The Orozco Mural
Learning to Look
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.
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.