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Past Exhibitions


The Role of the Artist as a Teacher

September 10, 2007, through November 10, 2007

Pilobolus Comes Home

Three Decades of Dance Photographs

March 27, 2007, through July 08, 2007

Pilobolus Dance Theatre, founded by Dartmouth students in 1971, has changed the course of contemporary dance through its signature style of closely combined bodies and its radically innovative approach to collaborative artistic creation. Dartmouth celebrated Pilobolus's donation of its remarkable archives with a residence, performances, educational programs, and this exhibition at the Hood of stunning photographs chronicling thirty-five years of the company's work.

Open to Interpretation

The Experience of Gestural Abstraction

May 07, 2007, through July 06, 2007

Subhankar Banerjee

Resource Wars in the American Arctic

March 27, 2007, through May 20, 2007

This exhibition features four monumental habitat photographs taken by Subhankar Banerjee during his recent sojourns into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to photograph this remote region in northeastern Alaska in all four seasons. His work there coincided with the push by oil companies and the current U.S. administration to open up the oil and gas reserves on the coastal plain to drilling. During his travels over nearly four thousand miles of the 19.5-million-acre refuge by foot, raft, kayak, and snowmobile, he stayed in interior and coastal villages with both Gwich’in Athabascan and Inupiat families, absorbing their close and intricate relationships to the northern environment and the birds and animals that thrive there.

Art and/as Violence

December 02, 2006, through March 11, 2007

Frames of Influence

Behavior and Anonymity in Urban Life

December 04, 2006, through January 27, 2007

Images of War

October 23, 2006, through December 04, 2006

Picturing Family in "The South"

Legacies of the American Civil War

August 29, 2006, through October 23, 2006

Myth of the Noble Savage

April 04, 2006, through May 21, 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


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