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May 11, 2017

"The Hood Museum of Art renovation reached an important milestone recently with the completion of the steel skeleton. A 'topping-out' ceremony celebrated the progress. 'We are together creating a new work of art,' says John Stomberg,...

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May 1, 2017
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On Friday, April 28, 2017, Dartmouth hosted a topping-out ceremony in recognition of the construction progress to date regarding the expansion and renovation of the Hood Museum of Art. Many of those involved in the project signed the ceremonial beam. Speakers included Interim Vice President for Campus Services Steve Moore, Joe Imelio, project executive for Daniel O'Connell's Sons, Cliff Hosley, the site superintendent, and Hood Director John Stomberg and Deputy Director Juliette Bianco. At 12:45 p.m., the beam was hoisted into place as the barbecue lunch came to an end.

April 20, 2017
March 17, 2017: Almost one year after the museum closed, the first beems of steel for the Hood's expanded facade and new galleries are in place. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

A behind-the-scenes look at the museum's expansion.

One year after our galleries closed to the public, steel beams started going up. These images document the progress made over the course of five weeks in early spring 2017.

July 11, 2016
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by Hannah Silverstein, MALS ’09

The expansion and renovation of the Hood Museum of Art begins this summer—and while planners are doing everything possible to minimize disruptions to the community, a few are inevitable, they say.

“We will do everything we can to mitigate noise and movement and vibrations,” says Lisa Hogarty, vice president of Campus Services. She says faculty, students, and staff should be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the worksite, especially along Wheelock Street, Vox Lane, and Crosby Street....

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June 1, 2016
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Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2016

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.

HOOD DOWNTOWN 

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of our upcoming plans will be our storefront exhibition space on Main Street in Hanover. Beginning on September 16...

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May 2, 2016
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Join us for this special event to celebrate the museum’s exciting expansion and renovation project!

UPDATE: See a video of the event on YouTube!

Saturday, May 21, 3:00-11:00 p.m.
Hood Museum of Art galleries

Create art in the Hood’s empty galleries and on the walls. Strike a pose with props in the photo booth and get your face painted. Enjoy light bites, film screenings, and spotlight performances throughout the afternoon and...

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April 27, 2016

by Hannah Silverstein, MALS '09

If you’re missing the Hood Museum of Art while it’s closed for renovation, good news: The museum has just signed a lease on a gallery space in downtown Hanover.

The gallery—to be called Hood Downtown—will be located in the former Amidon Jewelers store on Main Street, next to Molly’s Restaurant, and will open to the public starting in mid-September, says John Stomberg, the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood.

“We will be having a series of...

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March 9, 2016
The Hood's Frederic Remington painting Shotgun Hospitality (1908) is now on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Plan a road trip to see works from the Hood’s permanent collection.*

One of the challenges museums and institutions face when undergoing a major renovation or expansion project—the Hood is doing both—is figuring out how to care for the collection during such an invasive process, which takes place in what is otherwise a safe and secure home to thousands of works of art and culturally significant objects. While much of the Hood’s collection will be safely stored offsite for the duration of the construction, nearly fifty works of art will...

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December 15, 2015
Artist rendering of the north façade of the expanded Hood Museum of Art. Rendering by MARCH.

by Hannah Silverstein, MALS ’09

Work is set to begin this spring on a $50 million expansion and renovation of the Hood Museum of Art.

Plans call for the creation of a prominent gray- and white-brick façade facing the Green that will proclaim the Hood’s presence on campus; a new Center for Object-Based Inquiry that will triple the museum’s capacity to fulfill its teaching mission; 40 percent more gallery space; and a flexible concourse that will be a new venue for gatherings and performances.

In...

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December 15, 2015
Rendering of Center for Object-Based Inquiry

by Hannah Silverstein, MALS '09

Asked what he thinks about joining the Hood Museum of Art just before a $50 million expansion and renovation project begins, incoming Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director John Stomberg laughs. “You mean, what’s wrong with me?”

The new director, who starts work on Jan. 4, is full of ideas about how the Hood can remain a vital part of campus life during the construction period. Implementing these ideas will begin, he says, while the museum is still open this winter.

“This term is going to be a celebration of all of the things the Hood does...

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