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2017 FALL EXHIBIT | CONTEMPORARY WOMEN PRINTMAKERS

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. » More ...

2017 SUMMER | CURATORS CHOICE EXHIBIT

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.

Points of Interest brings together four Washington State University faculty members—Ruth Boden, Kevin Haas, Taiji Miyasaka, and Linda Russo—whom each, in their own way, provide a lens onto the multi-faceted idea of “place.” Through their creative practices and current research these individuals probe themes of uniqueness as it pertains to locale, but also, degrees of sameness and shared commonalities through cultural synthesis. Supplementing and providing context to their inquiries will be selections of place-based works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection of over 3500 objects.

The Museum of Art is committed to the idea that a museum has a responsibility to recognize the creative talent of its region.  Anna-Maria Shannon, Interim Director of the museum adds, “Our over-arching goal is to support creativity and innovation in students who can seek out divergent opinions, examine complex issues from a variety of perspectives and find meaning in the world.”

LOCATION | The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

 

WSU FACULTY PROFESSORS |

Ruth Boden

Kevin Haas

Taiji Miyasaka

Linda Russo

2017 SPRING | MFA THESIS EXHIBITION

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. Or visit the museum’s webpage here and scroll down to view the gallery of images from each artist.

MFA THESIS CANDIDATES |
Hayley Black
Stephen Cohen
Annie Cunningham
Andre Fortes
Yuanwen Lin
Laura Pregeant

The Museum of Art is committed to the idea that a museum has a responsibility to recognize the creative talent of its region.  Anna-Maria Shannon, Interim Director of the museum adds, “Exposing our audience to the culmination of two or more years work from our graduate candidates enriches the community life of Washington State University by providing meaningful encounters with creativity and innovation. Our over-arching goal is to support creativity and innovation in students who can seek out divergent opinions, examine complex issues from a variety of perspectives and find meaning in the world.”

LOCATION | The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

TRADITION & CHANGE: CONTEXTUALIZING THE ART OF RICK BARTOW

The Museum of Art/WSU will host an exhibition walk-through with Michael Holloman, Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies, Washington State University on February 22 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Museum Gallery.

Drawing from his experiences as a liaison between regional tribes and cultural institutions, Michael Holloman will lead a discussion in defining traditional Native arts and then guide us through the emergence of indigenous artists within the contemporary art field. Professor Holloman will place the work of Rick Bartow in a contemporary context through highlighting a key works within the exhibition.

LOCATION | The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

2016 FALL | What is Graphic Medicine: A Conversation With Cartoonist Mita Mahato

Hear Mita Mahato share her thoughts, and then join her in making some comics!

DETAILS | Thursday, Oct 6th, 1:30pm – 3:30pm Museum of Art Gallery

ABOUT | Mita Mahato’s cut paper art and comics explore the transformative capacities of found and handmade paper using layered shapes, textures, and colors that together build multivalent images and stories. Her most recent cut paper comic “Sea” was recognized by Cartoonists NW as 2015’s “best comic book” and will be the subject of continued work during her participation in the Arctic Circle Residency in 2017. Her comics and collaborative projects have been spotlighted by The Stranger, Seattle Review of Books, and AV Club. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound, serves on the board for Short Run Seattle, and teaches art workshops for Seattle Aquarium’s Creativity Inspiring Conservation program, Henry Art Gallery’s ArtVenture program, and other community organizations. She lives in Seattle.

NOTES | Public event, everyone is welcome!

2016 MURAL COLLABORATION | with artists Tom Van Deusen and Max Clotfelter in the Museum/WSU Gallery

JOIN THE MUSEUM FOR AN ARTIST MURAL COLLABORATION IN THE GALLERY
Friday, September 23 from 10am-4pm

Seattle cartoonists Tom Van Deusen and Max Clotfelter will be in the Museum of Art gallery space painting a 12’ x 16’ foot mural for the NW Alternative Comics exhibition. This is a rare opportunity to see both artists and curators at work as they prepare the installation and mural for the Norhtwest Alternative Comics exhibit which opens on Monday, September 26th.

