Michael Taylor Discusses Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Dartmouth Panels’


Hood Museum of Art Director Michael Taylor says Ellsworth Kelly is widely considered the most important living abstract artist. (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

In this video, Hood Museum of Art Director Michael Taylor talks about Ellsworth Kelly, one of America’s foremost abstract artists, and discusses Kelly’s Dartmouth Panels, the site-specific wall sculpture commissioned for installation on the east façade of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, facing the new Black Family Visual Arts Center.

Dartmouth will officially dedicate the Visual Arts Center, named in honor of former trustee Leon Black ’73 and his wife, Debra, on September 14.  The institution will also celebrate the couple’s gift of Dartmouth Panels, which was installed in July. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Blacks, longtime patrons of the arts and leading art collectors who have supported many Dartmouth initiatives, contributed $48 million toward the Visual Arts Center. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates, the 105,000-square-foot building anchors Dartmouth’s Arts District, which includes the Hop and the Hood.

The Year of the Arts is a celebration of the excellence of the arts at Dartmouth. Major initiatives this year include the opening of the Black Family Visual Arts Center, the 50th anniversary of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, as well as a yearlong series of interdisciplinary academic programs that explore the intersections between the arts and other disciplines.

Dartmouth has long been a leader in integrating arts into the collegiate experience: from the establishment of one of the nation’s first campus-based performing arts centers, to the commissioning of new works and artist-in-residence programs. The diverse series of arts programs and initiatives this year exemplify Dartmouth’s historic commitment and role as a model for the artistic campus of the 21st century. For more information, please visit arts.dartmouth.edu.

Anne Adams