Hood Museum of Art

Kiki Smith Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4:00pm - Maffei Arts Plaza. Reception to follow in the Black Family Visual Arts Center.

Celebrate the recently completed Maffei Arts Plaza installation of Dartmouth's newest work of public art, Refuge (2014), by contemporary artist Kiki Smith. Introduction by Juliette Bianco, Interim Director, Hood Museum of Art. Remarks by Maria Laskaris, Special Assistant to the Provost for Arts and Innovation, and artist Kiki Smith.

Kiki Smith has been known since the 1980s for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing and textile.

Hood Acquisition

(originally published in Dartmouth Now)

The Stahl Collection of European and American Art

The Hood Museum of Art recently received a gift of 118 works of art originally collected by the late Barbara J. and David G. Stahl ’47 and donated in their memory by their children, Susan E. Hardy, Nancy R. Wilsker, Sarah A. Stahl, and John S. Stahl.

Assembled over a period of 30 years, the works range from Old Master prints and drawings to works on paper, paintings, and ceramics by 20th and 21st century American artists, many of whom the Stahls knew personally.

A selection of highlights from the Stahl gift from the children of Barbara and David Stahl will be on view in the museum from August 29 through December 6, 2015.

Taken as a whole, the collection expresses some of the chief interests, preoccupations, and viewpoints of the collectors, including an empathetic exploration of the human condition, a love of music, a commitment to social justice, curiosity about the spiritual—especially as expressed through their own Jewish faith—and an abhorrence of war, social intolerance, and totalitarianism.

Hood Museum of Art: Much to See and Much to Learn

For almost three decades, the Hood Museum of Art has been a destination for visitors to quietly appreciate and reflect on the art and artifacts it has collected—from ancient to new, lovely to unsettling, commonplace to rare.

Today, the museum boasts more than 70,000 objects. But it has never been just a larger-than-life-sized jewel box. Ever since Dartmouth consolidated its centuries-old collections under one roof in the mid-1980s, the museum has endeavored to fulfill a more active purpose—that of a teaching facility.

“Our mission is to create an ideal learning environment that fosters transformative encounters with works of art,” says Amelia Kahl, coordinator of academic programming at the Hood. The Hood is among the leaders of museums working toward this goal, drawing 140 academic programmers and museum educators from across the United States and three other countries to Dartmouth this past spring for a conference titled “Teaching Museums in the 21st Century: Moving Our Practice Forward.”