Notes | Open to the public. Admission is free.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING
PETER BAGGE ARTIST LECTURE: Thurs, 11/3, 6pm, MOA Gallery | Join Peter Bagge, as he weaves the story of the NW alternative comics scene and his career as Weirdo magazine’s managing editor.

LOCATION | The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and closed on Sundays. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

2016 COMIC ARTIST LECTURE | With artist Peter Bagge at Museum/WSU

JOIN THE MUSEUM OF ART FOR A LECTURE WITH ARTIST PETER BAGGE IN THE MUSEUM GALLERY
Thursday, November 3 at 6pm

Meet one of the Northwest’s most celebrated alternative cartoonists, Peter Bagge, as he weaves listeners the story of the Northwest alternative comics scene and how he developed his career as a young cartoonist through establishing a relationship with notorious underground cartoonist, Robert Crumb. After serving as Weirdo magazine’s managing editor Bagge went on to create his own series of comics such as Neat Stuff, the ‘grunge comic’ Hate, and more recently Apocalypse Nerd. Bagge is a recipient of numerous recognitions including the Harvey Award, one of the industry’s most respected awards, and his work is known for its dark humor surrounding youthfulness in middle-class America.

Notes | Open to the public.

LOCATION | The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and closed on Sundays. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

2016 COUGAR COMIX JAM | Hosted by Museum/WSU at Rico’s Pub

JOIN THE MUSEUM OF ART AT RICO’S PUB IN DOWNTOWN PULLMAN
Thursday, September 22 from 5-10pm.

Northwest Alternative Comics artists Max Clotfelter and Tom Van Deusen with be coming to town on September 22nd to host an informal zine making workshop at Rico’s Pub from 5pm to 10pm. Max and Tom will be talking about their comics making process as well as leading participants through the creation of an actual underground zine that will be printed and released at the opening of the NW Alternative Comics Exhibition at the Museum of Art Gallery on October 6. Materials will be provided by the pub, all you’ll need to do is show up and “jam” on one of the pages of the zine. There will be group comic exercises for novices, but anyone who already likes drawing comics can show up and draw. All skill levels and ages are encouraged to participate, everyone is welcome!

Notes | Participants are encouraged to show up at 5pm. Materials will be provided. Admission is free. Minors seated until 7pm.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING
ARTIST MURAL COLLABORATION:
Fri, 9/23,10am-4pm, MOA Gallery | Watch Seattle cartoonists Tom Van Deusen and Max Clotfelter paint a 12×16 foot mural as curators prepare for the opening 9/26.
PETER BAGGE ARTIST LECTURE: Thurs, 11/3, 6pm, MOA Gallery | Join Peter Bagge, as he weaves the story of the NW alternative comics scene and his career as Weirdo magazine’s managing editor.

LOCATION | The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and closed on Sundays. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

2017 WINTER | RICK BARTOW: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

“Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain,” opens at the Museum of Art/WSU
Exhibit: January 24 – March 11, 2017
Reception: Thursday, January 26, 5-6 p.m.
Lecture: Thursday, January 26, 6-7 p.m.
(With Dr. Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University)

The Museum of Art/WSU announces an Exhibition by Rick Bartow: Thing You Know But Cannot Explain, Jan. 24–Mar. 11, 2017. An opening reception and lecture will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Museum of Art gallery. Admission to the museum is free.

ABOUT | Representing more than forty years of work, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain features a broad selection of sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints, drawn from public and private collections, including the artist’s studio, that affirm this extraordinary artist’s regional, national, and international impact. Personal experiences, cultural engagement and global myths, especially Native American transformation stories, are at the heart of Bartow’s art. Animals and self-portraits populate his iconography, and he was known for astute interpretations of literary, musical and visual sources.

Born in 1946, Bartow was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and had close ties with Oregon’s Siletz community. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions and is in numerous public and private collections. A recent career highlight was the completion of We Were Always Here (2012), a monumental pair of sculptures over 20 feet high installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The renowned artist recently passed away in the spring of 2016.

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain was organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon.

