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June 1, 2016
Ellsworth Kelly, Dartmouth Panels, 2012, painted aluminum. Gift of Debra and Leon Black, Class of 1973; 2012.35. Photo by Eli Burakian.

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2016
John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director

The energy of Ellsworth Kelly’s Dartmouth Panels startles me every time I walk by them, which, happily, is quite often. The five color panels looming over the Maffei Arts Plaza shift subtly throughout the day as the light changes, the hues sliding toward the blue end of their range early on and warming to the yellow end as the day proceeds—all...

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December 6, 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.

Dartmouth College has a distinguished collection of works of public art throughout its campus. Ellsworth Kelly’s stunning Dartmouth Panels (2012)—a major site-specific work consisting of five monochromatic aluminum panels, each painted in a single block of radiant color—were designed for the east façade of the Hopkins Center’s Spaulding Auditorium, facing the Black Family Visual Arts Center. More recently, the College unveiled Kiki...

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December 4, 2015
Orozco Room in Baker-Berry Library

The Epic of American Civilization is an extensive mural cycle created by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934. One of Orozco’s finest creations and one of Dartmouth’s most treasured works, it was designated a national historic landmark in 2013.

The mural is composed of...

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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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May 1, 2015
Allan Houser, Morning Solitude

Dartmouth College Celebrates Sculpture of Allan Houser

Allan Houser (1914–1994), one of the best-known Native American artists of the twentieth century, continues to be an influential figure in the field of Southwestern sculpture in the United States. This May, the Hood Museum of Art installs five sculptures by Houser in the Maffei Arts Plaza, adjacent to the museum and the Black Family Visual Arts Center. These works represent a cross-section of his large three-dimensional work from the years 1986 to 1992. There will also be two...

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January 15, 2015
Gar Waterman, Feral Seed

Hood Quarterly, winter 2015

A member of Dartmouth’s Class of 1978, Gar Waterman is best known for his meticulously hand-crafted sculptures and large-scale public art projects that take their inspiration from natural forms, such as plants, insects, shells, fish, nudibranchs, and other marine creatures. The youngest son of the pioneering oceanographic filmmaker Stan Waterman, Class of 1946, the artist grew up exploring the Maine coast and the barrier reefs of the South Pacific, which he visited between the ages...

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July 10, 2014
Detail from José Clemente Orozco, The Epic of American Civilization: The Departure of Quetzalcoatl (Panel 7), 1932-34, fresco. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College; P.943.13.7. Photo by Eli Burakian ’00

Dartmouth Now, July 10, 2014

One of the most renowned art treasures at Dartmouth College is the ambitious mural The Epic of American Civilization, painted by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934 in the reserve corridor of Baker-Berry Library, now the Orozco Room. The fresco is considered one of the finest examples of mural painting in this country by one of the greatest twentieth-century practitioners of public art.

In addition to...

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June 1, 2014
Florian Jenkins, The Life of Malcolm X, June 15–October 15, 1972, acrylic on cotton canvas and linen canvas. Commissioned by the Afro-American Society, Dartmouth College; P.972.231.

Florian Jenkins and The Life of Malcolm X (1972) at Dartmouth College

Hood Quarterly, summer 2014
Crishuana Williams

Crishuana Williams, Class of 2012, sat down with artist Florian Jenkins to discuss 
the mural titled The Life of Malcolm X (1972), forty years after he painted the panels in Cutter-Shabazz Hall at Dartmouth College. Below is a...

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May 22, 2014
Jerry Rosembert-Moise, Lakou Mizik, 2013, spraypaint on plywood. Collection of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Anne and Jack Wilson.

May 22, 2014
Hood Museum of Art

Jerry Rosembert-Moise is a Haitian street artist whose socially engaged graffiti draws on the playful style of mid-century Haitian painting to create a critical yet hopeful commentary on contemporary Haitian life. His work also reflects the influence of the late-twentieth-century graffiti movement and global hip-hop culture. Working under the artist name “Jerry,” and usually at night, he has animated the buildings, walls, and streets of several Haitian cities. Jerry also works on canvas and has shown his work at galleries in Haiti and the United...

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March 1, 2014
“Perdido,” a 1978 sculpture by Clement Meadmore

Hood Quarterly, spring 2014

The Australian-born artist Clement Meadmore (1929–2005) is best known for large-scale outdoor sculptures that transform hulking lengths of COR-TEN steel into abstract artworks of arresting fluidity and lightness. In the 1940s, Meadmore studied aeronautical engineering and industrial design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and initially pursued a career as a furniture designer. In 1953, he decided to become a sculptor and moved to Sydney to pursue his...

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