Permanent Collection Reinstallations
In the leadup to the reopening of the Hood Museum of Art and in the five subsequent months covered by this annual report (through June of 2019), the museum staff installed 20 exhibitions in the facility's expanded 16,350 total square feet of galleries. These first exhibitions played with the possibilities of our newly imagined spaces and reintroduced—or, in some instances, simply introduced—works across the great depth and breadth of the permanent collection; for example, the Indigenous Australian art installation brought together highlights of the Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art with recent acquisitions, beautifully illustrating the concept of kinship to each other and to the land, while other installations of new acquisitions, including student-led efforts, explored altered and alternative global landscapes. From ancient bronzes to contemporary Native American photography and beyond, this first year of exhibition programming sampled the diverse stories contained within the museum's permanent collection. The Hood Museum recognizes the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation for the installation of its suite of six galleries presenting North American art.