Madeline Thompson
Dartmouth College '17
Kathryn Conroy Programming Intern


Being present with these works of art is a profound, even spiritual experience for me. It inspires in me a space for meditation and self-reflection, and leaves me feeling centered, especially at times when I have felt that I had lost some sense of essential internal peace and balance. Through this exhibition, I wanted to explore those feelings and try to understand how visual elements and relationships can evoke such a strong response. I believe that the practice of focusing on relationships, connection, and unity in the world around us can be beneficial for all, and it is my hope that viewing these familiar works of art from the perspective of balance will embody that idea.

Producing this virtual exhibition has been a fantastic learning experience at every step of the way, perfectly aligned with my academic and aesthetic interests in modern and contemporary abstract art, as well as my hopes for a future career in museum work. I have discovered so much about these great artists and the true value of their work, while learning about the process of organizing an exhibition, and the possibilities and challenges of creating an experience of visual art in an online space. I am deeply grateful to the Hood for the unique opportunity to develop this project in addition to my Programming internship, and to all members of the staff for their generous support throughout the process.

I hope you enjoy.



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Additional Sources

The Calder Foundation — Alexander Calder

Matthew Marks Gallery — Ellsworth Kelly

Pace Gallery — Sol LeWitt

Marlborough Gallery — George Rickey

Gagosian Gallery — Richard Serra

Pace Gallery — Joel Shapiro