Person(a): Portraiture from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation assembles a captivating selection of contemporary portraiture offering new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. Artists and their viewership have long been fascinated by portraiture’s potential to connect us to a loved one, an enthralling personality, or a notable figure. Beyond creating ‘likeness’, artists are challenged to see past a subject’s outward appearance to unveil something less tangible, a deeper psychology. Works included in this exhibition propose varied and often unconventional ways of representing an individual, spanning portrayals steeped in intimacy to highly manipulated and mediated visages.
“I am interested in how an underbelly is both the soft fleshy vulnerable part of a body, but also how it is associated with dark hidden areas. Lately, I have been reflecting on dogs—canis familiars— as pets, mythological guides, and first teachers. Companion Species addresses the reciprocal relationship humans have with canines throughout history, this story is one of ignorance, stewardship and reciprocity.” –Marie Watt
In this new and original body of work, Portland-based artist Marie Watt is considering cultural relationships toward animals and the natural world, from First Teachers within Iroquois oral tradition to representations of La Lupa Capitolina, the Etruscan she-wolf nursing the mythological founders of Rome, Remus and Romulus. The She-Wolf has become her inspiration and companion in the making of this work, offering shelter and protection as envisioned for visitors of the gallery.
“My work is an extended meditation on labor, a healing rumination and an ecstatic outburst. At the center of my rumination is shame, insecurity, worry, fear, and desire that aspires to joy, enthusiasm, hope, and pride.” –Jeffry Mitchell
Jeffry Mitchell’s exuberant art is at once innocent and affable, welcoming to all, yet at play within his motifs are provocative meditations on sexuality, class, and spirituality. Identifying himself as a “gay folk artist,” Mitchell creates work that is both highly autobiographical and resolutely democratic. Suffused with a desire to accept and embrace the flawed aspects of ourselves and others, it could be said that Mitchell’s overarching subject is love itself. For over 25 years, this Seattle-based artist has produced distinctive drawings, prints and sculptures, weaving together references that span folk, craft, and decorative arts traditions within the context of contemporary art. Best-known for his work in ceramics, Mitchell recasts low-brow forms into studies of universal human experience. » More …
The True Collection is a private holding of cutting-edge art assembled by Seattle-based collectors William and Ruth True. Consisting of important works in video, photography, and other media by an international roster of both established and emerging artists, the collectors are steadfast in their patronage of contemporary art, daringly collecting fresh and emergent forms of art-making.
In a two-part presentation, the museum will consecutively highlight six room-sized video projections from six international artists, all selected from the True Collection. Part 1: Altered Time and Shifting Perspectives will include artists Dara Friedman, Wolfgang Staehle, and Catherine Yaas. Part 2: Entertainment and the Public Sphere will include artists Stephen Dean, Takeshi Murata, and Anri Sala. » More …
Internationally renowned artist Jim Dine has utilized many reoccurring autobiographical themes—tools, robes, ancient Venuses, Pinocchio—yet no motif in Dine’s work more clearly declares his romanticism and giving spirit than the image of the stylized heart. Neither too abstract nor too realistic, the stylized heart has become a familiar symbol for sentiment and synonym for love—and in Dine’s hands, an opportunity for a strong fervent, expressionist sensibility. Above all, Dine’s hearts are testaments to his love of the creative process and the work that follows.
In the spring of 2014, Jim Dine donated 201 complete works of art from his personal archives to the Museum of Art at Washington State University, in honor of art patron Jordan D. Schnitzer and as a stimulus to the campaign for a new museum building on the Pullman campus. Dine commented at the time of his unprecedented gift, “It’s about education, it’s about enriching the culture of the state and it’s about exposing young people to what’s called art.” » More …
The museum commissioned Trimpin, a ground-breaking composer and sculptor who has lived and worked in Seattle since 1979, to design and create a major new work for the WSU community. Ambiente432 is a site-responsive installation exploring the sound-space continuum, demonstrating how an architectural environment may coexist and harmonize with a kinetic sound sculpture. Like much of his previous work, this installation combines Trimpin’s research in musical, acoustical, and sound sculpture design, joining music scores and kinetics with computer technology.
