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June 1, 2007

Hood Quarterly, summer 2007

A work of art is a form of communication that employs a visual language,rather than words, to express its meaning. But can this language help students improve their critical interpretation skills? Carl Thum, director of the Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth, wanted to know, and he and Lesley Wellman, curator of education at the Hood, added the exercise of “reading” a work of art into Thum’s Writing 5 course curriculum, which is crafted to develop students’ analytical thinking,...

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February 28, 2007

Hood Quarterly, spring 2007
Susan E. Knapp, excerpt courtesy of Dartmouth Life (February 2007)

Visitors to the Hood Museum of Art know immediately that Dartmouth students are involved. One of the first things they encounter at the Hood is A Space for Dialogue. This area is reserved to showcase items from the permanent collection that are chosen by the museum’s student interns. The exhibitions are...

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February 28, 2007

Hood Quarterly, spring 2007

For more than two decades, the Hood’s weekend programs for families and children have provided opportunities for younger audiences to explore works of art in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Some events are designed for adults and children to learn about art in the galleries together, create studio projects, watch demonstrations, or participate in performances.

The Family Day taking place on April 22, Life in the Arctic, is a good example of this type of...

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January 1, 2007

Hood Quarterly, winter 2007

In the fall, the Hood made all Family Days and Teen Workshops free, adding them to the museum’s long list of programs that are also free, including lectures, gallery talks,receptions, symposia, tours, workshops, and ArtVentures. “We feel strongly that the museum and the full breadth of its programs should be fully accessible to our diverse audiences,” notes Lesley Wellman, Curator of Education.“This...

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January 1, 2007

Hood Quarterly, winter 2007

What do robots and art have in common? More than you might expect, and the significant connections between them inspired an exciting collaboration last summer among the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth, regional young people, and the Hood Museum of Art.

Each summer the Office of the Provost and the Department of Computer Science co-sponsor the Summer Robotics Program for Upper Valley Youth. Taught by visiting scholar Suzanne Thompson, Dartmouth students, and faculty...

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September 1, 2006

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2006
Lesley Wellman, Curator of Education

In many of the programs offered at the Hood, we engage visitors in the active interpretation of works of art. This engagement takes many different forms, but one that we have found works well for school children, teenagers, college students, and adults is descriptive and creative writing in response to works of art. The following poems inspired by works in the American collection demonstrate how effective this approach can be. Both poems...

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September 1, 2006

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2006 

This fall when you visit the Hood, make a point to see the current Space for Dialogue exhibition in the entrance lobby. Five powerful selections from the collection including prints by Francisco Goya and Käthe Kollwitz, photographs by James Nachtwey and Dmitri Baltermants, and a bronze sculpture by Marius Jean Antonin Mercie come together to present a profound and moving picture of war and its victims.

On view through...

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June 1, 2004

Hood Quarterly, summer 2004
Kevin Perry ’04, Megan Fontanella ’04, and Jennifer Schreck ’04, Hood Museum of Art interns

This winter, Kevin Perry ’04, public relations intern, interviewed Megan Fontanella ’04, Class of 1954 intern, and Jennifer Schreck ’04, part-time special projects intern, about the exhibition they curated during their senior year. The show features the work of over two dozen photographers, all of them women, from the permanent collection of the Hood.

KEVIN: Why...

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June 1, 2004

Hood Quarterly, summer 2004

This past term, twelve Dartmouth undergraduates gave up their Monday evenings for six consecutive weeks to participate in a non-credit course offered by the Hood. As a group, these individuals studied the museum’s small but distinguished collection of photographs, participated in discussions about the history of that medium, and became acquainted with the ethics of standard curatorial practice. Ultimately, these students helped strengthen the permanent holdings by advising the Hood on the acquisition of a single work of art. The work they...

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January 1, 2004

Hood Quarterly, winter 2004
 

Every year in October, as part of the annual observation of National Arts and Humanities Month, the Hood pays tribute to its dedicated volunteers by naming a Volunteer of the Year. This past fall, we were pleased to recognize the contributions of Mary Cooper. Mary has been a docent since the opening of the Hood in 1985. Throughout the past 18 years, her service has been distinguished by her interactive approach to teaching in the galleries, and she has made art come alive for many of our...

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