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Past Exhibitions

Aerial Perspectives

Grounded in an Infinite Landscape

January 29, 2011, through February 27, 2011

The works of art in this exhibition are all abstracted depictions of landscapes from an aerial perspective, a point of view that draws us into the work through an intensified experience of the entire composition. They all share the same basic focus, evoking some geographical construct or another, and a sense of place. While they have a visually abstract quality, this does not mean that we become lost. Rather, the means through which the artists masterfully render their subjects (including line, color, light, shadow, volume, and depth) encourage us to take an active role in these works’ realization. They ground us, ironically, as we examine them from every angle, following the symphony of marks along the surface and subconsciously constructing the imagined landscape both within and beyond the edges of the frame.

A Man-Made Icon

The Gibson Girl

November 04, 2010, through January 23, 2011

Follow the Money

Andy Warhol's American Dream

July 17, 2010, through September 19, 2010
Andy Warhol, Carolina Herrera, November 1978

A lively mixture of paintings, photographs, and prints juxtaposes Andy Warhol's (1928-1987) renderings of coins and dollar signs with images of people both famous and unknown. Art historian Trevor Fairbrother guest curates this exhibition in honor of the Andy Warhol Foundation's recent gift of 153 Warhol photos to the museum; Follow the Money also includes a rarely seen Warhol portrait of Dartmouth graduate Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York state governor (1959-73) and U.S. vice-president (1974-77).

Made in Hollywood

Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

July 10, 2010, through September 12, 2010
Clarence Sinclair Bull, Elizabeth Taylor

This exhibition celebrates the finest portraits and still photography produced during the heyday of the American film industry—1920 to 1960—now considered Hollywood’s Golden Age. It includes ninety-three photographs drawn from the London-based archive of the late author and collector John Kobal. This collection of the work of more than fifty photographers highlights portraits of film celebrities including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable, and Humphrey Bogart. Through the skill and inventiveness of these photographers, the faces of Hollywood’s greatest stars were memorialized for generations of movie audiences.

Reflections on the New American Dream

Corporate Imagery in the Art of the 1980s

July 01, 2010, through August 29, 2010

Susan Meiselas

In History

April 10, 2010, through June 20, 2010

Susan Meiselas, best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, is one of the most socially engaged photographers of our time. Her process has evolved in radical and challenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a leading voice in the debate over the function and practice of contemporary documentary photography. This exhibition is structured around three key projects, presented in their complete form, that exemplify the evolution of Meiselas’s process and approach: photographs and audio of New England carnival strippers (1972-76); photographs, films, and public installations from Nicaragua (1978-2004); and photographs and collected archival objects and video from Kurdistan (1991-present). The exhibition encourages cross-disciplinary dialogue around issues of art, anthropology, and human rights.

Telling Landscapes

Images of American Development

March 30, 2010, through April 25, 2010

Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth

Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art

September 26, 2009, through March 14, 2010
Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth installed in the Hood galleries (2009). Photo by Jeff Nintzel.


The third in a series of comprehensive exhibitions and catalogues showcasing the permanent collection, this exhibition surveys the breadth and depth of the permanent collection and highlights key works from the holdings, only a tiny fraction of which are on view in the museum's galleries at any one time. Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth focuses on post-1945 painting, sculpture, works on paper, new media, and photography, and includes works by Mark Rothko, Ed Ruscha, Alice Neel, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, El Anatsui, Juan Munoz, Alison Saar, Amir Nour, Bob Haozous, Richard Serra, and Bill Viola, among others.

Advertising with Style

American Art Posters of the 1890s

February 06, 2010, through March 07, 2010


Feminist Protest Art

January 07, 2010, through February 07, 2010


Hood Museum