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Explore Cultures And History Through The Lens Of An Artist At The Hood Museum Of Art

Oct 31, 2023 03:39PM ● By Elise Renaud
The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College has been open for nearly 40 years and displays artwork from a range of cultures and historical periods.

Currently, the museum has an exhibition on display titled Kent Monkman: The Great Mystery featuring a new body of paintings by the Cree artist. It includes two works that are in the museum’s permanent collection.

“... The Great Mystery serves as both an introduction to and a revisitation of Monkman's early interest in abstract expressionism. Drawing on the museum's existing collection of modernist abstraction, Monkman's paintings create pathways for multiple and shared understandings across cultural divides and are unlike anything we have seen from him before,” the museum’s website states. The exhibition is on display until Saturday, December 16.

Wrapping up just in time for the holidays, the museum is displaying an exhibition organized by ARTH 20.24 which examines the relationship between colonialism and religion between 1550 and 1750. The exhibit Faith and Empire: The Legacy of Conversion and Commerce in the Early Modern World closes on Saturday, December 23.

Until Saturday, May 25, 2024, visitors can explore Homecoming: Domestically and Kinship in Global African Art.This exhibition surveys themes of home, kinship, motherhood, femininity, and intimacy in both historic and contemporary works. Homecoming breaks free of the binary traditional/contemporary to instead dwell at the interstices of history, futurity, and spirituality over the past two centuries,” the website says.

On Saturday, January 20, 2024, the museum is opening And I’m Feeling Good: Relaxation and Resistance. The museum’s website says the exhibit “celebrates joy in African American life. Simultaneously, it considers the pleasures and challenges in achieving and maintaining that ‘good feeling’ in the United States.” It will run until Sunday, April 14, 2024.

The exhibition spearheads the museum’s 2024 theme: Joy. This theme will be seen throughout the exhibitions for the year as well as lectures. On Thursday, February 15, the museum will host a lecture with artist Kwame Brathwaite and curator of photography Alisa Swindell.

To see the museum’s exhibition calendar, click here.

The Hood Museum of Art is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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