Exhibitions - Hood Museum of Art - Dartmouth College

For a complete list of past, current, and upcoming exhibitions, visit the Hood’s web site:

From Discovery to Dartmouth:
The Assyrian Reliefs at the Hood Museum of Art, 1856–2006
October 19, 2006–June 17, 2007
The Assyrian reliefs on display in the Hood are one of Dartmouth’s most prized possessions in the realm of art and culture. Originally part of the decorative scheme of the Northwest Palace of King Ashurnasirpal II (883–859 BCE) in Nimrud, Iraq, the six large reliefs depict a ritual performance undertaken by the king, with human and supernatural beings in attendance. This special installation includes interactive 3D computer reconstructions by Learning Sites, Inc. presenting them in their original contexts.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and was generously funded by the Bernard R. Siskind 1955 Fund and the Cissy Patterson Fund. It is accompanied by a symposium co-organized by the Department of Art History and the Hood Museum of Art and sponsored by the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Departments of Art History, Anthropology, Religion, and Jewish Studies.

Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment
January 27–May 13, 2007
The Hood’s collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century objects reveals Inuit involvement with their environment, their highly specialized hunting techniques, their economic use of available materials, and the ingenious technology of their hunting equipment and beliefs. While these objects convey much about the past existence of Inuit people, they also have relevance for the present, conveying the basic connection of their culture to nature. The exhibition will include a discussion about the change in living circumstances through contact with Western culture, and the impact of climate change on their life today. An illustrated catalogue, distributed by the University Press of New England, accompanies this exhibition.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and generously funded by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Foundation, the Kane Lodge Foundation, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund and Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund.

Pilobolus Comes Home: Three Decades of Dance Photographs
March 27–July 8, 2007
Pilobolus Dance Theatre, founded by four Dartmouth students in 1971, has changed the course of contemporary dance with its signature style of closely combined bodies and a radically innovative approach to collaborative artistic creation. Dartmouth is celebrating Pilobolus’s recent donation of its remarkable archives with a residency, performances, educational programs, and an exhibition at the Hood of stunning photographs chronicling thirty–five years of the company’s imagination, innovation, and artistic productivity.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and generously funded by The Harrington Gallery Fund.

Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic
March 27–May 20, 2007
On loan from the Peabody Essex Museum, this exhibition features about sixty works from the important Nunavut Territorial collection of contemporary Inuit art, which celebrates the growth of Inuit creative expression over the past five decades. The works reveal how long-held artistic Inuit traditions inspire contemporary sculpture, prints, fiber arts, photography, and digital media that reflect Inuit societal values of family, community, and worldview as expressed through Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (“traditional knowledge

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