Hood Museum’s new exhibits

  • Russell Ball, Dolores del Rio for The Trial of ’98, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1928, gelatin silver print. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: The John Kobal Foundation Collection; Purchased through the Mrs. Harvey P. Hood W'18 Fund; 2019.57.4. Jeffrey Nintzel—Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel

  • Attributed to James Manatt, Buster Keaton for Go West, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1925, printed late 20th century, gelatin silver print. Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel

  • John Engstead, Marlon Brando for A Streetcar Named Desire, Warner Brothers, 1950, gelatin silver print. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: The John Kobal Foundation Collection; Purchased through the Mrs. Harvey P. Hood W'18 Fund; 2019.57.19 Jeffrey Nintzel—Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel

  • Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Pod Mound, 2010, native clay and slip, kiln fired. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Kira Fournier and Benjamin Schore Sculpture Fund and the Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund; 2010.54. Photographer: Jeffrey Nintzel—Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel

  • Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Kaa, 2017, archival pigment print on fine art matte paper. Cara Romero

Published: 2/22/2022 5:03:21 PM

The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, announces a full slate of special exhibitions this winter, including recent work by a former Dartmouth studio art faculty member, highlights from our extensive vintage Hollywood photograph collection, and an exciting addition to our purposeful grouping of exhibitions featuring Native American traditional and contemporary art.

The museum will celebrate these exhibitions at its winter opening on Feb. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., including spotlight curatorial talks and other programming.

“It’s a great time to visit the Hood Museum in person,” said John Stomberg, the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s director. “Every gallery holds new discoveries and old favorites. There are new shows, new works, and new arrangements. The power of art is on full view.”


On view Feb. 12 to Sept. 3, “In the Moment: Recent Work by Louise Hamlin” presents paintings and works on paper by this former George Frederick Jewett Professor of Studio Art and area head of printmaking at Dartmouth. Inspiration can be found in many places — for Hamlin, it is not in the grandiose but rather in the subtle, familiar, and overlooked corners of our everyday world. In each scene, whether a fog-filled landscape or a farmstand bundle of garlic scapes, Hamlin has explored light and form, creating images that suggest paint (or ink) and color as her driving force.

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

Also accompanying this exhibition, is an 88-page catalog featuring 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.

Vintage Hollywood

On view Feb. 19 to May 21, “Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Era: The John Kobal Foundation” highlights the Hood Museum’s recent acquisition of one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of vintage Hollywood photographic prints. These images cover the gamut of studio photography from portraiture and publicity shots to film stills from Hollywood’s golden era of the 1920s through the 1950s.

“This exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of the John Kobal Foundation Collection, placing Hollywood portraits of Katherine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe alongside trailblazing 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 film stills and photographs 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 Jan. 22 to April 2023, “Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design” draws from the Hood Museum’s permanent collections to create dialogue between historical, modern, and contemporary works made by Indigenous North American artists.

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

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

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 nineteenth century to the present.

■“Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics,” whose artists use the land 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, asks us to look closely at Dial’s work and consider the ways in which it broadens our understanding of American art.

The Hood Museum of Art at 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 broadens the museum’s reach to students, faculty, and departments across campus, while deepening its engagement with its longtime stakeholders.

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