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Past Exhibitions

Jennifer Steinkamp

Judy Crook 9

September 15, 2017, through September 14, 2018
Film stills from Jennifer Steinkamp's Judy Crook 9, 2017, video installation. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through a gift of Georgina Tugwell Russo '77 and Thomas Adrian Russo '77; 2017.45​

Location: Top floor of the Hopkins Center

Judy Crook 9 is a digital animation painstakingly created by the artist Jennifer Steinkamp in 2017. Her work introduces images of nature into architectural spaces in a manner that complicates the idea of inside and outside, and built versus natural environments. Judy Crook 9 takes the viewer through four seasons in this one tree’s life—repeated endlessly to simultaneously evoke the cyclical nature of life and the ideal of infinite existence.

Steinkamp has been making works of digital art that honor her art teachers over the years. This work is from a series named after her professor of color theory at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Rather than make one animation in an edition of nine, however, Steinkamp has made nine variations on the same theme—each one significantly different.

Toyin Ojih Odutola

The Firmament

June 08, 2018, through September 02, 2018
Toyin Ojih Odutola, Industry (Husband and Wife), 2017, pastel, charcoal and pencil on paper (diptych). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Stories take center stage in Toyin Ojih Odutola’s drawings. She catches her characters at quiet moments captured from otherwise rich and complex lives. Short on specifics and long on allusion, the narratives she evokes suggest a wide emotional range. We are not meant to know exactly what takes place in these lives, but we are invited into their private spaces and we share an implied intimacy with many of them. Ojih Odutola allows us to peek, but not pry, into the lives of those who occupy her personal firmament. The artist establishes a compassionate confrontation between viewer and subject through the use of scale and through her extraordinary mark-making technique that draws us close to her surfaces. Many of the drawings are life-sized, some even full-length. This reinforces an uncanny sense that we share a space with her subjects; it also establishes an equivalence between viewer and subject.

Ojih Odutola’s signature drawing technique rewards close scrutiny. She creates small patches of color from carefully hatched lines to show... read more

Sin-ying Ho

Past Forward

March 30, 2018, through May 27, 2018
World Garden No. 1, 2014, porcelain, high-fired reduction, hand-painted cobalt pigment, high-fired under-glaze decal transfer, clear glaze.

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

If Chinese ceramic art has a heart, it beats in Jingdezhen. For centuries, artisans there have made vessels that traveled far and wide. Their fluid forms and recognizable decorations have inspired celebratory prose and devoted followers around the world. Today, Sin-ying Ho works in these same ceramics factories. Though Jingdezhen potters have long defined tradition, Sin-ying has expanded both their forms and their imagery in contemporary ceramics that are thoroughly of the twenty-first century. She makes her works—whether they are monumental vases or smaller, more clearly assembled sculptures—from multiple parts. She emphasizes the many parts by glazing each of the pieces differently. Together they form a whole that maintains the legacy of being created from myriad fragments.

Sin-ying’s process of building is an essential metaphor for her artistic practice. With it, she implies an optimism for our society’s continued ability to construct a unified world. As reflected in her technique, and in the themes addressed by her surface imagery, this world will... read more

Kader Attia

Reason’s Oxymorons

January 05, 2018, through March 18, 2018
Kader Attia, Reason's Oxymorons, 2015, 18 films and installation of cubicles, duration: variable, 13 to 25 minutes, 55 x 262 x 468 inches (installed overall), Edition of 3. Photo: Max Yawney. Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Reason’s Oxymorons, by internationally acclaimed artist Kader Attia, is a recent museum acquisition. The research-driven video installation, which will occupy the entire space at Hood Downtown in winter 2018, consists of a range of interviews by Attia with philosophers, psychiatrists, anthropologists, traditional healers, historians, musicologists, patients, and immigrants. The conversations are organized around several themes centered on the ways in which non-Western and Western cultures approach psychiatric conditions and emotional breakdowns. Composed of eighteen computer monitors, each set on a workman-like table in a secluded office cubicle with a chair, earphones, and loudspeakers, this ambitious installation evokes an ascetic modern office environment.

Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth

September 15, 2017, through December 10, 2017
The work of sound artist Terry Adkins (1953-2014) installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

In the first-ever installation of sound art on Dartmouth's campus, produced in collaboration with guest-curator faculty member Spencer Topel, the Hood Museum of Art will showcase the work of emerging and established international artists with diverse aesthetic and cultural backgrounds. Seven site-specific and sound-based commissions will guide visitors across the Dartmouth campus and into the town of Hanover. Hood Downtown will feature a multimedia display introducing the exhibition and artists, as well as selected works from conceptual artist Terry Adkins (1953-2014). Artists creating new installations for the show include Bill Fontana, Christine Sun Kim, Jacob Kirkegaard, Alvin Lucier, Laura Maes, Julianne Swartz, and Jess Rowland.

