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2020 MFA Online Exhibition

AZZAH SULTAN

EXHIBITION | March 31 – May 9, 2020 (online exhibition during COVID-19 temporary closure)
RECEPTION | Reception has been canceled in accordance with the cancellation of WSU Mom’s Weekend

2020 | AZZAH SULTAN MASTER OF FINE ARTS THESIS STATEMENT

Growing up in Malaysia, our culture and customs are significant areas of familial focus. It is important to not lose touch of who we are; the rite of passage to transfer knowledge is traditionally passed from one generation to the next. “Anak Dara” is a Malay term that translates to ‘a young and unmarried child.’ It is a term of endearment my mother often uses.

In this body of work, “Anak Dara” is an ode to the diaspora of leaving home and the journey to recover what was lost through materiality, performance, and the power of my mother’s voice. » More …

2020 | MFA Online Exhibition

RICHIE MASIAS

EXHIBITION | March 31 – May 9, 2020 (online exhibition during COVID-19 temporary closure)
RECEPTION | Reception has been canceled in accordance with the cancellation of WSU Mom’s Weekend

2020 | RICHIE MASIAS MASTER OF FINE ARTS THESIS STATEMENT

The Quarks of Time Travel

F r a g m e n t e d – time machine moments.
Always along for the ride
and will never arrive. Seeing
the idea. Multiple moments appearing at once,
from separate places.

Seeing out of reach. » More …

2020 | MFA Online Exhibition

CHADCHOM CHESKHUN

EXHIBITION | March 31 – May 9, 2020 (online exhibition during COVID-19 temporary closure)
RECEPTION | Reception has been canceled in accordance with the cancellation of WSU Mom’s Weekend

2020 | CHADCHOM CHESKHUN MASTER OF FINE ARTS THESIS STATEMENT

The Ephemeral Nature of Memory follows a concept in three stages: Stage I: Pure Memory, Stage II: Remained, and Stage III: There is No There. Each stage includes a body of work, which represents a stage of memory. The intention is for the viewer to look beyond the subject of the images, to the process, which reveals something altogether new in form and perception.

Polaroid photographs are central to each stage. Polaroid film evokes feelings of privacy, preciousness, nostalgia, and realization the image is unique and non-reproducible. Thus, evoking private memories and feelings. » More …

2020 | Follow the Sun: The Holland and Orton Collections

EXHIBITION | May 26, 2020 – Ongoing
Wright/Harmon Gallery

Follow the Sun: The Holland and Orton Collections

 ABOUT | Follow the Sun: The Holland and Orton Collections is drawn from the Collection Study Center at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU. Formed in 1973, the museum’s permanent collection began from such founding collections of 19th and 20th century American art. The Holland and Orton Collections contain a fascinating array of artistic themes and approaches from the romanticism of the Hudson River School to the social concerns of American Realism and American Scene Painting. The largest areas of focus, however, are works of American Impressionism illustrating a dynamic evolution of influence from Europe to America to the Pacific Northwest. Throughout it all, the landscape endured as a favorite subject representing ideal beauty as well as westward ambition and migration. Relatedly, depictions of indigenous lands must be considered in light of land seizure and settler colonization. » More …

2020 | Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies

EXHIBITION | May 26 – December 19, 2020
GALLERY TALK | May 26, 3 – 4 pm

Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies

ABOUT | Imagine fireflies pulsating in the dark on a humid summer night—serene, undulating points of light over fields and creeks of a verdant countryside. In contrast to this soothing peace, the firefly’s emanating green light reminds one of glowing uranium, producing a mixture of beauty and fear. 

