The Orozco Mural


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Created by the Hood Museum of Art, Learning to Look is an approach designed to help viewers look carefully and think critically about any work of art.

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One of the greatest treasures of the Dartmouth College collection is the ambitious mural The Epic of American Civilization, painted by the Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934 in the reserve corridor of Baker Library, now the Orozco Room. Offering a complex and compelling narrative that covers the history of the Americas from the migration of the Aztecs into central Mexico to the development of our modern industrialized society, the mural is composed of twenty-four individual panels, or "scenes," and covers approximately 3,200 square feet. One of Orozco's greatest works, The Epic of American Civilization must also be counted among the finest examples of mural painting in this country. The Orozco Room was made possible by the Manton Foundation, whose generosity provides perpetual support for the preservation of the Orozco mural. Visitors can view the mural whenever the Orozco Room is open.

In March 2013, the Orozco mural cycle was designated a national historic landmark! Read the article on Dartmouth Now.

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The principal innovative feature of this website is that the viewer may now study Dartmouth's contextual material in juxtaposition with, and in some cases overlaid upon, the final mural, providing the opportunity to compare preparatory drawings and in-process documentary photographs with the finished product. The site also provides access to original research conducted by Dartmouth students who participated in courses dedicated to learning about Orozco and the Mexican mural movement. This ongoing project will supply more information and documents to this site, as students and scholars add to our knowledge about this important mural cycle.

For more information, read the press release.

NHPR and VPR aired pieces about the March 2013 selection of the mural cycle as a national historic landmark.

Tours of the mural are provided free of charge by the Hood Museum. Both adult and school tours tours can be arranged by contacting the Hood Tour Coordinator at least one month in advance of the tour date requested by email [email protected] or phone (603) 646-1469. Find out more information about the museum's school programs.

On View

José Clemente Orozco