The Color of Being/El Color del Ser: DOROTHY HOOD (1918-2000) is the first major retrospective to document and celebrate the entire vibrant career of early Texas abstract artist Dorothy Hood.


The exhibition features 160 paintings, works on paper, and collages produced from 1935 to 2000.  It includes 54 works from the Museum’s permanent collection and archives, and others on loan from 65 museums, corporations, foundations and private collections across Texas and America.


Interactive educational elements include a motion capture painting experience, touch tables for creating collages, videos of Dorothy Hood and colleagues speaking about her art, as well as iPad stations that expand upon her life and influences.


A book authored by guest curator/author Susie Kalil of Houston and published by Texas A&M University Press accompanies the exhibition and provides new insight into Hood’s contributions to modern art in Texas and beyond.


The exhibition showcases Hood as a major 20th century Modernist painter. The paintings use the vibrant palette of Latin America.  Her drawings were influenced by surrealism, as well as her lonely youth and her time in Mexico.  Hood’s collages displayed unique depictions of history, as well as space and dimensions of the mind and psyche of people.


Immersive visual, audio and  hands-on technologies will bring Hood’s large and colorful paintings to life, and allow guests to fully explore and experience her creative process, techniques, and life.