LOCATION | The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

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Upcoming Exhibits

 


2018 | UPCOMING EXHIBITION SCHEDULE


Ambiente432: An Interactive Sound Sculpture by Trimpin

April 6, 2018 – May, 2019
GALLERY 01 | PAVILION

The museum has commissioned Trimpin, a ground-breaking Seattle-based sound sculptor, composer, engineer, and inventor, to complete a major new work for the WSU community. Ambiente432 is a site-responsive installation that explores the sound/space continuum demonstrating how an architectural environment can coexist and harmonize with a kinetic sound sculpture. Visitors will be immersed in a spatial and aural world where their movement, throughout the gallery, will affect the sound composition, and thereby, their immediate experience.

Comprised of 12 motion-responsive resonator horns, suspended from the ceiling and organized in strategic configurations, the installation is tuned specially to 432Hz. This vibration frequency, and reoccurring number, has been shown in the tuning of ancient Tibetan singing bowls, Stradivarius instruments, as well as in compositions of Mozart and Verdi, elsewhere, physicists have calculated the Earth’s rhythms at a cycle close to the fundamental frequency of 432.

Trimpin, who goes only by his last name, was born in Germany, in 1951, near the Black Forest. He spent several years living and studying in Berlin, working as a set designer and collaborating with artists from both Germany and the United States. He has worked and lived in Seattle since 1979. Trimpin received a MacArthur “Genius” award and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for his investigations of acoustic music in spatial relationship, both in 1997. He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Musical Arts from California Institute of the Arts, which he was awarded in 2010.


Video from the Bill and Ruth True Collection
April 6 – October 6, 2018
GALLERY 02 | BRUCE/FLOYD GALLERY

The True Collection is an unparalleled private holding in the Northwest of cutting-edge art assembled by Seattle-based collectors, Bill and Ruth True. Containing important works in video, photography and other media by an international roster of both established and emerging artists, the Trues have been 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, Daniel Plufmm, and Takeshi Murata.

Part 1, Altered Time and Shifting Perspectives
April 6-June 30, 2018

Niagara, 2004. Wolfgang Staehle
DVD, 60 minutes looped, with sound
Staehle shot Niagara with a video camera from the same vantage point as Fredric Church’s panoramic painting, Niagara Falls from the American Side (1867). Although 19th-century audiences and today’s audiences are vastly different, Staehle’s decidedly 21st century approach calls into question how the mechanics of digital presentation mediates our experience of nature vs. those of painting or still photography.

Government Cut Freestyle, 1998. Dara Friedman
DVD projection, 9 minutes 20 seconds, silent
From a pier on the southern tip of Miami Beach, an endless stream of civilians jump into the Government Cut, a shipping channel connecting the Atlantic to Biscayne Bay. Their graceful descents, slowed down, repeat endlessly and variously, like jets of water from a fountain.

Descent, 2002. Catherine Yass
16mm film transferred to DVD, 8 minutes 11 seconds, silent
For her film Descent, a camera was lowered to the ground from a crane over a construction site at Canary Wharf, London, through thick fog. Yass adds to the perspectival distortions by screening the film upside down.

Part 2, Entertainment and the Public Sphere
July 17 – October 6, 2018

Mixed Behavior, 2003. Anri Sala
Digital color video, 8 minutes 17 seconds, sound
A DJ, working on a rooftop during a rainstorm, appears to respond to—or even control—the chaotic fireworks exploding around him as part of the celebration on the New Year in Tirana, Albania.

Volta (with Badeira), 2003. Stephen Dean
Single channel video transferred to DVD, installation with fabric enclosure, 8 minutes 52 seconds, sound
Fabric swaths create an immersive enclosure for footage of chanting, pulsating crowds, smoke bombs and sirens at a Brazilian football match.

Monster Movie, 2005. Takeshi Murata
Single channel video transferred to DVD, 4 minutes, sound by Plate Tectonics
A shower of bright color and sound, Murata uses genre movies as raw material (in this case, 1981’s forgotten Caveman). By tweaking codec software used to compress images and other data for digital storage, Marata converts motion in the original into painterly, moving abstractions.


Jeffry Mitchell: The Death of Buddha, Elefant Lanterns, 2 Giant Roosters and a Large Gampi Print
April 6 – August 4, 2018
GALLERY 03 | BORTH GALLERY

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 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 twenty-five years the 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. He is best-known for his work in ceramics, transforming low-brow kitsch forms into recast studies of universal human experience.

