In 2023, the Hood Museum will feature several shows exploring the many ways that art has given history its imagery.
The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, will present a series of exhibitions in 2023 grouped under the theme "Art and the Construction of History," inviting viewers to consider the role of art and artists in the framing of historical narratives. This thematic throughline resonates with the museum's strategic priority to forge meaningful connections across disciplines, peoples, and local and global communities while seeking to reimagine the collection's influence and potential.
John R. Stomberg, the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art, explains, "In 2023, the Hood Museum will feature several shows exploring the many, many ways that art has given history its imagery. In creating these images, artists have in fact shaped the popular understanding of countless past events, places, and people. Even when written evidence contradicts their versions of stories, the power of their images can persist. Our goal in presenting this series of exhibitions is primarily to deconstruct these visual histories and reconstruct—to the extent possible—the original people, places, and events based on current research."
Through November 11, 2023
Curated by Michael Hartman, the Hood Museum's Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art, this exhibition pairs an unfinished study for Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware with a rotating selection of historical and contemporary artworks from the Hood Museum's collection to explore the ways in which artworks have shaped our perception of the past in the hope that we can build upon our shared, complex, and sometimes violent history in the United States to imagine and create a more equitable future. Organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the William B. Jaffe Memorial Fund.
Margaret Bourke-White, World War II, and Life Magazine
Through September 30, 2023
Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904–1971) was one of the first photographers that Life magazine sent to Europe to cover World War II. The images she sent back filled endless pages of the magazine; Americans were riveted; and sales skyrocketed. This exhibition is drawn entirely from a unique portfolio of her photographs created near the end of the war. Organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund.
Kent Monkman: The Great Mystery
April 8–December 23, 2023
Featuring two newly commissioned paintings by Cree artist Kent Monkman, The Great Mystery serves as both an introduction to and a revisitation of Monkman's earliest abstract expressionist paintings from the 1990s and his reimagining of these works today. Drawing on the Hood Museum's collection of modernist abstraction, Monkman's new paintings are unlike anything we have seen from him before. Organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the Charles Gilman Family Endowment.
Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500–1900
May 20–December 16, 2023
Curated by Elizabeth Mattison, the Hood Museum's Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming, this exhibition brings together depictions of conflict that focus attention on the human effects of war, especially on civilians. Featuring selections from Francisco de Goya's famous series, Disasters of War, in the context of prints and drawings made by European artists between 1500 and 1900, this exhibition examines how such images present critical historical evidence of the human experiences of violence. Organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund.
Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art
June 22, 2023–May 25, 2024
Emphasizing the role of women artists and feminine aesthetics in crafting African and African diaspora art histories, this exhibition surveys themes of home, kinship, motherhood, femininity, and intimacy in both historic and contemporary works. Homecoming breaks free of the binary traditional/contemporary to instead dwell at the interstices of history, futurity, and spirituality over the past two centuries. Organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.
Related Programming Highlights
29 March, Wednesday, 12:30–1:30 pm
Exhibition Tour: Historical Imaginary
Join Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art, for an introduction to the exhibition.
19 April, Wednesday, 12:30–1:30 pm
Special Tour: "Painting History"
Join Jami Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art, and Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art, to explore how artists construct and critique history through two exhibitions: Kent Monkman: The Great Mystery and Historical Imaginary.
10 May, Wednesday, 12:30–1:30 pm
Conversations and Connections: Valerie Hegarty
Contemporary artist Valerie Hegarty will be joined in conversation with Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art, to discuss Hegarty's George Washington (On a Stick), on display in Historical Imaginary alongside Emanuel Leutze's Incomplete Study for Washington Crossing the Delaware.