On view in Dartmouth’s Baker Library, José Clemente Orozco’s extraordinary mural cycle The Epic of American Civilization (1932–34) is accessible during library hours. Museum holdings include hundreds of preparatory drawings.
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The Epic of American Civilization, created by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934, is an extensive mural cycle depicting the history of the Americas from the Aztec migration into Mexico to the industrialization of modern society.
Located in the Orozco Room in Baker Library, the 24 panels comprising the mural cover nearly 3,200 square feet of wall space. One of Orozco’s finest creations and one of Dartmouth’s most treasured works, the mural was designated a national historic landmark in 2013.
The Orozco Room was made possible by the Manton Foundation, whose generosity provides perpetual support for the preservation, understanding, and awareness of the Orozco mural.
About the Mural
Location: Orozco Room, Lower level of Baker Library, Dartmouth College Campus, Hanover, NH
Photographs of the mural may be taken for personal use only. Flash photography is not permitted.
Tours of the mural are provided free of charge by the Hood Museum. To arrange adult or school tours, please contact the Hood Tour Coordinator or phone (603) 646-1469 at least one month in advance of the tour date requested. Get more information about the museum’s school programs.
Dartmouth Digital Orozco
View a full-screen panoramic image of the The Epic of American Civilization and examine preparatory drawings in context. The site includes in-process documentary photographs as well as essays by Dartmouth students who have taken in courses on Orozco and Mexican art.
Dartmouth Digital Orozco was produced by the Hood Museum of Art in collaboration with the Neukom Institute for Computational Science. Funding was generously provided by the Class of 1960, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Neukom Institute for Computational Science.
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- José Clemente Orozco in the United States, 1927-1934
- Orozco’s Epic of American Civilization Now a National Historic Landmark, 2013
- Recent Acquisitions: José Clemente Orozco, The Elevated, 1928