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A Year of Encountering Contemporary Art at the Hood

Hood Quarterly, winter 2004
Derrick R. Cartwright, Director

Artists have always struggled to represent their visions of their times, lives, and surroundings. As a result of these struggles, art can connect us with the experiences of others and even bind us as a community. The exhibitions included in New Art Now continue in that spirit as the Hood community spends a year looking at and talking about contemporary art and society worldwide. Not only will you encounter some of the most exciting art-making in the world today, but you will have a stimulating and ambitious schedule of public programs and events to choose from. Beginning this winter with Lateral Thinking: Art of the 1990s, one exhibition each season throughout 2004 will focus on contemporary art. A series of programs are planned for the year as well, grouped into two categories: Personal Perspectives and Dialogues.

Here is a preview of the 2004 exhibitions after Lateral Thinking:

SPRING (MARCH 30–JUNE 6)

Crossing Currents: The Synergy of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ouattara
A selection of works by African American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cote d’Ivoirian artist Ouattara that ponder African colonial and post-colonial histories and cultures.

SUMMER (JUNE 5–SEPTEMBER 19)

Luis Gispert / Loud Image
A survey of works by a contemporary Cuban American artist whose vividly colored photography and booming sound sculptures were highlights of the 2002 Whitney Biennial.

FALL (OCTOBER 9–DECEMBER 12)

Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists
New work by seven contemporary artists with an intimate knowledge of the "East" (the Middle East to Pakistan) from which they come and the "West" (Europe and America) in which they live and work, exploring the use of art to cross cultural boundaries.

Throughout the year, Personal Perspectives will bring internationally renowned artists, critics, and scholars to the Hood. Visiting artists include Vanessa Beecroft, Ouattara, Luis Gispert, and Michel Rovner, among others.

Dialogues will provide opportunities for visitors to interact with each other, Hood staff, and Dartmouth faculty. Its programs will include lunchtime gallery talks, a book group each term, a Thursday-night Loew film series this coming fall in conjunction with Beyond East and West, a series of inquiry-based gallery guides, a comment and response book, and adult and child educational activities. A comfortable seating area in the galleries will be stocked with contemporary art periodicals from around the globe and will serve as a space for relaxation, contemplation, and discussion.

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