New exhibits at the Hood Museum

The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, announces a comprehensive list of special exhibitions this winter, including recent work by a former member of the Dartmouth studio art faculty, highlights from our extensive collection of vintage photography of Hollywood and an exciting addition to our array of exhibits featuring traditional and contemporary Native American art.

The museum will celebrate these exhibits during its winter opening on February 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., including curatorial talks and other programs.

“Now is a great time to visit the Hood Museum in person,” said John Stomberg, director of Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961. “Each gallery contains new discoveries and old favorites. There are new shows, new works and new arrangements.The power of art is fully visible.


From February 12 to September 3, “In the Moment: Recent Work by Louise Hamlin” presents paintings and works on paper by this former Professor George Frederick Jewett of Studio Art and Head of Printmaking at Dartmouth. Inspiration can be found in many places – for Hamlin it’s not in the grand but rather in the subtle, familiar and overlooked corners of our everyday world. In each scene, whether a mist-filled landscape or a clump of garlic flowers, Hamlin explored light and form, creating images that suggest paint (or ink ) and color are its driving force.

On March 24 at 6 p.m., Hamlin will join the Hood Museum’s “Maker Night: On the Edge” to teach attendees how to manipulate edges with pencil, charcoal, and pastel. Hamlin will give a talk titled “Seeing New Things” in the museum’s Gilman Auditorium on May 12 at 5 p.m. In this talk, Hamlin will discuss her subject and how she develops it in her paintings, prints and drawings.

Also accompanying this exhibition, an 88-page catalog including 35 beautiful full-page plates and an interview with the artist. This exhibition is organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the Eleanor Smith Fund and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Memorial Fund.

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From February 19 to May 21, “Photographs from the Golden Age of Hollywood: The John Kobal Foundation” highlights the Hood Museum’s recent acquisition of one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of photographic prints. vintage hollywood. These images run the gamut from studio photography, from portraits and publicity shots to film stills from Hollywood’s Golden Age from the 1920s through the 1950s.

“This exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of the John Kobal Foundation’s collection, placing Hollywood portraits of Katherine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe alongside pioneering actors of color, including Dolores del Rio, Nina Mae McKinney and Anna May Wong,” said Michael Hartman, the Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art. “Enchanting stills and film stills from the set show how Hollywood photographers crafted and revealed the magic behind early cinematography.” This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the Hansen Family Fund.

native american art

On view from January 22 to April 2023, “Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design” draws from the Hood Museum’s permanent collections to create a dialogue between historical, modern, and contemporary works by North American Indigenous artists. .

Curated by Dillen Peace ’19 (Diné) and Shádíín Brown ’20 (Diné), Native American art interns of the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI), “Unbroken” explores themes of continuity, innovation and knowledge Aboriginal peoples through time and draws attention to the stylistic decisions made by artists and creators working in multiple mediums.

Join the curators as they discuss their exhibit on May 25 at 12:30 p.m. during the Hood Museum’s Conversations and Connections: Unbroken exhibit.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by Hugh J. Freund, Class of 1967.

Additional exhibits

■ “This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World,” a collaboratively curated exhibition of over 160 works from our collection that explores artistic responses to the natural world by diverse American artists working from the 19th century to the present day.

■“Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics,” whose artists use earth or clay as a central organizing medium and draw on the knowledge embedded within it, is also on view through July 23.

■“Thornton Dial: The Tiger Cat,” on view through July 16, invites us to take a closer look at Dial’s work and reflect on how it expands our understanding of American art.

The Hood Museum of Art in Dartmouth enables and cultivates transformative encounters with works of artistic and cultural significance to advance critical thinking and enrich people’s lives. With its renewed focus on serving Dartmouth’s faculty and academic mission, the renovated and expanded facility expands the museum’s reach to students, faculty, and campus departments, while deepening its engagement with its stakeholders from long time.

Julia P. Cluff