Historical Imaginary

December 17, 2022 – November 11, 2023



Historical Imaginary pairs an unfinished study for Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware with historical and contemporary artworks from the Hood Museum’s collection to explore how artists—literally—constructed ideas about US history. This exhibition questions how artworks shaped, and continue to shape, our perception of the past, in the hopes that we can build upon our shared, complex, and sometimes violent history to imagine and create a more equitable future.

This exhibition is organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by William B. Jaffe Memorial Fund.

Exhibition Curator

Michael Hartman

Exhibition subject: United States & Canada