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April 12, 2017
Photo by Robert Gill.

Hood Quarterly, spring 2017
John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director

The Responsive Museum

At Dartmouth, we talk a lot about the need for our students to learn adaptability above all other skills. While the challenges of the twenty-first century are still largely unknown, we are certain they will be myriad, daunting, and quickly evolving. It stands to reason that the best preparation Dartmouth can offer students is the ability to face change with courage...

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March 28, 2017
An ArtStart class takes a tour of outdoor sculpture. Photo by Tom McNeill.

Northeast Small College Art Museum Association (NESCAMA) Statement on Funding for the Arts

We, the directors of the Northeast Small College Art Museum Association (NESCAMA), are deeply concerned about potential budget cuts that threaten funding so vital to us and to the good work that arts organizations do throughout the nation. We must continue to hold the line and to promote the arts energetically through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

With small operational...

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February 27, 2017
Students from the 2016 spring Museum Collecting 101 session review potential photographs in NYC for the museum to acquire. Photo by Amelia Kahl.

Ever wonder how art ends up in a museum? Want to help select new art for the Hood Museum's collection?

Join us for Museum Collecting 101!


On upcoming Monday evenings from 3:30-5:00. Dates are: April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, and May 8. (The last two sessions will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m.). There will also be a trip to New York City Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7.


After hours and behind-the-scenes at the Hood Museum of Art and a weekend in NYC!

What you will experience...

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January 7, 2017
John Reynolds, lead preparator, and photographer Jeffrey Nintzel photographing three-dimensional African art objects from the Hood’s permanent collection. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Hood Quarterly, winter 2017

Digitization and Cataloguing

During this period of renovation and expansion, Hood staff members are working on some fundamental tasks related to the collection, one of which is its digitization. Put simply, more images of the collection online allow greater access to the museum’s greatest resource—the works of art and material culture it holds in trust. Recently, for example, the museum completed a project funded by a grant from the...

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January 7, 2017
Peter Stackpole, Jeanne Crain (cover shot for Life magazine, September 30, 1946), 1946 (print probably 1970s), gelatin silver print. Purchased through the Elizabeth and David C. Lowenstein ’67 Fund and the Fund for Contemporary Photography; 2016.30.17.

Hood Quarterly, winter 2017

Photography at the Hood: An Update

The two biggest stories of twentieth-century art were abstraction and the emergence of photography. The first is well represented in all its variety by the Hood collection, from its 1912 Pablo Picasso to the Mark Rothko, the Ellsworth Kelly, the Alma Thomas, and the Pat Steir, among many other great works of art. The second story is one we are now redoubling our efforts to tell fully. There are many issues...

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January 7, 2017
Photo by Robert Gill.

Hood Quarterly, winter 2017
John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director

A time to dream, a time to plan.

It started with a dream: build a museum with state-of-the-art classrooms, new galleries, and a great façade right on the Dartmouth Green. We dared to imagine spaces activated by students, faculty, and community members engaging with art on a daily basis.

As you know, that vision is fast becoming reality. The new museum will include increased...

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January 7, 2017
Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Curator of African Art
Hood Quarterly, winter 2017

In late 2013, Bahar Behbahani began a series of paintings inspired by her contemplation of the question of identity. She first came to the United States from Iran in 2003. For a while, she moved between Tehran and the United States before relocating permanently to New York in 2007. As a significant leitmotif of Iranian cultural experience, Persian gardens represented a logical recourse for...

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December 12, 2016
Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish on view at Hood Downtown through March 12, 2017. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish

January 5-March 12, 2017

All events will take place at Hood Downtown, located at 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH.

12 January,Thursday, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Dartmouth Night at Hood Downtown: Student Reception
Explore the new exhibition Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish, meet Iranian-born artist Bahar Behbahani, and recieve a free art poster. Light refreshments provided. Wine for 21+ with state I.D. Free and open to all Dartmouth students.

13 January,...

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October 19, 2016
Artist Bahar Behbahani in her studio. Photo by Laura Fuchs.

An interview conducted in association with the Hood Downtown exhibition Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish, on view January 5, 2017, through March 12, 2017.

Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi: In 2013, you began the ongoing Persian Gardens series. What was the inspiration and motivation for it?

Bahar Behbahani: It started as an inquest of identity. As a person who grew up surrounded by poetry and carpet, one cannot deny...

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September 8, 2016
The Hood Downtown exhibition space, located at 53 Main Street Hanover, NH, will open to the public on September 16, 2016.

Hood Downtown is located at 53 Main Street, Hanover, New Hampshire

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of Hood Downtown and its inaugural exhibition, Laetitia Soulier: The Fractal Architectures.

During the interval of our construction and reinstallation, Hood Downtown will present an ambitious series of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from around the world. Like the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Downtown is free and open to the public.

15 September, Thursday...

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