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October 20, 2015
Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto), Title Plate

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2015

This exhibition of thirty etchings from the Hood Museum of Art’s collection represents a nearly complete set of Venice-inspired prints by Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697–1768), known as Canaletto. These etchings were ultimately donated to the museum by Jean K. Weil, following the wish of her...

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October 19, 2015
Unknown maker, pair of blown-glass bottles

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2015
Katherine Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming

During their professional careers, Trevor Fairbrother and John T. Kirk have been curators, scholars and writers on art: Trevor on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and contemporary art and John on American decorative arts and furniture. Describing, analyzing, and interpreting objects have been central not only to what they do but also to who they are....

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October 19, 2015
The bust of Ota Benga

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2015
Juliette Bianco, Interim Director

Ota Benga 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...

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July 28, 2015
View of the Hood Museum of Art from the Bedford courtyard

Dartmouth Now, July 28, 2015

Gifts in excess of $10 million from longtime supporters of Dartmouth and the Hood Museum of Art will endow the director’s position at the Hood, Provost Carolyn Dever announced today.

The directorship will be known as the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art, named in recognition of gifts to the Hood endowment and in support of the current Hood expansion from the Rev. Preston Kelsey II ’58 and Virginia Rice Kelsey.

“The Kelseys’ commitment and generosity to the Hood Museum of Art—and to Dartmouth—are deep...

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June 1, 2015
Mateo Romero, Bloom

Hood Quarterly, summer 2015

In 2013, the Hood Museum of Art was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to digitize the museum’s entire collection of Native American art and make images and information about the objects available on a dedicated Web forum. As part of this three-year project, more than 3,500 Native American objects in the collection are being photographed, and experts on Native...

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June 1, 2015

Hood Quarterly, summer 2015
Juliette Bianco, Interim Director

Human nature sometimes seems most puzzling when we attempt to reconcile the mounting interconnectedness of the planet’s social, political, economic, environmental, and technological systems with daily news of acts of violence, prejudice, and misunderstanding. The visual arts can help us in this effort: images such as Therese Ritchie’s Andrew Galitju Burarrwanga and Mulung Yunupingu, for example, focus...

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June 1, 2015
Conversation with Victor Ekpuk

Hood Quarterly, summer 2015

Victor Ekpuk’s ephemeral wall drawings demonstrate the artist’s site-specific adaptation of his drawing approach to architectural working surfaces. Created without preliminary sketches or pre-formed ideas, the murals emerge out of the physical spaces they ultimately occupy, functioning much like the symbolic forms that mark sacred spaces and shrine walls in traditional societies in Africa. In this interview conducted in advance of his visit to Dartmouth, Ekpuk discusses his wall...

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June 1, 2015
Members of the Engineering 2 class in the Bernstein Study-Storage Center

Hood Quarterly, summer 2015

Sometimes, a moment of experiential learning represents such a profound confluence of art, technology, and critical inquiry that it deserves a retelling outside of the classroom (or, in this case, the Hood’s Bernstein Study-Storage Center), and this was exactly what happened for a winter-term engineering class called “Integrated Design: Engineering, Architecture, and Building...

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June 1, 2015
Benny Andrews, Witness

Hood Quarterly, summer 2015
Juliette Bianco, Interim Director

Both depicting black life in America from a well of personal emotion and experience and advocating publicly for black artists, Benny Andrews (1930–2006) never distinguished art from education from activism. One of ten children in a Madison, Georgia, sharecropper family of African, Scottish, and Cherokee lineage, Andrews always identified as African American. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he attended the School of the Art...

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June 1, 2015
Chike Obeagu, City Scape and City Dwellers II

Hood Quarterly, summer 2015

Chike Obeagu is known for his expressive mixed-media paintings that explore social experiences of the everyday. City Scape and City Dwellers II represents his most successful attempt to date to push the formal and conceptual boundaries of his subject matter, the materiality of his medium, and photo-collage technique. Obeagu presents a condensed yet an all-encompassing view of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, where...

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