Distinction features the talents of such distinguished artists as John Singleton Copley, John James Audubon, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Joseph Stella, Jackson Pollock, Eva Hesse, and Romare Bearden. The exhibition reveals the rich variety of approaches, media, and subjects that have attracted American artists over the course of two centuries, ranging from Copley's magnificent 1769 pastel portrait of New Hampshire's last royal governor, John Wentworth, to early-nineteenth-century folk portraits and landscapes, lyrical nineteenth-century watercolor marines and interiors, dynamic images of New York City in the jazz age, and purely abstract compositions by pioneering artists associated with abstract expressionism and minimalism.

The Mark of Minimalism

Gifts of Works on Paper from Harrington Sarah-Ann and Werner Kramarsky

April 09, 2005, through May 29, 2005

To complement Marks of Distinction, this exhibition follows the influence of minimalism over the past three decades. The Mark of Minimalism examines the lasting legacy of minimalist forms and visual strategies on the abstract work of some recent and contemporary artists, who, rather than completely denying process, often embrace the artist's mark and its expressive qualities. All of the works that will be on display were gifted to the Hood Museum of Art by Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky, parents of Ann Kramarsky 92.

Body (A)Part

Fragmentation of the Female Form

April 05, 2005, through May 23, 2005

Picturing Change

The Impact of Ledger Drawing on Native American Art

December 11, 2004, through May 15, 2005

This exhibition reveals the impact of ledger drawings on transformations in Native American pictorial arts from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The works in this exhibition illustrate how Native American artists adopted and adapted Western materials, methods, and conventions to their own artistic traditions, thereby inventing new art forms that comment upon and document cultural transitions brought on by Western education and cultural domination.

Say Word.

February 15, 2005, through April 04, 2005


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