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Hood Museum of Art selects Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects for expansion and renovation project

Dartmouth announced that it has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design a major expansion and renovation of its Hood Museum of Art. Since the museum opened in 1985, its collection and programming have grown exponentially, and it has become a vital educational resource for Dartmouth students and faculty across a range of disciplines, and for visitors from around the world.

Hood Museum of Art, opened 1985. Charles W. Moore and Centerbrook Architects. Photo by Timothy Hursley.

The goal of the project, which encompasses the renovation of the adjacent Wilson Hall and an addition to the 1985 Hood Museum of Art building, is to significantly increase the museum’s gallery space and classrooms, and feature new entrance facilities and amenities. The Hood’s expansion and renovation is an integral component of the creation of Dartmouth’s new Arts District, encompassing the neighboring Hopkins Center for the Arts and the new Black Family Visual Arts Center, designed by Machado and Silvetti and opening in September 2012. Dartmouth has also initiated a renovation and expansion project for the Hopkins Center and will be selecting an architect in the coming year.

Dartmouth began expansion planning for the Hood in 2010 in response to the continued growth of the museum’s role on campus, which encompasses its collections, exhibitions, programs, and teaching activity. Dartmouth’s collection—which dates back to 1772, three years after the College was founded— is among the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. Since the Hood opened, the collection has increased from approximately 47,000 works to more than 70,000 today, which extend across a broad spectrum of cultures and historical periods. The collection highlights include important holdings of Native American, African, and Melanesian art, as well as European and American prints, paintings, and sculpture, and modern and contemporary art, including a significant collection of Aboriginal Australian paintings from the past three decades. First conceived without a formal education department, the museum today organizes more than 150 programs for college, public, and regional school audiences and mounts approximately 15 exhibitions each year, including the Space for Dialogue exhibition series, curated by Dartmouth students who are mentored by the museum’s professional staff.

Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
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