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The galleries are closed for expansion and renovation, but our programming continues at Hood Downtown and elsewhere on campus.

Hood Downtown

53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
Visit our downtown Hanover exhibition space to explore new contemporary art.

Summer Hours
Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday: Closed

Now on View

Toyin Ojih Odutola: The Firmament

Through September 2, 2018
Stories take center stage in Toyin Ojih Odutola’s drawings. She catches her characters at quiet moments captured from otherwise rich and complex lives. Short on specifics and long on allusion, the narratives she evokes suggest a wide emotional range. We are not meant to know exactly what takes place in these lives, but we are invited into their private spaces and we share an implied intimacy with many of them. Ojih Odutola allows us to peek, but not pry, into the lives of those who occupy her personal firmament. The artist establishes a compassionate confrontation between viewer and subject through the use of scale and through her extraordinary mark-making technique that draws us close to her surfaces. Many of the drawings are life-sized, some even full-length. This reinforces an uncanny sense that we share a space with her subjects; it also establishes an equivalence between viewer and subject.

Upcoming Event

Sip and Sketch

Thursday, July 26, 7:00-9:00 pm
Did you know that the process of sketching is beneficial? Aside from being a way to communicate, it can also be relaxing. When we sketch, we must focus ourselves entirely, which temporarily distracts us from other challenges and stresses. The act of sketching also enhances visual thinking, which in turn leads to increased creativity and new ideas, all while strengthening memory through visualization. It is a skill that engages both sides of our brain, allowing us to quite literally expand our minds. And, done in the company of others, it’s just plain fun! We hope you can join us for our next Sip and Sketch on July 26 at Hood Downtown.

Public Art

Judy Crook 9

Through September 14, 2018
For much of the last year, visitors to the Top of the Hop at the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts have been treated to a nightly delight: an ongoing presentation of Judy Crook 9, a digital animation created by Jennifer Steinkamp in 2017. The artist uses images of nature projected into architectural spaces to complicate the idea of inside and outside, as well as built versus natural environments. Judy Crook 9 takes the viewer through four seasons in the life of one tree—repeated endlessly to simultaneously evoke the cyclical nature of life and the ideal of infinite existence. The Steinkamp work, a gift of alums Tom and Gina Russo, provided a perfect addition to our public art offerings. It is lively and colorful while providing ample fodder for addressing larger issues of life, death, harmony, and discord.

This installation represents the ongoing efforts of the Hop and the Hood to collaborate on bringing creative thought and action into the everyday life of the college community. Stay tuned for future projects that foreground the strength of the arts at Dartmouth.