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Innovation in Renovation: Re-imagining the Hood Museum of Art

It’s been three years in the re-making, and now the renovated and expanded Hood Museum of Art is making history. The renovation by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien allows much more of Dartmouth’s permanent collection of 65,000 pieces to be on view than was previously possible. Displays in the 16 new galleries, which will change from time to time, are open to the public, free. This session led by John Stomberg, explores the challenges of significant renovations: Should we close or stay open? If we close, how do we keep our audience engaged? We'll explore the concept while walking, to give attendees maximum time to experience the museum.

Guided Tour with John Stomberg, Hood Museum
John R. Stomberg is the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Before joining Dartmouth in January 2016, he served as the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, and held leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Gallery. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University—all in art history. The primary focus of his curatorial work is American art and culture since 1900. Moving between photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, media art, and installation work, his exhibitions have been conceived to broaden our understanding of how art operates in, and often shapes, society. He publishes on modern and contemporary art and issues directly related to museums, education, and academia.  

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