Comprised of 12 motion-responsive resonator horns suspended from the ceiling and organized in strategic configurations, the installation is tuned precisely to 432Hz. Known as Verdi’s ‘A’, this vibration frequency recurs in the tuning of ancient Tibetan singing bowls, Stradivarius instruments, and 20th century physicist W. O. Schumann calculated the Earth’s rhythms at a cycle close to the fundamental frequency of 432Hz. Ambiente432 is “played” by visitors themselves as they move through and activate the space, impacting their own immersive spatial and aural experience. » More …
EXHIBITION: AUGUST 22 – NOVEMBER 17, 2017
CLOSING RECEPTION: Fri, 11/17, 5-7pm
JOINT LECTURE: Fri, 11/17, 5-6pm, with Wendy Red Star and Beatrice Red Star Fletcher
ABOUT | Contemporary Women Printmakers celebrates six internationally recognized women artists invested in printmaking, a process both physically and technically demanding. Featured artists include Hung Liu, Wangechi Mutu, Deborah Oropallo, Wendy Red Star, Alison Saar and Lorna Simpson. Hailing from many places around the world—Africa, Asia, and North America—these artists offer a diverse set of perspectives on a wide-range of themes pertaining to global culture. Each is critically engaged with content surrounding issues of identity formation—through gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, or economic class—and each employs figuration as a means to explore representations of the female body within contemporary art and popular culture.
The featured works demonstrate a broad variety of traditional as well as contemporary printmaking techniques, from woodcut to etching to offset lithography and digital prints. » More …
Reflections on Place through WSU Faculty and the Museum Collection
May 16 – June 30, 2017
“The intersections of nature, culture, history, and ideology form the ground on which we stand—our land, our place, the local.” –Lucy Lippard
ABOUT | In his essay Towards a Critical Regionalism, architectural historian Kenneth Frampton denounced the prevailing “international” style of architecture—modular, rational, often partly pre-fabricated—for reducing regional variance to the point that new buildings in cities across the world were beginning to look altogether and everywhere the same. As an ensuing extension of Frampton’s argument, artists of various disciplines have taken up the challenge of balancing regional difference within a hyper-connected, globalized world. Today’s culture-makers have an opportunity to benefit from burgeoning avenues of information exchange and de-centralized seats of power, while critically responding to local conditions; reflective of their community’s histories, cultural-makeup, and the particulars of the surrounding land. » More …
EXHIBITION: April 4 – May 6
RECEPTION: Friday, April 7, 6-8pm
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 INTERVIEWS | We also are fortunate to have interviews and photos with the candidates posted on facebook (explaining the graduate candidates’ art and processes) as a great resource. Find these interviews by scrolling down to view the photo gallery, or view them on facebook by clicking here.
MFA THESIS CANDIDATES | Hayley Black, Stephen Cohen, Annie Cunningham, Andre Fortes, Yuanwen Lin and Laura Pregeant. You can learn more about each artist by viewing their websites located in the right-hand sidebar. » More …
EXHIBITION: Jan. 24 – Mar. 11
RECEPTION: Thurs, Jan. 26, 5-6pm
LECTURE: Thurs, Jan. 26, 6-7pm (With Dr. Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University)
ABOUT | More than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints will be displayed in “Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain,” a major retrospective exhibition representing 40 years of work by the Native American artist. On view at the Museum of Art/WSU from January 24 – March 11, the exhibition opens with a reception and lecture on January 26 from 5-7 p.m. The lecture will be given by Dr. Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University.
Drawn from public and private collections as well as the artist’s studio, the exhibition and accompanying catalog explore themes central to the artist’s work and life: “Gesture,” “Self,” “Dialogue,” “Tradition,” and “Transformation,” as well as “New Work,” featuring exciting examples of Bartow’s production since his stroke in August 2013 that evidence a new freedom of scale and expression. » More …