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Closer to You

Performance Films from On the Boards

May 21 – August 10, 2019

Closer to You inaugurates a new and vital partnership between the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU and On the Boards (OtB), a renowned Seattle-based arts organization. Both institutions incubate and support artists’ boldest experiments and biggest ideas. At the forefront of contemporary performance, OtB works with preeminent international artists who are defining the future of dance, theater, and music. OtB’s partnership with the WSU Schnitzer is it’s first with a museum, and it will bring today’s best contemporary performance films by today’s most provocative artists to the WSU community. These individuals are prestigious award winners—MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellows—and influential contributors to heralded exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and the Venice Biennale.

The exhibition Closer to You, features three groundbreaking live works, available to subscribers of OtB’s innovative film subscription service. The films are unique, extraordinarily crafted creations constructed to bring you as close as possible to the live experience. After selecting a performance, OtB works collaboratively with a professional filmmaking company, the hosting venue, and the artist to plan the details of each shoot. Live performances are captured with four to five high-definition cameras positioned in the audience. After filming, the video is edited, in consultation with the artist, to determine the best representation of the artist’s work. Closer to You intimately connects our audiences to these exquisite projects embodying the best in life-enriching, forward-thinking art.

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Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting

From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

EXHIBITION: May 21 – August 10, 2019
Bruce/Floyd Gallery, Borth Gallery, Smith Gallery

ABOUT | The exhibition Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting focuses on prints and textile works the artist made in her 80s and 90s. Many of the works incorporate fabrics and embroidery, reflecting a lifelong interest in textiles connected to Bourgeois’ childhood years in her family’s business of tapestry restoration. Explorations of time and memory were of importance throughout her life and career, and are especially palpable in these late works.

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) is one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century. For more than ninety years, Bourgeois made drawings daily, beginning in childhood and continuing until her death at age 98. She made art because she had to, and described her practice as a means of survival, a lifelong managing of vulnerabilities, traumas and nightmares. As she put it directly, “Art is a guarantee of sanity.” » More …

2019 | Gallery 02 & 03 | Social Space: Mark Bradford, Leonardo Drew, Julie Mehretu, and Wangechi Mutu From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

EXHIBITION: January 15 – March 9, 2019

ABOUT | Social Space brings together the work of four renowned American artists: Mark Bradford, Leonardo Drew, Julie Mehretu, and Wangechi Mutu. In their art, they share a commitment to abstraction, not only as a means of powerful image making, but also as a politically conscious act. In their depictions of labor, race, and conflict, these artists highlight sociopolitical markers and visual remnants of collective experience and the social fabric from which they emerged.

The term ‘Social Abstraction’ has been associated with Bradford’s practice of combining society’s ephemera with the now 100-year-old genre of abstraction. Bradford’s art reflects “the white noise out there in the streets,” using the discarded materials of urban life. Drew’s paper casts employ processes of weathering, decay, and absence. These are themes the artist links to the housing projects and adjacent landfill where he lived as a child and teen. Countering utopian urges, Mehretu’s dense works resemble complex maps of social networks, upheaval, and human migration, and Mutu’s dismembered relic-like forms evoke past violence and conflict.

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2018 | Galleries 02 & 03 | Kate Gilmore: In Your Way

EXHIBITION: October 16 – December 22, 2018

ABOUT | Kate Gilmore: In Your Way features ten works—nine performance-based videos and one live performance/sculptural installation—by this New York-based artist known for synthesizing multiple artistic mediums including performance, video, sculpture, and painting. In her videos, Gilmore critiques and also inserts herself into male dominated movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, exploring feminist themes and modern and contemporary art tropes, all the while exhibiting relentless determination. The spilling and splattering from her work are an ode to Abstract Expressionism or 1950s stripe paintings. Her works are mischievous and political, as well as humorous and critical of the heroic language and absence of women in these artistic movements. The physical situations and actions Gilmore creates for herself and her performers are metaphors for challenges women face culturally and socially.

According to exhibition catalogue contributor Amy Smith-Stewart, “The videos, performances, and sculptures of Kate Gilmore forge relational encounters that rearrange our thinking about structures of power. Gilmore’s protagonists which are exclusively female within the videos and are almost always herself, attack the ways in which we perceive gendered notions of strength, authority and control in our social arena.”

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2018 | Gallery 03 | Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition Self•ish: Doug Gast, Joe Hedges, and Io Palmer

EXHIBITION: August 21 – October 6, 2018
RECEPTION: Tuesday, September 11th, 12:00-1:30 pm

Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition Self•ish: Doug Gast, Joe Hedges, and Io Palmer

ABOUT | The museum has a long-standing tradition of presenting work by department of Fine Arts faculty members. Previously, these exhibitions have alternated large group shows with a biennial exhibit showcasing a recently retired faculty member. This year the museum will introduce a new format in which select members of the faculty present current work in thematic-based exhibitions.

Self•ish features the work of Doug Gast (WSU Tri-Cities), Joe Hedges (WSU Pullman), and Io Palmer (WSU Pullman). Though varied in process and mediums, all three artists have assembled an exhibition reflecting on a central theme—the formation and depiction of personhood within our multifaceted and progressively digital era. Using his own self-image, Hedges’ work speaks to fragmented identities through online storage and distortion, whereas Gast’s project probes the margin of private and public image use across popular image-sharing platforms. Lastly, the work of Palmer takes a laborious view of a culture’s insatiable appetite for abundant images and adornment.

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2019 | Gallery 02, 03, & 06 | Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

EXHIBITION:  April 2 – May 4, 2019
RECEPTION:  Friday, April 12, 6:00-8:00 pm

ABOUT | This annual showcase is the culmination of two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates. With its wide range of art-making approaches, this thesis exhibition provides a stimulating experience for faculty, students and museum visitors. This year’s MFA candidates are Bridgette Costa, Megan Culbertson, Diana Norely Fernandez Ortiz, Brett McElmurry, Ayanna Z. Nayo, Dustin M. Regul, and June T. Sanders.

Traveling from many places to join the cohort at WSU, these student-artists have engaged in an intense two-year interdisciplinary studio program. They met regularly with faculty members for group and individual critiques. Visiting artists and scholars provided diverse one-on-one insight into their creative work. Each artist sharpened their confidence, convictions, and skills. Their MFA Thesis Exhibition is a focused conclusion, yet it also marks an exciting transition toward their professional careers.

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2019 | Gallery 05 | Michael Schultheis: Venn Pirouettes

EXHIBITION: January 15 – June 29, 2019

ABOUT | Artist and Washington State University alumnus Michael Schultheis finds dynamic synergies between the languages of mathematics and art. An economist and mathematician, with experience in both academic and corporate worlds, Schultheis employs analytical formulae within his luminous paintings and sculptures. His art bends mathematical precision into imperfect visions, creating room for metaphor, storytelling, and beauty, connecting us all in its expression.

Raised on a rural family farm near the Snake River in southeast Washington State, Schultheis was awarded a B.A. in Honors Economics from WSU in 1990. His art has been featured in more than 60 solo exhibitions in the United States. It is included in public collections such as the National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., and U.S. Embassies in Greece and Switzerland. Schultheis has lectured widely on ‘Analytical Expressionism’ a term he uses to describe his practice at the intersection of mathematics, science, technology and the visual arts. » More …

2018-2019 | Gallery 04 | Memento: Selected Works from the Elwood Collections

EXHIBITION: September 18, 2018 – August 10, 2019
Viewer discretion is advised. Memento contains imagery that is sensitive in nature.

ABOUT | memento [muh-men-toh]
1) An object or item that serves to remind one of a person, past event, etc.; keepsake; souvenir.
2) Anything serving as a reminder or warning.

Memento: Selected Works from the Elwood Collections will be the first chance since the turn of the century to more fully research and exhibit one of the prized collections at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University. Spanning fifty years from 1968 to 2018, the Sean Elwood Collections total over 300 objects across three distinct groupings. Originally established through a single donation of prints, the Sean Elwood Collections has grown to include examples 20thand 21stcentury photography, drawings, video, documentation, and cultural ephemera. Highlights include works by renowned Northwest artists such as Fay Jones, Michael Spafford and Jacob Lawrence, as well as by artists known nationally and internationally, such as Robert Mangold, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. Organized thematically, the exhibition will offer reflections on key content areas such as minimalist gestures, performative works, non-normative narratives, as well as social satire and justice. » More …

2018 | Galleries 05 & 06 | Crow’s Shadow: Institute of the Arts at 25

EXHIBITION: September 18 – December 22, 2018
 Thursday, September 27th, 4:30-6:30 pm

ABOUT | Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is an extraordinary center for artistic creativity located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon. Housed in the historic St. Andrew’s Mission school building, Crow’s Shadow was founded in 1992 by Walla Walla artist James Lavadour, one of the Northwest’s most critically acclaimed painters. Organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA), the exhibition chronicles the history of Crow’s Shadow over the past 25 years. Today, CSIA is perhaps the only professional printmaking studio located on a reservation community in the United States. Since opening, it has emerged as one of the most important printmaking studios in the country, bringing together Native and non-Native artists from around the world to make prints under the guidance and direction of master printmaker Frank Janzen. Prints produced at Crow’s Shadow can be found in some of the foremost public and private collections in the United States and have been included in exhibitions around the world.

This exhibition features 75 prints drawn from the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive and focuses on themes of landscape, abstraction, portraiture, word and images, and media and process. Included in the exhibition are works by 50 Native and non-Native artists who have worked at CSIA, including Rick Bartow, Pat Boas, Joe Feddersen, Edgar Heap of Birds, James Lavadour, Truman Lowe, Lillian Pitt, Wendy Red Star, Storm Tharp, and Marie Watt, among others.

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2018 | Gallery 07 | Collections & Learning | MFA Exhibition

Jared Boorn, Anna Carpenter, Morganne Radziewicz, Krista Brand, Marguerite Gilbertson, Mana Mehrabian, and Amelia Warden

EXHIBITION: April 3 – May 5
RECEPTION: Friday, April 6, 6-8pm, Collections and Learning Gallery, Fine Arts Center

ABOUT | The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition is organized by our curators Ryan Hardesty and Zach Mazur who’ve said, “This exhibit provides a wide range of styles and stimulating experiences for faculty, students and local museum constituents. The world-class faculty at WSU encourage the MFA candidates to become more assured and articulate in their convictions. We confidently present this year’s graduate thesis work in hopes that undergraduate students, first year graduate students and anyone willing to be moved by art while spending time at WSU will find it a fun and stimulating experience.” This annual showcase represents the culmination of two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates.

MFA THESIS CANDIDATES | Jared Boorn, Anna Carpenter, Morganne Radziewicz, Krista Brand, Marguerite Gilbertson, Mana Mehrabian, and Amelia Warden. You can learn more about each artist by viewing their websites located in the right-hand sidebar. » More …