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December 4, 2015

In keeping with Dartmouth’s longstanding leadership in teaching and research related to climate and the environment, the Hood Museum of Art has developed significant holdings of art that touches on these themes, particularly in the area of contemporary photography, with works by Subhankar Banerjee, Virginia Beahan,...

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November 4, 2015
View of the Hood Museum of Art from the Bedford courtyard

Dartmouth Now, November 04, 2015 
by Hannah Silverstein, MALS ’09

John Stomberg has been named the inaugural Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art, Provost Carolyn Dever announced today. He will begin work on Jan. 4, 2016.

“John is a strategic thinker with deep experience who has a tremendous ability to build relationships that inspire innovative, student-centered programming—everything we could ask for in a leader of the Hood,” says Dever. “I’m delighted that he will be joining the Dartmouth community.”

A specialist in American...

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November 2, 2015
Julissa Llosa ’10, Homma Family Curatorial Intern, gives a gallery talk on her A Space for Dialogue installation, Riot: Feminist Protest Art. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Since 2001, the Hood Museum of Art has mounted an ongoing series of student-curated mini-exhibitions drawn from the museum’s collections. A Space for Dialogue is a unique aspect of the museum’s senior internship program. Mentored by museum staff, the interns perform independent research, select objects to exhibit, develop their own interpretive strategies, and express their ideas in their own voices. They write descriptive labels, work with Hood staff to design the...

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October 20, 2015
Students and a teacher gathered around artwork at the Hood Museum

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2015

This fall marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Hood Museum of Art and the thirty-fifth anniversary of one of its foundational education programs: the Images multiple-visit program, which has served approximately thirteen thousand regional school children since its 1980 inception. Images is offered for students in grades 4 through 6 and brings each group to the museum six times during the...

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October 20, 2015
Attributed to William Hart, Tannery in the Catskills, early 1850s, oil on canvas.

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2015

Tannery in the Catskills is remarkable for its fusion of a romantic, mid-19th–century landscape aesthetic with a detailed depiction of industry—a subject usually antithetical to the pastoral ideal. The painting’s mountainous terrain, atmospheric perspective, and elevated vantage point typify the idealized compositions that lured tourists to such picturesque destinations as the Catskills and the White Mountains....

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October 20, 2015
The south façade of the Hood Museum of Art and Maffei Arts Plaza with Kiki Smith's Refuge. Ellsworth Kelly's Dartmouth Panels are just visible through the foliage at left.

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2015

Kiki Smith, Hoarfrost with Rabbit [now titled Refuge], 2014, stainless steel

I trust my work. It’s a collaboration with the material, and when it’s viewed, it’s a collaboration with the world. What your work is resides in between those different spaces.
—Kiki Smith, 2005

Kiki Smith is one of the most inventive and intuitive artists of her generation. Her work engages with a...

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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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