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October 11, 2017
Sound artist Christine Sun Kim's work titled The Grid of Prefixed Acousmatics (2017), installed in Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center for the Arts. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

This fall, sound takes over Dartmouth College with large-scale commissions for an exhibition project featuring internationally renowned artists. Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth is the first exhibition of sound art presented by the Hood Museum of Art, and more widely, one of the largest group commissioning projects of sound art to date. It represents a crucial step in the creation of sound art through a diverse set of new, site-specific work located on the Dartmouth College campus, offering visitors a glimpse into the highly varied and imaginative world of sound art.

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October 11, 2017
Photo by Robert Gill.

Hood Quarterly, fall 2017
John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director 

Center for What?

Object-based inquiry might not roll off the tongue, but it perfectly describes the core activity of the Hood. Objects hold myriad stories. Over decades, centuries, and even millennia these stories multiply, expand, and evolve. Through it all, the objects themselves remain, steadfast beacons of individuals, communities, and eras long gone.

The Hood houses a wide...

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June 15, 2017
Photo by Robert Gill.

Hood Quarterly, summer 2017
John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director

Out of sight, but not out of mind.

The collection is the heart of the museum, and though it is not currently on view, it is very much on our minds. Several ambitious projects now underway directly involve the art in our care and the future of its presentation at the museum. Foremost among these has been our curators’ effort to acquire significant new works in a variety of collecting...

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April 12, 2017
Ingo Günther, installation of the World Processor series at Hood Downtown, illuminated globes. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Hood Quarterly, spring 2017
Juliette Bianco, Deputy Director
​Katherine Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming

Ingo Günther: World Processor
Hood Downtown | March 24–May 28, 2017

Amy Balkin and Luis Delgado-Qualtrough
Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center for the Arts | March 24–April 30, 2017

This spring, the Hood dips into the world of big data by...

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April 12, 2017
Photo by Robert Gill.

Hood Quarterly, spring 2017
John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director

The Responsive Museum

At Dartmouth, we talk a lot about the need for our students to learn adaptability above all other skills. While the challenges of the twenty-first century are still largely unknown, we are certain they will be myriad, daunting, and quickly evolving. It stands to reason that the best preparation Dartmouth can offer students is the ability to face change with courage...

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January 7, 2017
Peter Stackpole, Jeanne Crain (cover shot for Life magazine, September 30, 1946), 1946 (print probably 1970s), gelatin silver print. Purchased through the Elizabeth and David C. Lowenstein ’67 Fund and the Fund for Contemporary Photography; 2016.30.17.

Hood Quarterly, winter 2017

Photography at the Hood: An Update

The two biggest stories of twentieth-century art were abstraction and the emergence of photography. The first is well represented in all its variety by the Hood collection, from its 1912 Pablo Picasso to the Mark Rothko, the Ellsworth Kelly, the Alma Thomas, and the Pat Steir, among many other great works of art. The second story is one we are now redoubling our efforts to tell fully. There are many issues...

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January 7, 2017
Photo by Robert Gill.

Hood Quarterly, winter 2017
John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director

A time to dream, a time to plan.

It started with a dream: build a museum with state-of-the-art classrooms, new galleries, and a great façade right on the Dartmouth Green. We dared to imagine spaces activated by students, faculty, and community members engaging with art on a daily basis.

As you know, that vision is fast becoming reality. The new museum will include increased...

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January 7, 2017
Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Curator of African Art
Hood Quarterly, winter 2017

In late 2013, Bahar Behbahani began a series of paintings inspired by her contemplation of the question of identity. She first came to the United States from Iran in 2003. For a while, she moved between Tehran and the United States before relocating permanently to New York in 2007. As a significant leitmotif of Iranian cultural experience, Persian gardens represented a logical recourse for...

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September 1, 2016

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2016

After twenty-six years at the Hood Museum of Art, Lesley Wellman, Hood Foundation Curator of Education, will be leaving to take a new position as Head of Multigenerational Learning at the Saint Louis Art Museum in September. Lesley has consistently penned the Community of Learners section of the Hood Quarterly, and we are delighted to dedicate this issue’s...

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September 1, 2016
James Nachtwey. Photo by Eli Burakian.

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2016

Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming Katherine Hart sent James Nachtwey a series of questions upon the completion of the museum’s acquisition of his life’s work. Here are his replies.

What does the archive’s coming to Dartmouth mean to you?

Beginning in 1981, I committed myself to documenting contemporary history, worldwide, as...

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