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Past Exhibitions

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.

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.


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