Tokyo-born, Seattle-based artist, Etsuko Ichikawa will channel these seemingly contradictory visions into a new immersive installation commissioned by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The exhibition Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies begins within a video gallery featuring a trilogy of films created over the past five years. Equal parts performance documentation and cinematic experience, the videos reveal the dramatic potential of simple gestures made in extraordinary settings. Moving into a second gallery, visitors will encounter a room-sized installation with pulsating glass orbs. These firefly-like forms conjure the artist’s childhood memories, but also through their irradiation, connect us to nuclear histories both far and near. » More …

2020 | Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

EXHIBITION | March 31 – May 9, 2020 (online exhibition during COVID-19 temporary closure)
RECEPTION | Reception has been canceled in accordance with the cancellation of WSU Mom’s Weekend

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, the thesis exhibition provides a stimulating experience for faculty, students and museum visitors. This year’s MFA candidates are Kelsey Baker, Mohsen Bchir, Azzah Sultan, Chadchom Cheskhun, Richie Masias, Harry Mestyanek, and Qarthian.

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. » More …

2020 | Trimpin: Ambiente432

EXHIBITION |  January 14 – March 14 2020 (temporarily closed to the public)
(The last day of Trimpin: Ambiente432 was March 14. The installation will re-open on May 12, 2020.)

In 2016, the museum commissioned Trimpin, a ground-breaking composer and sculptor, to design and create a major new work for the WSU community. Ambiente432 debuted at the inauguration of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and has now entered the museum’s permanent collection. This January the work will be restaged in the gallery space it was originally designed for. » More …

2019 | Polly Apfelbaum: Frequently the Woods are Pink

Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

EXHIBITION | August 27, 2019 – March 14, 2020
Creighton Gallery, Bruce/Floyd Gallery, Borth Gallery, Smith Gallery
Artist Lecture | September 4, 4-5 pm, CUB Auditorium, Reception | 5-6 pm, Museum Gallery

Polly Apfelbaum: Frequently the Woods are Pink, Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation features unique prints of extraordinary complexity from this renowned American artist. Apfelbaum creates worlds of visual wonderment. The artist’s maximalist aesthetic posits a startling idea: Beauty, exuberance, and chromatic energy are conduits to social unity. Her works convey a welcoming space where juxtaposition of seemingly incongruous colors and patterns find shared equilibrium hinting at a society in peace. » More …

2019 | Chiho Aoshima: City Glow

Animation in Collaboration with: Bruce Ferguson, 2005

EXHIBITION | August 20 – December 14, 2019
Pavilion Gallery

“The evolution of human civilization is great; humankind thinks nature is precious, but it is difficult for humankind and nature to coexist. I represented these two souls that cannot understand each other through the images of buildings and mountains.” – Chiho Aoshima

The museum is pleased to present Chiho Aoshima’s City Glow made possible through a prestigious loan from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In 2005, Aoshima collaborated with the New Zealand-based animator Bruce Ferguson to create City Glow, her first animation. This five-channel video work is a meditation on humankind’s strained relationship with nature, where forces of good and evil vie for control of the land. Using dreamlike imagery and bright colors of Japanese anime, the seven-minute narrative opens in a beautiful garden filled with exotic foliage and creatures. Gradually, a modern city of anthropomorphic skyscrapers grows from this tranquil and lush wilderness. As night falls, the city becomes a haunted wasteland; finally, demonic ghosts are banished by winged spirits, and nature flowers once again. » More …

2019 | Night Stars: The Aiken Collection

Comprised of 24 works by 16 artists

EXHIBITION: July 23 – Ongoing (temporarily closed to the public)

Artworks, like night stars, are seen across time and space—with us yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The Mary Margaret and Richard Aiken Collection of Late Twentieth Century Works on Paper focuses on American print works created between 1965 and the mid-1990s. Comprised of 24 works by 16 artists, the collection includes artworks by renowned American artists Jennifer Bartlett, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella, with additional works by international artists Francesco Clemente and Kiyoshi Saito. The artworks are bright, bold and expressive, yet artistically diverse, with examples of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Pop art, and Minimalism. When originally acquired by the Aikens, these artists were heralded as masters of modern and contemporary art. How then do today’s viewers consider these now-historic works, in many instances three to five decades later? Across time and space they continue to reside with us, constituting a startling range of art-making approaches and visual-culture benchmarks. » More …