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Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College to Reopen in January

HANOVER, MASSACHUSETTS—Following renovations by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects/Partners, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College will open to the public on January 26, 2019, Cate McQuaid reports for the Boston Globe. The renovation will increase exhibition space at the museum by forty percent, including six new galleries for temporary exhibitions, and will feature dedicated three study centers to support the Hood’s mission as a teaching museum. Renovations began in March 2016 and, once completed, are expected to cost $50 million.

The Hood Museum of Art’s existing building, designed by postmodern architect Charles Moore, opened in 1985. Tod Williams Billie Tsien were tasked with separating that structure from its attached buildings and improving traffic throughout the space. The revamped building will also connect Dartmouth Green to the school’s Arts Quad, where Moore’s original designs have been preserved. The new design features a window box that will allow exhibition space to be visible from the outside. 

“Our strategy is to re-emphasize one of the Hood’s strengths,” director John Stomberg said. “Contemporary aboriginal Australian. Contemporary African. Contemporary Native American. The Hood has had a global vision for what art is, not just today, but throughout the ages.” Deputy director Juliette Bianco added, “We got really comfortable in the old building with the permanent collection on the first floor, exhibitions on the second. Now, although galleries will be named for donors, most won’t have specific designations for types of art.”

“We’re hoping with this architecture to be quietly amazing. It doesn’t say ‘Look at me!’ on the outside. It says come inside, and you’ll be surprised at what you find,” Tsien said.

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May 11, 2018