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April 26, 2016

Hood Quarterly, winter 2003

A drawing by Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955) entitled Le disque dans la vie (The Disk in the City, 1920) is just one of a number of superb modern works on paper recently given to the Hood Museum of Art by Elizabeth E. Craig.

Within this impressive gift, which includes drawings by such major artists as...

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March 9, 2016
The Hood's Frederic Remington painting Shotgun Hospitality (1908) is now on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Plan a road trip to see works from the Hood’s permanent collection.*

One of the challenges museums and institutions face when undergoing a major renovation or expansion project—the Hood is doing both—is figuring out how to care for the collection during such an invasive process, which takes place in what is otherwise a safe and secure home to thousands of works of art and culturally significant objects. While much of the Hood’s collection will be safely stored offsite for the duration of the construction, nearly fifty works of art will...

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January 14, 2016
Ota Benga Panel Discussion Event

A Special Installation and Panel Discussion

Ota Benga (about 1883–1916) was a grossly mistreated and mostly neglected figure in the history of our country. He was taken prisoner in the Congo and transferred to the United States for display in the 1904 World’s Fair and then sent to live in the Bronx Zoo with the apes; he eventually committed suicide in 1916.

One hundred years later, Fred Wilson discovered in the Hood Museum of Art’s storage a forgotten object that the museum had nevertheless chosen to hold in its care: a head sculpted using a life cast, labeled “pygmy.”...

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January 12, 2016
Will Owen

Honoring Will Owen through an Installation of Contemporary Art

The winter 2016 exhibition Contemporary Abstraction includes six works from the Will Owen and Harvey Wagner Collection of Indigenous Australian Art. Harvey and Will gifted these works—and over 600 others—to the museum beginning in 2009. Will Owen died unexpectedly on December 2, 2015, and his friends at the Hood Museum of Art have dedicated this installation of contemporary abstract works to his memory.

Will Owen...

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December 15, 2015
Artist rendering of the north façade of the expanded Hood Museum of Art. Rendering by MARCH.

by Hannah Silverstein, MALS ’09

Work is set to begin this spring on a $50 million expansion and renovation of the Hood Museum of Art.

Plans call for the creation of a prominent gray- and white-brick façade facing the Green that will proclaim the Hood’s presence on campus; a new Center for Object-Based Inquiry that will triple the museum’s capacity to fulfill its teaching mission; 40 percent more gallery space; and a flexible concourse that will be a new venue for gatherings and performances.

In...

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December 15, 2015
Rendering of Center for Object-Based Inquiry

by Hannah Silverstein, MALS '09

Asked what he thinks about joining the Hood Museum of Art just before a $50 million expansion and renovation project begins, incoming Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director John Stomberg laughs. “You mean, what’s wrong with me?”

The new director, who starts work on Jan. 4, is full of ideas about how the Hood can remain a vital part of campus life during the construction period. Implementing these ideas will begin, he says, while the museum is still open this winter.

“This term is going to be a celebration of all of the things the Hood does...

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December 7, 2015
Line drawing of the new north façade and plaza

Hood Quarterly, winter 2016

The Hood Museum of Art is excited to announce the ambitious expansion and renovation of its facility, set to begin later this year. We anticipate closing the museum in mid-March, with excavation, construction, and reinstallation likely to continue until 2019 (Dartmouth’s 250th anniversary). Along the way, you will have many exciting and new opportunities to stay connected to the Hood through programs, special exhibitions, and partnerships on campus and in the community, as well as...

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December 7, 2015
Inventory: New Works and Conversations around African Art in the Friends and Cheatham Galleries. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

An Exhibition of Contemporary African Art from the Hood's Permanent Collection

Hood Quarterly, winter 2016
Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Curator of African Art

The Hood Museum of Art’s compelling new African art exhibition features impressive works by Ibrahim El Salahi, Lamidi Fakeye, Akin Fakeye, Owusu-Ankomah, Victor Ekpuk, Chike Obeagu, Candice Breitz, Nomusa Makhubu, Julien Sinzogan, Aida Muluneh, Halida Boughriet, Mario...

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December 7, 2015
Ice Cut (1932) by Eric Aho

Hood Quarterly, winter 2016
Katherine Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming

The avanto, or hole in pond ice next to a Finnish sauna, has absorbed Vermont artist Eric Aho for the last nine years. In an ongoing series, he has focused on this subject for one or two paintings per year, and he has executed many watercolor studies (see the slideshow above), as well as smaller canvases and a series of monotypes. Aho, trained as a...

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December 7, 2015
John Stomberg

Hood Quarterly, winter 2016
John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director

It is a great pleasure to write to you as the inaugural Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art. The Hood has long been a leader in its field and has constantly advanced its practice through innovative approaches to collecting, exhibiting, and teaching with art. Faculty members from multiple disciplines rely on the Hood for the pedagogical enhancements it brings to classes, students look to it for both...

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