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March 1, 2009

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2009
Alex Bortolot, Assistant Curator, Special Projects

The Hood Museum of Art is delighted to present the first major museum exhibition to focus solely on tapis, the heavily ornamented ceremonial sarongs made and worn by women in the south Sumatran province of Lampung, Indonesia. Tapis are made from cloth strips that are woven by hand from dyed cotton and silk threads, then sewn together into a...

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March 1, 2009

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2009
Brian Kennedy, Director

In December 2007, the Hood Museum of Art acquired a major collection of over one hundred Native American ledger drawings. Collected over thirty years by Mark Lansburgh, Dartmouth Class of 1949, and considered the largest and most diverse collection of nineteenth-century Native American drawings in private hands, its acquisition...

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March 1, 2009

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2009
Brian Kennedy, Director

Stephen A. Lister of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Dartmouth Class of 1963, and a member of the Hood Museum of Art Board of Overseers, has recently donated an Eastern Sioux (Dakota) vest. Dating to about 1885 and made of tanned hide and cotton fabric, it is decorated with dyed porcupine quills and glass beads in an abstract floral pattern. Joe Horse Capture, guest co-curator of the Hood’s upcoming exhibition of its...

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March 1, 2009

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2009

On November 8, 2008, the Hood Museum of Art hosted One Night in November: The Grand Tour, the museum’s first major fundraising event, to provide vital support to the Hood’s collections and public programs. Over one hundred members of the museum and special guests attended in full evening attire and enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres, art adventures, and a lively auction, followed by dinner and dancing as well as a few surprises.

The evening was...

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September 1, 2008

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2008

Part of a major gift from the Manton Foundation to Dartmouth College will create a $1 million endowment to support conservation and education programs for The Epic of American Civilization, the mural painted in the Reserve Reading Room of Dartmouth’s Baker Library by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco. In recognition of the gift, the site will be renamed the Orozco Room.The 3,200-square-foot mural...

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September 1, 2008

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2008
Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art

Not surprisingly, American art collections in American museums most often have a regional flavor, reflecting an institution’s history, location, and patronage. The Hood, for instance, has particular strengths in White Mountain landscapes and portraits of Dartmouth luminaries and, in general, works by artists based in the Northeast. Although there is much to be gained from building collections with local resonance,...

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September 1, 2008

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2008
Emily Shubert, Assistant Curator, Special Projects

Hiroh Kikai is a contemporary Japanese photographer renowned for his black-andwhite portraits of people in Asakusa, Tokyo, a neighborhood with a colorful past now known for both traditional comedy theater and some of the most innovative burlesque in the world. Over the past three decades, Kikai has created an extensive and unforgettable series of street portraits from the diverse mass of people who pass...

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March 1, 2008

Hood Quarterly, spring 2008

The Hood Museum of Art recently acquired by purchase and gift from Marion MacKaye Ober a group of photographs that descended in the family of dramatist and poet Percy MacKaye (1875–1956). MacKaye was an active member of the Cornish, New Hampshire, art colony and is best known locally and nationally for having played an important role in reviving interest in poetic drama in the early twentieth century. A large collection of his papers is in Dartmouth’s Rauner Special Collections...

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March 1, 2008

Hood Quarterly, spring 2008

One of the most talented and influential American painters and teachers active at the turn of the twentieth century, William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) excelled at portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. This work, a gift of Hood board member Jack Tamagni, Class of 1956, is characteristic of Chase’s fluid, sketchlike response to the sun-dappled landscape near his villa in Fiesole, outside Florence, Italy, where he spent part of each summer from 1907...

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March 1, 2008

Hood Quarterly, spring 2008

American painter, photographer, and printmaker Ben Shahn (1898–1969) is known for his poignant, often strident images that point to social and political injustices. According to the artist, his inspiration for this print of New York skyscrapers under construction was the personal pain he experienced upon “seeing the city I grew up in...

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