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Past Exhibitions

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

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July 01, 2010, through August 29, 2010

Art That Lives?

Exploring Figural Art from Africa

July 25, 2009, through August 01, 2010

People around the world have at times responded to works of art as more than mere inanimate objects, seeing them instead as living things. This exhibition examines the complex ways that African peoples view images, especially depictions of the human form, as forces that impact personal experience. Sculptures from across the African continent reveal how art has mediated disputes, exerted political authority, and given presence to the dead.

Reflections on a Changing World

Recent Acquisitions from Museum Collecting 101

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June 05, 2010, through July 04, 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.

Perspectives on War

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May 01, 2010, through May 30, 2010

Telling Landscapes

Images of American Development

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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.

“The Artful Disposition of Shades"

The Great Age of English Mezzotints

January 19, 2010, through March 14, 2010
John Dixon after George Stubbs, A Tigress

In the century and a half before the advent of photomechanical reproductions in the mid-1800s, mezzotints were the favored medium for publicizing English paintings. Compared to traditional printmaking techniques, such as engraving and etching, the new tonal method was praised by contemporaries for its ability to represent the painterly qualities of light and shadow. Although generations of artist had used prints to heighten awareness of their designs, the establishment of regular public exhibitions in London in the second half of the eighteenth century significantly increased the demand for inexpensive and widely available editions of fashionable pictures. Many painters embraced the picturesque appearance of mezzotints, including Reynolds, Turner, and Constable.

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American Art Posters of the 1890s

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February 06, 2010, through March 07, 2010

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