How to Enjoy the Museum

Hood Quarterly, spring–summer 2021

The Hood Museum of Art and Dartmouth are committed to the health and safety of everyone in our spaces, and because of this, the museum has had to remain closed to the public. But as we look ahead to the start of the next academic year, we are hopeful that it brings with it the chance for us all to safely visit the museum together. Until then, we have done our best to develop virtual access and other digital resources for the community to stay connected! Please continue to check our website or follow us online for updates about reopening and programming.

Virtual Programming and Activities

The "Visit Now" and "Events & Programs" pages on our website will keep you current as we work to bring you virtual programming and other means of engagement with our collection and exhibitions.

Activities Portal

We recently launched Escape to the Outdoors, a fully digital escape room–style game featuring public art on Dartmouth's campus. Players will work through a series of challenges featuring puzzles, riddles, and hidden codes related to six outdoor sculptures. Along the way, they will learn about these extraordinary works of art and their relationships to campus and community.

Dartmouth Student Tours

For both graduate and undergraduate students on campus who follow Dartmouth's Covid-19 guidelines, the Hood Museum is providing student gallery tours and visits each term. These small group engagements are a great way to see the Hood's current exhibitions. To sign up for an upcoming tour or visit, head to the "College Students" page on our website or keep an eye out for campus-wide emails. Questions? Email Isadora Italia, the Hood Museum's campus engagement coordinator.

3D Virtual Tours

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the limitations it has placed upon sharing in-gallery experiences and materials with our audiences, the Hood Museum of Art is pleased to announce that it is now capturing physical gallery spaces with 3D Matterport™ imaging equipment and software. To move through Matterport™ virtual spaces, users simply click on the transparent circles on the floor. Supplementary content can be accessed by clicking the color-coded dots throughout the space. Dive into Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics, Courtney M. Leonard's site-specific installation Breach: Logbook 20 / Nebulous, A Legacy for Learning: The Jane and Raphael Bernstein Collection, or José Clemente Orozco's mural cycle The Epic of American Civilization to prepare for the in-person experience coming soon.

"Meanwhile at the Museum": A Blog

In April 2021, the Hood Museum launched Meanwhile at the Museum, a blog about the "unseen museum" behind the scenes. It features content written by a range of voices across all areas of the institution. The goal is to share our professional stories, experiences, and discoveries with you, our visitors and stakeholders. Meanwhile at the Museum allows for a different type of storytelling that we hope you will enjoy in tandem the Hood Quarterly and our website!

"Art in the Making": A Podcast

On April 2, this year's Hood Museum Erbe and Conroy Programming Interns Courtney McKee '21 and Caroline Cook '21 released "Art in the Making," a podcast they both host and produce. Courtney and Caroline thought creatively about how to make programming accessible and exciting during the museum's closure, and their solution was an eight-episode podcast series that discusses artmaking materials through the ages. Each episode traces the history of one material, from stone to photography, through time and highlights works in the museum's collection that listeners can look at and contemplate. It's available everywhere and suitable for all ages and individuals who start the process of analyzing a work of art not with "what it means" but with "how it was made."


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Written May 25, 2021