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Pollock and Orozco at Dartmouth’s Hood Museum

Before Jackson Pollock was “The Dripper”, he was – well, not nearly as legendary. Just another artist plugging away, one doing some extraordinary and intriguing things with the nature of structure, yes, but, you know, he hadn’t “cracked it wide open.” (Bad line. Good movie, though.) That was yet to come, in the late 1940s, but in the early years of that decade, and the waning years of the Thirties, Pollock was consumed by the work of Jose Clemente Orozco, an obsession begun, maybe, by Pollock’s viewing of Orozco’s huge mural The Epic of American Civilization in 1936. That work’s in Dartmouth’s Baker Library, and so, with the Hood’s new Men of Fire dual Pollock-Orozco exhibition, up through June 13, you can make a neat day of it – hit the Baker, get some lunch, then dally through the Hood. Summer’s coming, you know. (FULL ARTICLE: Lee Rosenbaum, Wall Street Journal)