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Past Exhibitions

Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth

Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art

September 26, 2009, through March 14, 2010
Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth installed in the Hood galleries (2009). Photo by Jeff Nintzel.


The third in a series of comprehensive exhibitions and catalogues showcasing the permanent collection, this exhibition surveys the breadth and depth of the permanent collection and highlights key works from the holdings, only a tiny fraction of which are on view in the museum's galleries at any one time. Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth focuses on post-1945 painting, sculpture, works on paper, new media, and photography, and includes works by Mark Rothko, Ed Ruscha, Alice Neel, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, El Anatsui, Juan Munoz, Alison Saar, Amir Nour, Bob Haozous, Richard Serra, and Bill Viola, among others.

Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity

Tapis from Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia

April 11, 2009, through August 31, 2009

Handwoven from cotton and silk threads, colored with ancestral dye recipes, embellished with gold- and silver-wrapped threads, embroidered with silk or pineapple-fiber threads, appliquéd with mirrors and mica, these ornate tube dresses were created by elite women of Lampung, South Sumatra. The product of a culture located between the two maritime routes between East and West Asia, these sumptuous garments communicate a family's global contacts, social station, and clan identity. Guest curated by Dr. Mary-Louise Totton, assistant professor of art history at Western Michigan University, the exhibition combines selected tapis from the Stephen A. Lister Family Collection with contextual archival photographs.

No Laughing Matter

Visual Humor in Ideas of Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity

October 06, 2007, through January 08, 2008

This fall term, Dartmouth College Humanities Institute participants, including visiting residential fellows and several Dartmouth faculty members, are meeting weekly on campus to investigate the impact of visual humor on history, psychology, culture, and everyday life from multiple perspectives. No Laughing Matter is led by David Bindman (Morton Distinguished Fellow) and Angela Rosenthal (Dartmouth Institute Director), under the auspices of the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, with the participation of the Yale Center for British Art and the Du Bois Institute of African and African-American Studies at Harvard. The Humanities Institute will host an international conference, November 8-11, 2007. The Hood exhibition has also been organized in conjunction with the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting and conference, October 25-28, 2007, which will host a special panel titled Visual Humor in the Global... read more

Decoration and Function

The Evolving Relationship of Colors and Lines in the Japanese Print Tradition

July 10, 2007, through September 09, 2007

Wenda Gu

forest of stone steles: retranslation and rewriting tang dynasty poetry

June 06, 2007, through September 09, 2007

The Hood Museum of Art and Dartmouth College Library present a two-part installation and exhibition by avant-garde Chinese artist Wenda Gu. Part of his ongoing global united nations hair monuments project, the green house and united colors comprise a massive sculpture created from hair collected in 2006 from thousands of Dartmouth College students, faculty, and staff and Upper Connecticut River Valley community members. Wenda Gu's hair sculptures grow from his dream that through his art he might unite humanity and encourage international understanding. An exhibition of the artist's recent works on paper is presented concurrently in the Hood's galleries.

From Discovery to Dartmouth

The Hood Museum of Art's Assyrian Reliefs, 1856–2006

October 19, 2006, through June 17, 2007
The Hood's Assyrian reliefs, from the Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud, 883-889 BCE, in Kim Gallery. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

The year 2006 will mark the passage of 150 years since the arrival at Dartmouth of one of the college's most prized possessions in the realm of art and culture: the Assyrian reliefs, currently on display in the Kim Gallery of the Hood Museum of Art. Originally part of the decorative scheme of the so-called "Northwest Palace" of King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BCE) in Nimrud, Iraq, six large-scale reliefs depict a ritual performance undertaken by the king. Human and supernatural beings are also in attendance. Scholarly understanding of Assyrian art has increased considerably over time, as its visual, cultural, and historical meanings have been studied from a variety of perspectives and their role as visual propaganda has been recognized.

Subhankar Banerjee

Resource Wars in the American Arctic

March 27, 2007, through May 20, 2007

This exhibition features four monumental habitat photographs taken by Subhankar Banerjee during his recent sojourns into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to photograph this remote region in northeastern Alaska in all four seasons. His work there coincided with the push by oil companies and the current U.S. administration to open up the oil and gas reserves on the coastal plain to drilling. During his travels over nearly four thousand miles of the 19.5-million-acre refuge by foot, raft, kayak, and snowmobile, he stayed in interior and coastal villages with both Gwich’in Athabascan and Inupiat families, absorbing their close and intricate relationships to the northern environment and the birds and animals that thrive there.

Past in Reverse

Contemporary Art of East Asia

January 14, 2006, through March 12, 2006

This major group exhibition from the San Diego Museum of Art features twenty established and emerging artists from China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Working in a diversity of media—painting, sculpture, photography, and video, installation, and digital art—these artists engage with their traditional pasts as they map the future. Past in Reverse provides American museum visitors with a rare and extensive look at work from several vital artistic communities in Asia that are quickly gaining a foothold on the world's cultural stage. Featured artists include Soun-gui Kim, Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Qingsong, Hiroshi Fuji, Michael Lin, and Leung Mee Ping.


The Museum as Hunter and Gatherer

May 21, 2005, through February 12, 2006

To collect up to a final limit is not simply to own or to control the items one finds; it is to exercise control over existence itself through possessing every sample, every specimen, every instance of an unrepeatable and nowhere duplicated series.

—Roger Cardinal and John Elsner, The Cultures of Collecting

col·lec·ta·ne·a 1.) Passages, remarks, etc., collected from various sources; (as collect. sing.) a collection of passages, a miscellany. 2.) A selection of passages from one or more authors; an anthology.

This exhibition illuminates the broader social history of the Hood by exploring the diverse "authors" of its collection history and will look at how the museum's collection has been developed and (re)defined over time. Uniting traditional with contemporary and Western with non-Western art via pottery, sculpture, utilitarian objects, textiles, photographs, and prints, col·lec·ta·ne·a explores different collecting practices and ideologies that reflect the museum's unique identity as a hunter and gatherer of material culture. Topics addressed in the exhibition include the role of private collectors in developing museum collections; the... read more

Beyond East and West

Seven Transnational Artists

October 09, 2005, through December 12, 2005

This exhibition presents new work by seven important contemporary artists with an intimate knowledge both of a so-called "East" (the Middle East and North Africa) from whence they come and a "West" (Europe and America) where they primarily live and work. Beyond simply disrupting Western stereotypes and discourses, they address themselves to the issues raised by competing cultural allegiances. The exhibition features the work of Jananne Al-Ani, Ghada Amer, Mona Hatoum, Y. Z. Kami, Walid Raad, Michal Rovner, and Shahzia Sikander. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.


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