Hood Museum Receives Major Photography Gift

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Anderson & Low, Sergey, Alexander, and Viatcheslav, Clowns, 2006, gelatin silver print, printed 2007. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.4. © Anderson & Low
Brian Ulrich, Edinburgh, UK, 2003, C-print. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.36. © Brian Ulrich
Dawoud Bey, Quentin (from the series Class Pictures), 2003, C-print. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.5. © Dawoud Bey
Edward Burtynsky, Manufacturing #16, Bird Mobile (Ningo, Zehjiang Province, China), 2005, C-print. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.10. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg Gallery and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
Edward Burtynsky, Oil Spill #1, Rem Forza, Gulf of Mexico, May 11, 2011,digital chromogenic color photograph. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.11. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg Gallery and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
Naoya Hatakeyama, Atmos, 2003, C-print mounted on aluminum. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.17. © Naoya Hatakeyama. Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery
Bryan Schutmaat, Paul, Bozeman, Montana, 2010, archival pigment print. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.32. © Bryan Schutmaat

Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art recently announced that it has received a gift of 39 major photographic works from the collection of Nancy and Tom O’Neil, a Dartmouth alumnus, Class of 1979. The photo treasure trove highlights recent works by 17 artists, including Edward Burtynsky, Dawoud Bey, Bryan Schutmaat, Naoya Hatakeyama, Brian Ulrich, Anderson & Low, and others. The examples are representative of some of the most prominent trends in late-20th and early 21st-century photography, and address a broad range of sociopolitical and environmental concerns.

“Nancy and Tom O’Neil have transformed the Hood’s growing contemporary photography collection with this gift, and along with it the museum’s ability to teach contemporary art and a wide swath of subjects across the curriculum,” said Hood Museum director Michael Taylor when accepting the gift. “We are particularly excited that this act of generosity on their part deepens our holdings of work by Ed Burtynsky, Abelardo Morell, and Fazal Sheikh, and also gains us our first examples of work by Dawoud Bey, Naoya Hatakeyama, and Richard Misrach, among others.”

“The Hood is a preeminent teaching institution and one of the Dartmouth community’s greatest assets,” the O’Neils remarked in a statement. “We are excited that works by these exceptional artists will now enrich the Dartmouth curriculum. Hopefully, they will nurture disruptive interdisciplinary scholarship that considers these important topics of our time.”

Longtime residents of Baltimore, Maryland, Tom and Nancy O’Neil have been collecting contemporary photography for over two decades, often developing substantial holdings of works by certain key artists. In December 2013 the couple donated a group of 24 contemporary photographs by many of the same artists to the Baltimore Museum of Art. The two museums plan to honor these gifts with a shared project once the Hood Museum of Art’s renovation and expansion is completed in 2019.


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