This panel, “Man Released From His Mechanistic Labor to the Creative Life” was a test-panel created by Jose Clemente Orozco in a passage-way between Baker Library and Carpenter Hall before starting in on the more famous Ororzco Murals at Baker Reserve Corridor at Dartmouth College. I probably walked past the little doorway a thousand times back in my undergraduate days; now they have a little sign OROZCO TEST PANEL which drew me in, although I had to ask the attendant how to find the artwork, which is on the back-side of a hanging divider (more naturally visible heading from Carpenter –home of the art history department — to Baker). It is true that I pretty much took for granted the marvel of the murals; I may have written one brief paper on it.
As someone self-employed in the arts for almost 20 years, I was inspired by the title of this work, and its reference and reverence for “the creative life.”
The placement on an overhang also calls to mind the Ray Bradbury story about art hanging from an overpass (“Ole, Orozco! Siqueiros, Si”).
I shot another ten pictures of details of the mural itself, plus another twenty shots of various art around campus. Terry also took some photos, with a real camera. At the Hood Museum of Art, I actually signed a form which said my photography is for personal use only. (Which to me means I am willing to take down the image if requested to do so; meanwhile I encourage everyone to visit the Hood Museum and Baker Library and to donate to Dartmouth College; I do).
I also recently procured from Bell’s Books a copy of MacKinley Helm’s book on the great muralist: