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December 4, 2015

The Hood’s collection of more than three hundred Japanese woodblock prints is a valuable teaching resource. The collection includes prints in a wide variety of formats representing major print genres, including kabuki actor prints (yakusha-e), pictures of fashionable women (bijinga), perspective prints (uki-e), landscape prints (fūkeiga), warrior prints (musha-e), pictures of foreigners residing in Yokohama (Yokohama-e), prints depicting Japan’s late nineteenth-century modernization (kaika-e), and early twentieth-century prints...

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August 20, 2013
Fan Tchunpi, Pine Branches

September 7 through December 8, 2013

Hood Museum of Art Presents the Art of Fan Tchunpi

Fan Tchunpi (1898–1986) was one of the most important and prolific Chinese artists of the modern era, and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of her work since her 1984 retrospective at the Musée Cernuschi (Asian Art Museum) in Paris. Between Tradition and Modernity: The Art of Fan Tchunpi examines Fan Tchunpi’s search for an artistic language that would...

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June 1, 2013
Fan Tchunpi, White Mountain Landscape

Hood Quarterly, summer 2013
Xinyue Guo ’14

Fan Tchunpi, one of the most important and prolific Chinese women artists of the modern era, painted this atmospheric view of New Hampshire’s White Mountains while living with her eldest son, Meng Chi Tsen, in Brookline, Massachusetts, in the early 1960s. According to her son, Fan Tchunpi liked to drive her Volkswagen minibus, load- ed with art supplies, on long road trips around New England while...

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March 1, 2013

Hood Quarterly, spring 2013
Allen Hockley Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Dartmouth College, and curator of the exhibition

Initial encounters with the prints in this exhibition might suggest to first-time viewers that they are little more than beautifully rendered pictures of fashionable women. Such an assessment accurately but only partially characterizes the viewing experience the artists intended for them. In early-twentieth-century...

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March 1, 2013

Hood Quarterly, spring 2013
Eunice Lee ’13

Prior to my experience in Professor Allen Hockley’s spring 2012 art history course on Japanese woodblock prints, I had virtually no knowledge of their stature or origins. I soon learned that the culture from which these prints emerged was racy and scandalous, based as it was on the ukiyo-e (“floating world”) pleasures of Yoshiwara brothels and kabuki theater. Thoroughly intrigued from the very first class meeting, I dove into the course contents and...

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January 24, 2013
Itō Shinsui, Eyebrow Pencil

Hood Museum Exhibition Showcases Works from Major Promised Gift of Japanese Prints

An exceptional private collection of Japanese woodblock prints will be presented at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College from April 6 to July 28, 2013. The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints will display nearly 100 examples from the Barkers’ extensive collection of Japanese prints that showcases two centuries of Japanese print designers’ engagement with female subjects....

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September 1, 2011

Hood Quarterly, autumn/winter 2011-12

This past year, along with many generous individual donations of works of art, the Hood Museum of Art received a number of significant group gifts. These works from patrons and donors will add significantly to both our contemporary and our photography collections. In addition to the gifts listed here, we also received a gift of five works from the Sam...

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September 1, 2010

Hood Quarterly, autumn/winter 2010-11
25th Anniversary Issue

There is no Tibetan equivalent for the word “art” as it is defined in the West.

The closest approximation is lha dri pa—literally, “to draw a deity.” Traditionally, neither the Tibetan language nor the Tibetan cultural framework has recognized art for art’s sake, and an artist’s efficacy rests in his ability to precisely replicate an established visual language and portray the essence of a particular deity.

This puts contemporary Tibetan artists in a...

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March 1, 2009

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2009
Alex Bortolot, Assistant Curator, Special Projects

The Hood Museum of Art is delighted to present the first major museum exhibition to focus solely on tapis, the heavily ornamented ceremonial sarongs made and worn by women in the south Sumatran province of Lampung, Indonesia. Tapis are made from cloth strips that are woven by hand from dyed cotton and silk threads, then sewn together into a...

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September 1, 2008

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2008
Emily Shubert, Assistant Curator, Special Projects

Hiroh Kikai is a contemporary Japanese photographer renowned for his black-andwhite portraits of people in Asakusa, Tokyo, a neighborhood with a colorful past now known for both traditional comedy theater and some of the most innovative burlesque in the world. Over the past three decades, Kikai has created an extensive and unforgettable series of street portraits from the diverse mass of people who pass...

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