Part 2, Exploring College Art Museums

July 7, 2018 / Mary Kee

 

Art Guide is delighted to share in the adventure of exploring our top ten rated college art museums in the United States. Part Two continues the countdown and takes us to galleries that may at first be unexpected, but offer substantial art collections at top rated schools. Though local art enthusiasts are often familiar with nearby college museum events, visitors rarely have an opportunity to experience these activities. To save our dear viewers time with online search, Art Guide provides a brief overview of the collections and dynamic link to a current exhibition. We hope that these insights will inspire a side trip during your summer travels!

Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, NH

Dartmouth College’s permanent art collection is considered one of the oldest in the country, but was never completely assembled for public viewing until architect Charles Moore designed the Hood Museum of Art which opened in 1985. Today the Hood’s collection offers a visual array of cultures through historic periods that represent a remarkable educational benefit to the students and community. Among the museum’s many treasures are six Assyrian stone reliefs from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II (about 900 BCE) and fresco by José Clemente Orozco titled The Epic of American Civilization (1932–34). Representing cultures from six continents, the Hood has 65,000 very diverse groupings of objects in the museum’s collections. The museum staff also offers a senior student intern program called A Space for Dialogue, that mentors young people for curatorial of a professional art exhibition. The internship gives students a rare opportunity to plan, teach and try to meet public expectation of a new art exhibition.
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Visit this museum to see: six Assyrian stone reliefs from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II, fresco by José Clemente Orozco titled The Epic of American Civilization, as well as Native American, European and American, Asian, Aboriginal Australian, African, and Melanesian art.

Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, OH

The Allen Memorial Art Museumcollection is housed in a recently renovated Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert in 1917. It offers over 15,000 permanent works of art that cover a comprehensive timeline particularly strong in European and American paintings as well as the old masters, 19th-century works, sculpture and decorative pieces.The art holdings on their own rank high, but Oberlin is also a teaching museum providing ample resources for students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The museum staff offers a special art rental program designed to encourage interest in the museum collections. Students are able to rent copies by the great masters for $5 dollars a semester and provides them the opportunity to personally connect with works by Renoir, Picasso, Dali and many others.
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Visit this museum to see: European, Italian Renaissance and Baroque, 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish art American paintings and sculpture, Expressionist art of the early twentieth century, objects from ancient Mediterranean the Ancient Americas, fine Chinese, Japanese and Korean paintings and decorative arts as well as a collection of West and Central Africa

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives is home to an impressive collection that includes more than 19,000 works of art and 16,000 films and videos. The museum’s permanent holdings cross a timeline of notable artists and cultures that include rare objects from the Ming and Qing dynasty, Chinese paintings, Mughal dynasty Indian miniatures, Baroque paintings as well as international contemporary art and a very unusual group of international film animations.BAMPFA’s works of Modern art were originally planned around a core holding of fifty paintings by the Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann and include paintings by Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler with many others. The Film Library and Study Center is a national video resource that quotes the noble mission to “inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.” It is through these local and global connections that the museum aspires to engage audiences and museum goers.
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Visit this museum to see: Collection strengths include in Ming and Qing dynasty Chinese painting, Mughal dynasty Indian miniature painting, Baroque painting, old master prints and drawings, early American painting, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century photography, Conceptual art, international contemporary art, West Coast avant-garde film, international animation, Soviet cinema, early video art, and the largest collection of Japanese films outside of Japan.

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