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June 1, 2013

Hood Quarterly, summer 2013
Virginia Beahan, Senior Lecturer, and Brian Miller, Senior Lecturer

Two professors who teach photography in the Studio Art Department, Virginia Beahan and Brian Miller, have organized an exhibition that looks at the Hood Museum of Art’s collection through a particular lens: transgressive photography, or works that cross boundaries and perhaps change the way we view the world.

Virginia Beahan

The medium of photography originated in the 1800s as a means of...

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June 1, 2013
Ansel Adams, Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958, negative date: 1958; print date: between 1963 and 1973, gelatin silver print. Purchased in memory of Edward A. Hansen, Member of the Board of the Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art, with gifts from his wi

Hood Quarterly, summer 2013

Considered the preeminent 20th-century landscape photographer, Ansel Adams demonstrates his mastery in conveying the effects of light in a landscape in this iconic image of an aspen wood. The photograph was acquired in memory of Edward Hansen, a former member of the Board of the Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art, with funds donated in his honor by his friends and family, his wife, Julia, and his children, Victoria, Class of 1988, and Christopher, Class of 1985. When Hansen...

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June 1, 2012

Hood Quarterly, summer 2012
Katherine Hart, Associate Director and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, with Chanon (Kenji) Praepipatmongkol ’13

Chanon (Kenji) Praepipatmongkol ’13, a Dartmouth undergraduate who took the Hood’s Museum Collecting 101 seminar, is a curatorial intern for 2011–12 and served as co-curator, along with Katherine Hart, Associate Director and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, of...

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June 1, 2012

Hood Quarterly, summer 2012

Since 2002, the Hood Museum of Art has offered Dartmouth students a non-curricular seminar titled Museum Collecting 101, which gives them the opportunity to learn about the museum’s acquisition policy and also the criteria a curator uses to evaluate works for purchase.The course culminates in the students’ selection of a photograph for the museum’s holdings.

In 2009, the subject of the class was documentary photography, and students that year were asked to think about a number...

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March 1, 2012

Hood Quarterly, spring 2012
Juliette Bianco, Assistant Director and co-curator of the exhibition

Nature Transformed takes as its starting point a remarkable series of photographs by internationally celebrated artist Edward Burtynsky. His now signature pursuit of conceptual subjects—from oil extraction in the United States and in Azerbaijan to shipbreaking in Bangladesh, electronics factories and immense wire recycling yards in China, and nickel and uranium mine tailings in Canada—...

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March 1, 2012

Hood Quarterly, spring 2012

Man Ray (1890–1976), a pioneering American modernist associated with dada and surrealism, captured this image as part of a photographic series he made beginning in 1934 of “mathematical objects”—old plaster models of algebraic formulae that he encountered on display in dusty cases in Paris’s Institut Henri Poincaré, named for the highly influential mathematician who popularized principles of relativity and non-Euclidian geometry (the geometry of curved planes). Man Ray appropriated these...

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March 1, 2012

Hood Quarterly, spring 2012

The Hood Museum of Art is home to the George Maciunas Memorial Collection, established upon Maciunas’s death in 1978 to honor the Lithuanian-born founder of the international movement Fluxus. This radical and influential cultural phenomenon emerged in the early 1960s as part of a global cultural impulse to blur the boundaries between art and life. The George Maciunas Memorial Collection, which grew to just over five hundred...

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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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March 1, 2011

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2011
Jacquelynn Baas, Exhibition curator, emeritus director of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and chief curator and then founding director of the Hood Museum of Art from 1982 until 1989

One recent letter form my mother counsels me that "Life is like an onion: you peel it off layer by layer, and sometimes you weep" . . . Considering my life a failure, she often ends her letters with the painful rhetorical question...

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March 1, 2010

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2010
Mary Desjardins, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Dartmouth College

American films made during the “golden age” of Hollywood, the era when the film studios produced almost five hundred films a year, have held a place of esteem in art museums, college film societies, and academic departments for almost a century. Interest in the artistic and historical values of the work produced by Hollywood studio photographers,...

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