The Hood is noted among college museums for the degree to which its collections and exhibitions are integrated into the curriculum by Dartmouth faculty.
An Extraordinary Teaching Collection
The Hood Museum of Art’s collection represents a vital curricular resource. Comprised of nearly 65,000 objects, its major works include:
- large reliefs from ancient Assyria;
- ancient Greek and Roman coins;
- European and American painting;
- Native American, African, and Oceanic art and artifacts;
- modern and contemporary art, including a significant collection of Aboriginal Australian paintings; and
- over twenty thousand drawings, prints, watercolors, and photographs.
The Hood’s public events include many lectures, gallery talks, symposia, and receptions over the course of the year.
Teaching with Original Works of Art
The Hood Museum of Art is noted among college museums for the degree to which its collections and exhibitions are integrated into the curriculum by Dartmouth faculty. Before the museum closed in March 2016 for expansion and renovation, there were over 2,000 visits annually by Dartmouth faculty and students. These included courses from over 30 departments and programs across the Dartmouth curriculum from English to Engineering. Museum staff members pulled approximately 2,500 objects annually from storage for these class visits. This direct engagement with objects will continue on a larger scale with the opening of the new Center for Object Study.
If you are a Dartmouth faculty member who would like to use the study center, please fill out the attached form here and an academic programming staff member will be in touch. We ask that you contact us at least three weeks before the anticipated date of your class session.
Departments and programs that regularly hold classes at the museum include:
- African and African-American Studies
- Art History
- Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
- Classical Studies
- Comparative Literature
- Environmental Studies
- Film and Television Studies
- French and Italian
- Jewish Studies
- Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies
- Native American Studies
- Spanish and Portuguese
- Studio Art
- Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Geisel School of Medicine
The Hood Museum of Art offers one-and two-week residencies for Dartmouth faculty. During these residencies, the faculty members study and research the collections for the purpose of teaching in the museum. Over thirty-five residencies have been awarded to Dartmouth faculty, and the museum has seen a marked increase in the use of its collections in the curriculum.
The museum residency program is funded through an endowment jointly created by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Dartmouth College alumni and parents.
Academic Programming Staff
Katherine Hart, senior curator of collections and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, and Amelia Kahl, associate curator of academic programming, act as the principal liaisons between Dartmouth faculty and the Hood Museum of Art. They facilitate use of the museum as a teaching resource and promote the study of art and artifacts in the museum’s collection.
They also develop educational programs in consultation with faculty most likely to use specific exhibitions or certain parts of the museum’s collections for teaching purposes. Working with individual faculty members, they plan classroom sessions in the Center for Object Study, where objects not on view in the galleries are available for the class. They also organize teaching exhibitions with faculty.