As diverse a medium as bronze or oil paint, sound can be recorded from the environment or produced from an object, sculpture, instrument, or living being. It can be responsive to installed spaces or autonomous, continuous or intermittent, loud or soft. Artists were invited in part for the compelling ways they use sound through conceptual, visual, and architectural contexts. Resonant Spaces alters locations in Hanover by encouraging... read more

Julie Blackmon

The Everyday Fantastic

June 09, 2017, through August 27, 2017
Julie Blackmon, New Chair, 2014, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Julie Blackmon: The Everyday Fantastic features work from this major American photographer's most recent, and ongoing, series, titled Homegrown. Blackmon was raised in Springfield, Missouri, and has decided to remain there and make that world the setting for her work. She approaches Middle America with a poetic combination of wonder and worry as she explores the perpetual mysteries of daily life in a particular place.

In Homegrown, her third series, Blackmon evokes a domestic world gone just slightly awry. There is nothing disastrous in her mise-en-scenes--yet. But each image suggests potential intrigues that percolate just below the level of the obvious. The artist's brilliance lies in allowing viewers the sense that they are making their own discoveries rather than entering into a world that has been carefully constructed by the artist.

Of course, Blackmon works diligently to ensnare us in just such a conundrum. Her richly detailed photographs depend on careful staging and the acceptance of serendipity. Her works exist somewhat outside of time--or, at least, they... read more

Ingo Günther

World Processor

March 24, 2017, through May 28, 2017
Ingo Günther, installation of the World Processor series at Hood Downtown, illuminated globes. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Art encompasses all things, so it is not surprising that artists have embraced big data as both a tool and a subject of their work. Ingo Günther, who studied ethnology and cultural anthropology at Frankfurt University and sculpture and media at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, has been mapping data onto a sea of illuminated globes in his World Processor series for twenty-five years. The series is now internationally renowned and numbers over one thousand objects, a selection of which will be available to Hood Downtown visitors for the first time. The artist’s envisioning of complex data on physically identical but content-specific illuminated globes foregrounds scientific, economic, and historical information to create multilayered accounts of the relationship between humans and the planet.

This exhibition is paired with Mining Big Data: Amy Balkin and Luis Delgado-Qualtrough on view in the Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center, from March 24 through April 30. Both exhibitions reveal how artists use information to create new forms and ways of... read more

Mining Big Data

Amy Balkin and Luis Delgado-Qualtrough

March 24, 2017, through April 30, 2017
Installation of Mining Big Data on view in Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Location: Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center

Art encompasses all things, so it is not surprising that artists have embraced big data as both a tool and subject of their work. In very different ways, Amy Balkin and Luis Delgado-Qualtrough use data-driven research to grapple visually with such topics as climate change, the demands on global natural resources, carbon emissions, solar energy, and the effects of various human activities on a global scale. Amy Balkin’s poster titled The Atmosphere: A Guide explores the influence of history and politics on the Earth’s atmosphere. Luis Delgado-Qualtrough tackles the problem of carbon accumulation with 10 Carbon Conundrums, a word-and-image essay that recombines historical events, dates, and GPS coordinates.  This exhibition is paired with Ingo Günther: World Processor on view at Hood Downtown from March 24 through May 28. Both exhibitions reveal how artists use information to create new forms and ways of understanding global issues.

Bahar Behbahani

Let the Garden Eram Flourish

January 5, 2017, through March 12, 2017
Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

This exhibition presents a suite of paintings, installations, and video from Iranian-born, Brooklyn-based Bahar Behbahani’s acclaimed Persian Gardens, an ongoing series that she began four years ago. An engineering tour de force, Persian or Iranian gardens have captured human imagination since their emergence in the sixth century BCE. These walled gardens comprise multilateral structures, connecting aqueducts, networks of water channels, and surrounding trees and vegetation that remain lush all year in the middle of the desert. Behbahani explores the intersection of politics and poetics that defines the gardens as contested spaces—objects of beauty that have attracted people from different walks of life throughout the ages, from the Persian rulers who created them to evoke their transcendence and political power to the diplomats, common folk, scholars, and soldiers who have sought out their orientalist enchantment.

Haunted by the spirits of fierce power play, the gardens are marked by tragedy, love, betrayal, death, and redemption, and are thus a metaphor for Iran’s fraught histories, past and present... read more

Nina Katchadourian

Accent Elimination

January 17, 2017, through March 05, 2017
Nina Katchadourian, Accent Elimination, 2005, Six televisions, three pedestals, six-channel video (three synchronized programs and three loops), headphones and benches. Purchased through gifts from the Lathrop Fellows; 2008.36. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Location: Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center

Our language and accent are fundamental elements of how we express and identify who we are, where we come from, and how we relate to one another. Yet, how often do we think about trying to alter our tone, our voice, or our words? Can you think of a time when you might have benefitted from adjusting your accent? 

As an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York, Nina Katchadourian would come across signs advertising “accent elimination” as she walked the city streets. Inspired by the seemingly paradoxical notion of improving one’s accent as a means of assimilation while still attempting to sustain one’s cultural identity, Katchadourian created the multimedia work, aptly titled Accent Elimination.

In it, Katchadourian explores language and identity and questions what an accent is at its core. As she explains:

My foreign-born parents who have lived in the United States for over forty years both have distinctive but hard-to-place accents that I have never been able to imitate correctly (and have not inherited... read more

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