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. In January 2020, the installation was re-staged in the gallery space it was originally designed for. » More …
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 …
Animation in Collaboration with: Bruce Ferguson, 2005
EXHIBITION | August 20 – December 14, 2019
“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 …
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 …
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. » More …
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 …
Mark Bradford, Leonardo Drew, Julie Mehretu, and Wangechi Mutu
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.
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.”
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.
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.