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Hood Museum of Art

Hood Museum of Art
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Dartmouth College
4 East Wheelock St.
Hanover, NH 03755
Website: http://www.hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu
Phone: 603-646-2808

Dartmouth shares its art—65,000 pieces from one of the largest college collections in the U.S.—without charging a dime. With works ranging from ancient to modern, Asian to American to West African, plus stunners such as José Clemente Orozco murals and 9th-century Assyrian reliefs from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II. Best Free Museum
-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015

The Hood Museum of Art houses everything from ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian artifacts to Italian Renaissance sculpture and paintings by Picasso. Dartmouth College has been collecting objects since 1772, just three years after its founding, and there are presently about 65,000 objects in the Hood Museum of Art’s care. These collections are among the oldest and largest of any college or university in the country. The Museum’s architecture was designed by the same firm that built New York’s Lincoln Center (note the striking similarities). Across the Dartmouth Green in the Baker Library reserve reading room is a phantasmagorical multipanel mural by Mexican artist José Orozco, an artist in residence at Dartmouth in the early 1930s. Orozco’s depictions of Meso-American history have a decidedly leftist slant, so much so that the faculty at the time he was there petitioned to have the mural whitewashed. Cooler heads prevailed, and the mural remains today for all to see. The museum offers a series of free brochures called A Closer Look. Each brochure focuses on a single work of art and invites visitors to engage with the artwork through the “Learning to Look” technique. Brochures are available in the galleries next to the works of art they feature.

Dartmouth College claims one of the oldest and largest college museums in the country, boasting 60,000 works of art. The collections range from ancient bronzes to Renaissance prints to modern abstracts. The museum’s large compilation of Native American, Oceanic, and African art is a shining example of the curators’ focus on bringing in art from around the world.
-Yankee Magazine April 2007

Collections range from ancient bronzes to 19th-century landscapes and portraits, Renaissance prints to modern abstracts. Also: “They Still Draw Pictures: Children’s Art in Wartime” and “Inside the Floating World: Japanese Prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection.”
-Yankee Magazine October 2006

Everything from ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian artifacts to Italian Renaissance sculpture to paintings by Picasso is housed in Dartmouth College’s small but outstanding fine arts museum, the architecture of which was designed by the same firm that built New York’s Lincoln Center (note the striking similarities). Across the Dartmouth Green in the Baker Library reserve reading room is a phantasmagorical multipanel mural by Mexican artist José Orozco, an artist in residence at Dartmouth in the early 1930s. Orozco’s depictions of Meso-American history have a decidedly leftist slant, so much so that the faculty at the time he was there petitioned to have the mural whitewashed. Cooler heads prevailed, and the mural remains today for all to see (no admission fee).
-Yankee Magazine April 2003

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