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Hood Museum of Art Reopens, Here’s What to See Next

Feb 20, 2019 01:55PM ● By Kevin
Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College finally reopens after three years and $50 million of extensive expansions. According to its website, “the original 40,000-square-foot postmodern building included [10] galleries, a study-storage facility, and administrative spaces, as well as a 204-seat auditorium.” The major renovation and expansion of the Hood’s facilities were made way via groundbreaking in 2016. It included three object-study rooms, a sweeping public reception space, and a number of stunning new galleries, along with renovations to the original Charles Moore galleries.

Opened in 1985 and dedicated to helping students “construct meaning from what we see,” the Hood encourages students to explore cultures and the human condition through art.

The renovation by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien added an additional six galleries in order for more of Dartmouth’s 65,000-piece, permanent collection to be on view than was previously possible. Each gallery also functions as a classroom. There are even three rooms where classes come and can have specific works taken out of storage so they can be studied.

With the recent renovations, which include a 14-square-foot window that extends from the exterior of the building and resembles a large display case, the Hood is no longer hidden between the Hopkins Center for the Arts and Wilson Hall.

A free, grand reopening event took place on Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors explored the new Hood Museum of Art, seeking out some of their favorite works and discovering exciting new ones. Hot coffee, cider, and other refreshments were served, and T-shirts and other items were given away, all to a background of local live music.

We've put together a list of some upcoming events you won’t want to miss at the Hood. Find out more by reading on.


Friday, March 1, 4 – 5 p.m

Co-curators of the Gutman Gallery student exhibition Consent: Complicating Agency in Photography will discuss the show, which they organized with their student intern peers during their senior year in 2018. They will also trace the theme of consent across the four subsections and twelve photographs in the exhibition.



Friday, March 1, 6 – 7 p.m.

Discover the new building and how it relates to the overall collections at the museum, including a glimpse of our new, state-of-the-art Center for Object Study. Led by Juliette Bianco, Deputy Director, Hood Museum of Art. Space is limited. Register on the museum’s website.



Saturday, March 2, 11 – 11:45 a.m.

During this interactive program, families will listen to stories, look at art together, and engage in hands-on activities inspired by art from cultures around the world. For children ages 2-5 and their adult companions. This workshop is free, but space is limited. Register on the museum’s website by Feb. 25.



Recycle, Repurpose, Recreate!

Saturday, March 2, 2 – 4 p.m.

Aluminum wrappers, motherboards, and beads! In the galleries, families will discover how contemporary global artists use found materials in their art, and in the studio, they will work together to create a large-scale sculpture in response. For children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. This workshop is free, but registration is required. Register on the museum’s website by Feb. 25.



Discover various works in the galleries through these guided tours. Meet at the Visitor Services desk in the Russo Atrium.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2, 2 – 3 p.m.

The Hood Museum of art is free and open to everyone. It is open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guided group tours for community and school groups are available by appointment. Call 603-646-1469 for information. To register for any of the above events, visit

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