The Hood: It’s Open!

The very long wait is over. At a dedication ceremony on Friday afternoon, Dartmouth College’s Provost Joseph Helble pronounced the Hood Museum open. The museum will welcome the community through its new front door, previously obscured by seasons of construction, on Saturday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. 

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President Philip Hanlon called the Hood a “crown jewel” of Dartmouth, and complimented Hood Director John Stomberg for his tenacity and courage in accepting a position as director just weeks before the Hood was shuttered for almost three years. Stomberg kept the Hood’s lights on—metaphorically but dynamically—by creating Hood Downtown, a gallery on Hanover’s Main Street that staged exhibitions of contemporary international art throughout the period of the museum’s closure for construction and renovation.

Caché by Alison Saar

Stomberg described the new Hood as “recentering the canon of art,” and promised that it would “curate experiences” for the students and faculty as well as for the Upper Valley community. 

The Hood is stunning. New and thoughtfully laid out galleries showcase just part of the Hood’s 65,000 art works, from the familiar Assyrian reliefs to new acquisitions like Jeffrey Gibson’s WHAT DO YOU WANT? WHEN DO YOU WANT IT? (below)

New programming is already scheduled for the coming months. The Hood’s website and Facebook pages are good sources of information about lectures and workshops that are open to the public. 

See you at the Hood.

(Photo, top, is “Hombre Colgado Pie (Figure Hanging from One Foot)” by Spanish artist Juan Muñoz, now installed  in the new Russo Atrium.)

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