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September 1, 2016
Laetitia Soulier: The Fractal Architectures on view at Hood Downtown through December 11, 2016. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2016
John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director

Fractals abound in nature, unfold mathematically, and have inspired a new generation of computer-based image-makers who bridge science and art to create abstract patterns. Laetitia Soulier is not one of them. Though she is deeply engaged in the visual possibilities that fractals offer, her artistic practice asserts human creativity and handcraft in a universe most often understood digitally, and...

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September 1, 2016
Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1993.

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2016

The Hood Museum of Art has acquired the complete archive of James Nachtwey, an award-winning photojournalist who has spent over 35 years documenting conditions in some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. This acquisition brings to Dartmouth a photography collection of great historical significance, encompassing every...

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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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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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July 13, 2016
Dartmouth students in the Hood's conference room participating in the 2016 spring session of Museum Collecting 101. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

by Eva Munday '16, Hood Programming Class of 1954 Intern

Dartmouth students take with them various memories of their college years, whether volunteering at a local organization, a performance at the Hopkins Center, service as a class officer, or participation in a particularly important campus discussion. For the past fifteen years, the Hood Museum of Art has been providing another a memorable experience for students, and also an opportunity to leave their mark on campus. In a special non-curricular course, a group of Dartmouth students get to choose a work of art for the Hood's...

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July 11, 2016
Hood detour map.

by Hannah Silverstein, MALS ’09

The expansion and renovation of the Hood Museum of Art begins this summer—and while planners are doing everything possible to minimize disruptions to the community, a few are inevitable, they say.

“We will do everything we can to mitigate noise and movement and vibrations,” says Lisa Hogarty, vice president of Campus Services. She says faculty, students, and staff should be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the worksite, especially along Wheelock Street, Vox Lane, and Crosby Street....

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June 1, 2016
Photo by Robert Gill.

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

It is a special time in the long evolution of the museum at Dartmouth. For nearly 250 years, Dartmouth’s collections have grown and become ever more diverse. We started with a single wooly mammoth tooth, and today we care for examples of almost every conceivable manifestation of creative production, including important holdings of Native American material; Australian Aboriginal paintings; European old master and...

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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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June 1, 2016
Alma Woodsey Thomas, Wind Dancing with Spring Flowers, 1969, acrylic on canvas. Purchased through a gift by exchange from Evelyn A. and William B. Jaffe, Class of 1964H; 2016.5. Photo courtesy of Connersmith Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2016

Alma Thomas (American, 1891–1978) based her paintings on nature. In the case of Wind Dancing with Spring Flowers, she was inspired by the circular formal gardens of Washington, D.C. Like the other Color Field painters in her city, including Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Sam Gilliam, and Gene Davis, Thomas used the exuberance and power of color to carry the emotional content of her paintings. More...

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June 1, 2016
Lyman, Fenton & Company (1849–52) / United States Pottery Company (1853–58), Bennington, Vermont; Daniel Greatbatch (b. England, active 1838–c. 1861), possible modeler, Pair of Lions, about 1849–58, green and amber “flint enamel” lead glaze on white earth

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2016

Like many other trades, pottery production in nineteenth-century America shifted from small shops reliant on hand craftsmanship to larger operations that utilized new techniques to reach expanded, more dispersed markets. By the mid-nineteenth century, Bennington, Vermont—long a center for the production of ceramics—had become one of the foremost pottery producers nationally. In 1848, the succession of Bennington’s Norton and Fenton family...

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