We are delighted to introduce the museum’s four-point plan for continued programming during the interval of our construction and reinstallation, ahead of a gala reopening in 2019.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of our upcoming plans will be our storefront exhibition space on Main Street in Hanover. Beginning on September 16 and continuing for three years, the Hood Museum of Art will present an ambitious series of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from around the world. Hood Downtown will be free and open to the public—and even open for extended hours. It will be a site for gatherings, talks, educational programs, and all sorts of other engagements. Stay tuned for the announcement of our first exhibition there.
Our two well-established programs for elementary school students, Images and ArtStart, will be based in the building next to the museum, allowing this important arts curriculum to continue throughout construction. The thematic focus will vary from the public art on campus to the murals in Baker Library to the temporary exhibitions held at Hood Downtown. We will also host public lectures and other presentations in borrowed locations around campus. In all, the Hood Museum of Art’s programs will continue to make a lively contribution to life at Dartmouth and in the greater community.
The museum has recently completed an overhaul of its website—changes that enable a much more dynamic web presence, both during construction and beyond. As an early example of this, keep an eye out for “A Virtual Space for Dialogue,” a digital extension of our enormously popular student-curated exhibition series. For this project, Hood interns will be paired with students working at Dartmouth’s DALI (Digital Arts, Leadership, and Innovation) Laboratory. Return often for new videos and stories as we continually refresh the site with both art-related features and back-of-house insight into the work we continue to do.
The museum has lent nearly fifty important works of art to venues across the country, including large municipal museums in Tampa, San Francisco, Toledo, New York, Columbus, and Manchester, New Hampshire, and teaching museums at Williams, Colby, Smith, Yale, Middlebury, UVM, Harvard, Bowdoin, Princeton, and SUNY Purchase. These institutions have agreed to keep our works on view throughout the period of our renovation, allowing us to share this part of our collection broadly during the next few years. We hope that you have a chance to catch some of your favorites in their temporary homes.