The continuing construction sandwiched in between the Hopkins Center and Wilson Hall on Wheelock Street in Hanover NH is starting to look like the new Hood Museum of Art. The building, in progress, brings its front door closer to the town's center and to the heart of the Dartmouth campus.
Controversy existed--and maybe still does--over the change of architecture when the Hood expansion began in 2016. But some of us are dreaming of what will go on inside the building. More gallery and teaching spaces means greater exposure of the Hood's substantial collection and more opportunities for object-based learning--no longer just teaching about art, but by and with art. The video (below) captures the excitement of viewing and learning in a 21st century facility, scheduled to open in 2019.
"When the students begin to interact with objects, the temperature in the room goes up 15 to 20 degrees."
Meanwhile, and as promised, the Hood has maintained a presence in the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities with the Hood Downtown, a jazzy gallery on Hanover's Main Street. It has brought international contemporary art to a small town, including (click on title for photos and reviews) Laetitia Soulier's The Fractal Architectures, Behar Behbahani's Let the Garden Eram Flourish, and the illuminated globes of World Processor by Ingo Günther. The current exhibition is photographer Julie Blackmon's The Everyday Fantastic, which runs through August 27, 2017. Next up is Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth.
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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge