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Dartmouth’s Picasso in Paris
One of the Hood Museum’s finest paintings holds pride of place at the current Grand Palais exposition of artworks from the erstwhile collection of la famille Stein (Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso… The Stein Family). The 1912 painting, Guitare Sur La Table (click here for a professional photograph), was given to the Hood by Nelson Rockefeller ‘30 in 1975. According to Professor Barbara Will, President John Kemeny considered selling the piece — an important example of early Cubism — for cash during the endowment’s dog days in the 1970’s. However, he was convinced not to do so by the Hood’s director, Jan van der Marck. At about the same time, the College had a chance to buy a preparatory sketch (right) of the work, which was hanging next to Dartmouth’s painting in the Paris show. Sadly, we missed that opportunity for budget reasons.
Note: The painting was in the Stein collection from 1913 until Gertrude Stein’s death in 1946. Read the Hood Museum’s analysis here.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…