Hood Museum Renovation Causes a Split

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Hood Museum Renovation Causes a Split
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To those concerned about the renovation of the Hood Museum of Art, the situation is charged with paradox: The architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, who protested the Museum of Modern Art’s dismantling of the Folk Art Museum they designed in Manhattan, are now transforming the Hood, an award-winning museum designed by Charles Moore at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

“It’s almost as if they were getting revenge for what MoMA did to their Folk Art Museum,” said E. J. Johnson, the author of “Charles Moore: Buildings and Projects 1949-1986,” who is an art history professor at Williams College. “It’s totally insensitive to the Moore building.”

Moore, who died in 1993, was a pioneer of postmodernism. Ms. Tsien and Mr. Williams — a husband-and-wife team — have designed an expansion of the Hood to update the 1985 building and provide more exhibition space.

The $50 million renovation, to be completed in January 2019, adds galleries, partly by inserting a new structure into the Hood’s open courtyard and converting the yard into a covered concourse with a prominent front door facing the campus green.

Critics say the plan removes Moore’s ceremonial entrance gateway — the connective tissue of the museum, joining two existing buildings — as well as a portion of his original structure. New galleries in the Williams-Tsien addition are contiguous with the current second level of the Moore building. […]