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Past Exhibitions

The Art of Sonia Landy Sheridan

October 10, 2009, through January 3, 2010

This exhibition presents over sixty works by Sonia Landy Sheridan, who through her art has investigated the inner landscape of her own intensely creative, and often playful, intelligence. Sheridan is known for her work with the new forms of technology that sparked the late-twentieth-century communications revolution as well as her experience as both an inspiring teacher and artist-in-residence at the 3M Company. This exhibition, a retrospective view of Sheridan's artistic production from the 1950s to the present, is organized in thematic sections and culminates with her important work with various early imaging machines, such as the first color copier by 3M and early computer graphic systems.

Reading Images

Prints by Robert Rauschenberg

September 24, 2009, through November 30, 2009

Robert Rauschenberg has often been called one of the most influential American artists of the latter half of the twentieth century. He is best known for his assemblage work, in which he combined painting with found objects. While his art retained many expressionistic and painterly traits, his frequent use of materials from popular culture made him an important transitional figure between abstract expressionism and Pop Art. Rauschenberg regarded his methods as comprising a collaboration with materials rather than a conscious manipulation of them. This open-minded attitude toward art led him to experiment with a greater range of media than perhaps any other contemporary artist.

Rauschenberg's residency at Dartmouth College in 1963 marked a transitional period in his career, during which he sought alternatives to assemblage by experimenting with the printmaking process. The high level of cooperation inherent in printmaking made it especially suited to Rauschenberg, who was prone to collaborative ventures. Over the years, he worked with various printmakers and also choreographers, such as Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown, and also arranged and performed his own pieces.... read more

Félix de la Concha

Private Portraits/Public Conversations

April 04, 2009, through September 27, 2009

The Hood Museum of Art continues its series of major public art projects, in conjunction with the Dartmouth Centers Forum, in a multimedia exhibition of fifty-one portraits exploring the ways members of the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities have encountered conflict and how they made--or are making--the journey toward reconciliation.

De la Concha's effort to capture a truthful portrait results in a multidimensional representation of his encounter with his sitters--each one is intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally charged. Each portrait session lasted two hours, during which time the artist interviewed the sitter, and video- and audio-taped the entire experience. The artist added the aspect of video recording for the Hood project as a means of reconstructing, in real time, what transpired in each two-hour session. Thus, "portrait" here comprises painted representation, spoken narrative, and the visual recording of the interaction between artist and subject.

When Men and Mountains Meet

Artists Celebrating the White Mountains

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August 25, 2009, through September 20, 2009

America

In Black and White?

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April 30, 2009, through May 31, 2009

Confronting Class

Four Depictions of Women in Mid-Twentieth-Century American Art

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March 05, 2009, through April 26, 2009

Focus on Photography

Works from 1950 to Today

January 13, 2009, through March 08, 2009

Focus on Photography surveys the Hood Museum of Art's post-1950 photography collection concentrating on two major themes: portraiture and landscape. Bridging these two themes, a small assortment of documentary and photojournalist works will present work by major figures such as James Nachtwey, Sebastiao Salgado, and Eugene Smith. Focus on Photography maps several contemporary trends in photography including a trend towards adolescence in portraiture, the clash of man versus nature in landscape imagery, the negotiation of identity through self-portraiture, and images of the urban landscape.

In addition, Focus on Photography will trace advances in technology that drive a number of artists's work, including digital photography and computer manipulation (with artists like Loretta Lux), photogenics (Lotte Jacobi), extended exposure times (Gary Schnieder and Matthew Pillsbury) and camera obscura (Abe Morell). Even with such developments, the show will underscore how artists working today continue to draw on traditional subject matters, styles, and processes.

Bearing Witness

The Abu Ghraib Project by Daniel Heyman

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December 05, 2008, through February 01, 2009

Immanence and Revelation

The Art of Ben Frank Moss

September 13, 2008, through January 04, 2009

This exhibition of more than seventy paintings, drawings, and prints by Ben Frank Moss honors the artist’s twenty years at Dartmouth College, where he has served as chairman of the Studio Art Department and, since 1993, as the George Frederick Jewett Professor of Studio Art. Ranging from expansive, luminous landscapes inspired by Northwest summers to intimate, nearly abstract still lifes, these works reveal the artist’s fascination with lush color, essential forms, and an ineffable, enveloping presence beyond the subject at hand. The accompanying catalogue, which is the most comprehensive examination of Moss’s career to date, includes an extensive interview with the artist and an overview of his career written by former Moss student Joshua Chuang, Class of 1998, now an assistant curator at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Coastline to Skyline

The Philip H. Greene Gift of California Watercolors, 1930-1960

October 11, 2008, through January 04, 2009

This exhibition celebrates the recent gift from Hanover resident Philip H. Greene of thirteen works by the California-style watercolorists.  The mostly southern California artists who made up this informal but close-knit group were most active from the late 1920s through the 1950s.  They achieved national recognition for their generally large-scale watercolors painted with broad, saturated washes in a manner that was bold and expressive, yet representational.  Among the best known of the group were Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, Rex Brandt, Barse Miller, Emil Kosa Jr., and, from northern California, Dong Kingman.  Just as their regionalist contemporaries Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton portrayed traditions associated with everyday life in the rural midwest, these artists celebrated their West Coast environs through images of the state's dramatic coastline, agricultural and fishing traditions, public amusements, and bustling cities.  While many of the artists seem to pay homage in their work to a way of life that was disappearing in the face of urban development, others convey in their watercolors an appreciation for the modern Southland cityscape.  In keeping with the populist,... read more

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