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Past Exhibitions

Critical Faculties

Teaching with the Hood's Collections

January 15, 2005, through March 13, 2005

The Hood begins the year with Critical Faculties: Teaching with the Hood's Collections. This unique exhibition has been organized by faculty members of four of the museum's main academic constituents at the college. Art History, Studio Art, Classics, and Anthropology have installed objects from the Hood's collections that represent each discipline's approach to teaching with art, offering visitors the opportunity to experience works of art that represent a wide range of media and periods through various perspectives.

Transcending Time

Recent Work by Bill Viola and Lorna Simpson

January 22, 2005, through March 13, 2005

This bold new exhibition features work by contemporary video artists Bill Viola and Lorna Simpson. Both artists respond directly to European painterly tradition by using film and digital technology to explore the representation of themes found in early Renaissance and Old Master works. Two of the four works featured in this exhibition are new recent acquisitions and represent an ambitious new direction for the Hood's collection.

Reality and its Alternatives

Selections from the Permanent Collection

December 04, 2005, through March 13, 2005

White Eyes, Black Faces

The Depiction of African Americans by White Artists

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January 04, 2005, through February 14, 2005

Leger, Tanning, and Daura

Sexuality and Surrealism

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September 18, 2004, through January 03, 2005

Dreaming of Country

Painting, Place, and People in Australia

March 06, 2004, through December 05, 2004

The epic narratives of the Dreaming, the genesis of land and humanity, comprise the most powerful means of organizing, understanding, and reconstituting the significance of place and people in Australian Aboriginal societies. This exhibition features eleven contemporary Aboriginal paintings depicting stories from the Dreaming. In these abstract works, desert artists evoke the connection between land and visual narrative in order to convey and preserve cultural heritage, identity, and knowledge despite two hundred years of oppressive settler governance and alienation from their homelands.

Polynesian Tapa

Decorated Barkcloth from Tonga and Samoa

October 23, 2004, through November 28, 2004

Illuminating Instruments

Studying Light at Dartmouth

June 19, 2004, through October 17, 2004

Luis Gispert

Loud Image

June 05, 2004, through September 19, 2004

In his first solo exhibition, artist Luis Gispert profoundly critiques the various dominant cultures and subcultures in contemporary American life, addressing issues of ethnicity, youth, power, and beauty. Gispert was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised primarily in Miami. He trained first at Miami-Dade Community College and then at the Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University. Today, he lives and works in Brooklyn. His work cannily explores and confronts familiar aspects of youth culture, art history, hip-hop music, and, most recently, his own Cuban American background. His vividly colored photographs and booming sound sculptures have been shown widely throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle East, and have become virtual mainstays in recent surveys of contemporary art practices.

Looking Backward, Moving Forward

Women Photographers in the Hood's Collection

June 12, 2004, through September 19, 2004

The advent of the photograph in the early nineteenth century introduced new dimensions to image making. Since then, photographers have experimented with a variety of techniques while producing images that confront the realities of a changing world. This exhibition both reflects on the evolution of photography and identifies important work collected by the museum, focusing on an especially strong group of photographs by women artists, including Julia Margaret Cameron, Gertrude Käsebier, Claude Cahun, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Justine Kurland, and Janine Gordon.

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