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Past Exhibitions

Crossing Currents

The Synergy of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ouattara Watts

March 30, 2004, through June 06, 2004

This exhibition focuses upon a small selection of works by the African American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Cote d'Ivoirian artist Ouattara Watts. It addresses Basquiat and Watts's personal negotiations with their own multicultural identities, experiences, and evocations, which culminate in their intense artistic searches for belonging in a transnational world.

Playing Around with Art

April 27, 2004, through May 23, 2004

Lateral Thinking

Art of the 1990s

January 17, 2004, through March 14, 2004

This extraordinary exhibition features forty contemporary artists from North, South, and Central America, Cuba, Africa, China, and Europe, including Matthew Barney, Vanessa Beecroft, Roman de Salvo, Zhang Huan, William Kentridge, Byron Kim, Jean Lowe, Vik Muniz, and Cindy Sherman, many of whose works have not appeared in the Upper Valley before. The exhibition defies categorization by style, school, or medium, but a number of key ideas recur throughout, such as the body; the construction of identity (gender, personal, social, or ethnic); the role of the artist; and one's relationship to everyday occurrences and objects.

Introduction to the History of Art II, 1500 to Present

January 24, 2004, through March 14, 2004

Regional Selections 30

June 07, 2003, through August 03, 2003

The Hood celebrates thirty years of regional art exhibitions at Dartmouth College with Regional Selections 30, the happy result of a year of strong collaboration among twelve arts organizations in New Hampshire and Vermont. Recent works by area artists Ria Blaas, Bob Boemig, Peter Paedra Bramhall, Chris Calnan, Amparo Carvajal-Hufschmid, James McGarrell, Jerry MacMichael, The Main Street Museum, MANUAL, Petria Mitchell, Andy Moerlein, Lawrence Nowlan, Rebecca Purdum, Gary Haven Smith, and George Tooker were chosen by museum and nonprofit gallery directors across the region. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Ferenc Berko

Seen and Seen Again

May 24, 2003, through July 27, 2003

Ferenc Berko drew attention to the beauty that lies in the overlooked details of the everyday visual world. By isolating patterns, shadows, forms, and colors, Berko's images invite viewers to look inquisitively at commonplace materials and experiences. Ferenc Berko: Seen and Seen Again speaks to the breadth, and depth, of the artist's modern sense of vision. Through roughly three dozen black-and-white and color images ranging from 1932 to 1987, the show represents a dialogue over time and within a specific medium, but also between generations. It is curated by Berko's granddaughter, Mirte Mallory, Class of  2002, who shows how Berko maintained and revisited certain themes throughout his long career.

The Decade of Modernism: Selections from 1910–1919

September 29, 2002, through July 20, 2003

A Sense of Common Ground

Excerpts: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh

February 22, 2003, through June 22, 2003

Fazal Sheikh uses portrait photography to raise public awareness about the long-term effects of war on women, children, and the elderly. This exhibition focuses on the plight of east African refugees. Sheikh accompanies his emotionally complex portraits with individualized narratives that confront the viewer with the dignity and grace that has guided these victims through war, displacement, and exile.

Carrie Mae Weems

The Hampton Project

January 18, 2003, through March 09, 2003

Featuring large-scale photographs printed in ink on muslin and canvas, this exhibition highlights the work of internationally renowned visual artist and contemporary photographer Carrie Mae Weems, along with a rich selection of photographs from Frances Benjamin Johnston's historic Hampton Album of 1900. The work of these two women, although distanced by time and race, is linked by their shared discipline and focus on the history and legacy of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University), founded with the mission to educate African Americans and, later, Native Americans.

Ambassadors of Progress

American Women Photographers in Paris, 1900–1901

January 04, 2003, through March 09, 2003

Highlighting breathtaking landscapes, intimate portraits, and scenes of everyday life by twenty-nine notable American women photographers at the turn of the century, this stunning exhibition partially recreates a historic exhibition organized by pioneering photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston for the Universal Exposition of 1900 in Paris.


Exploring of the work of Gertrude Kasebier, Amelia van Buren, Zaida Ben-Yusef, and more, Ambassadors of Progress investigates the central role of American women photographers within the self-consciously artistic movement known as pictorialism.


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