We are pleased to announce for his upcoming project with the museum, Mitchell will debut The Death of Buddha, Elefant Laterns, 2 Giant Roosters and a large Gampi Print, an immersive gallery installation combining many of the artist’s hallmark materials, methods and reoccurring forms. Thematically the installation navigates a world of dualities; childhood domesticity and earthly life to visions of death and potential for enlightened being, free of intrinsic suffering.

Jeffry Mitchell was born in Seattle, in 1958, and currently lives and works in the city. He received a BA in painting from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas then moved to Japan to teach English. After an apprenticeship with a production potter in Seto, Mitchell received his MFA in printmaking at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. Recent one person exhibitions of Mitchell’s work include: Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell, 2012-2013, Henry Art Gallery; Some Things and Their Shadows, 2009, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; and Shiny Happy Pretty (with Tina Hoggatt), 2008, Missoula Art Museum. In 2016, he completed residencies at both the Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell Colony.


Marie Watt: Companion Species (Underbelly)
April 6– September 1, 2018
GALLERY 04 | CREIGHTON GALLERY

“We are received in blankets, and we leave in blankets. The work…is inspired by the stories of those beginnings and endings, and the life in between…Blankets hang around in our lives and families – they gain meaning through use.”

“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

Marie Watt makes fiber constructions, sculpture and prints that explore “human stories and rituals implicit in everyday objects.” The wool blanket in particular, rich in social and cultural history, has been one of the artist’s primary materials for over 15 years, as she has traced it’s realm through symbol and metaphor; a painful remembrance of colonialism, and yet,  an authentic, tactile symbol of socially-binding collectivism. In working with blankets, to make wall textiles or sculptural forms, her process is both solitary and collaborative. Small works are personal meditations, while larger-scale works are often made in community, notably in public “sewing circles.” Watt’s own heritage, stemming from both the Seneca Nation and the ranches of Wyoming, informs her interest in multiculturalism, Iroquois proto-feminism and indigenous art forms, as well as, twentieth-century modernist abstraction.

Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1967, Marie Watt has studied at Willamette University, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Yale University School of Art. She has exhibited at such venues as the New York Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, the Seattle Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Portland Art Museum, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She has received many awards and fellowships and has given lectures at colleges and universities across the country.

 


Person(a): Portraiture from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation
April 6 – August 4, 2018
GALLERY 05 | HARMON/WRIGHT GALLERY

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. Including a wide variety of makers and subjects, as well as artistic mediums, this exhibition spans portrayals steeped in intimacy to highly manipulated and mediated visages. Within the latter category are works that contend with printmaking and photography’s ability to produce multiples and alterations of their original subjects—begging consideration of the individual in light of the mass-produced icon. Elsewhere the exhibition focuses squarely on how we define the self, questioning a static representation in lieu of hybridized and ever-changing formations of identity. Intrinsically dovetailed to cultural recognition and commemoration, portraiture has been historically incomplete in fully representing the breadth of  humanity—always at stake within the genre is who has been represented and by whom. This exhibition seeks a far-reaching, inclusive array of art and artist, emphasizing less-recognized—even marginalized—members of society.

Highlighting over twenty artists including foundational, preeminent figures of 20th and 21st centuries, such as Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol, as well as groundbreaking voices from the contemporary scene including Lalla Essaydi , Kota Ezawa, Glenn Ligon and Mickalene Thomas, Person(a) demonstrates the genre’s continued creative force and cultural resonance.  Drawn from the vast collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation the featured works testifies to Mr. Schnitzer’s passion for art of broad perspective and stimulating thought.


Hearts: Selections from the Jim Dine Print Collection
April 6 – June 30, 2018
GALLERY 06 | GREAT HALL

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 statements of creative love and love of making the work.

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.”

MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
April 3 – May 5, 2018
RECEPTION: April 6, 6-8 pm (in original gallery)

GALLERY 07 | COLLECTIONS & LEARNING GALLERY

Welcome WSU Moms! This exhibit opens in our Collections & Learning Gallery, located in the original museum gallery. This annual showcase represents the culmination of two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates. This exhibition always provides a wide range of styles and stimulating experiences for faculty, students and local museum visitors.