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2022 | Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Lecture Featuring: Alison Saar

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Join artist Alison Saar on Thursday, February 10 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. online for a virtual lecture. The Jo Hockenhull Lecture series, organized by the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), the Fine Arts Department, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, has named Alison Saar as the Visiting Lecturer for 2022. Saar will discuss the connections between art and social justice as she provides an overview of her work in sculpture and printmaking. This event is free to the public.

American artist Alison Saar is known not only for her powerful sculptures—she is also a master of the art of printmaking. In both forms, she employs a personal vocabulary informed by history, race, and mythology. Her influences range from ancient Europe, Africa, and American folk art. Saar’s works narrate stories of the African American experience, moving effortlessly from the personal to the political. In many of her works, she charts the tragic history of slavery in America, but her figures symbolize defiance and strength. Other recurring images are informed by jazz, romance, and desire. Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation—featuring nearly 50 prints and five sculptures by the Los Angeles–based artist—is on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through March 12, 2022.

The Hockenhull lecture series was launched in 1996 by the Women’s Studies Department in collaboration with the Department of Fine Arts to honor Jo Hockenhull, a WSU emeritus professor of Fine Arts who served as director of women’s studies for more than a decade. At WSU, Hockenhull focused on building programs and initiatives supporting diversity, the liberal arts, free speech, and critical thinking. Past lecturers have been visual artists, poets, and performance artists who have emphasized the important connections between art, social justice, and political practice. Past recipients have included Arshia Fatima Haq, Marie Watt, Alma Lopez, Faith Ringgold, Octavia Butler, and the Guerilla Girls, to name a few.

For more information, contact Nishant Shahani at 509-335-5286 or nshahani3@wsu.edu.

2022 | Indie Folk Reception and Gallery Talk With Guest Curator Melissa Feldman

Join guest curator Melissa Feldman in the museum galleries on Thursday, January 20, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for a reception and gallery talk about the exhibition Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest. The gallery talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. The exhibition features the work of 17 artists—both established and emerging—from throughout the Northwest region in an exploration of its unique artistic ecosystem involving craft traditions, pre-industrial cultures, and Indigenous and settler histories.

Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU and guest curated by Melissa E. Feldman. Indie Folk will travel to the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR and the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA. Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment, the Mildred S. Bissinger Endowment, Patrick and Elizabeth Siler, Nancy Spitzer, and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

About the Curator | Along with her ongoing work as an independent curator and writer, Melissa Feldman held positions for the last several years as Distinguished Visiting Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, and Director of the Neddy Artist Awards. Recent curatorial projects include Uses of History (2019) at studio e, Seattle; Push Play, an Independent Curators International touring exhibition (2013-17): A Cool Breeze: L.A. and Vancouver Art in the 1960s and Beyond at Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver B.C. (2017); Another Minimalism: Art After California Light and Space (2015-16), at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and UK tour; Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik’s World of Ballet and Theatre (2012) at Mills College Art Museum, Oakland and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Feldman has been a frequent contributor to Art in America and Frieze among other international publications and has taught at the California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Goldsmith’s College, London.

LOCATION | The  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910. The museum is currently open Tuesday through Friday from 1-4 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and closed Sunday and Monday.

2021 | Exhibition Tour with Alison Saar

Join artist Alison Saar in the museum galleries on Wednesday, September 29, from 2-3 p.m. for a personal tour of Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, a retrospective exhibition featuring nearly 50 prints and five sculptures by this renowned Los Angeles–based artist.

American artist Alison Saar is a master of printmaking and sculpture. She employs a personal vocabulary informed by history, race, and mythology. Her influences range from ancient Europe, Africa, and American folk art. Saar’s works narrate stories of the African American experience, moving effortlessly from the personal to the political. In many of her works, she charts the tragic history of slavery in America, but her figures symbolize defiance and strength. Other recurring images are informed by jazz, romance, and desire.

LOCATION: The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information please visit museum.wsu.edu/about.

2021 | Livestreamed Artist’s Talk by Stephanie Broussard

Friday, April 9, 2021, 4:005:00 p.m. PST
Livestreamed Artist’s Talk By MFA
Graduate Candidate Stephanie Broussard

Stream the program live on YouTube
Free and open to the public, no registration necessary.
This livestreamed talk accompanies the 2021 Master of Fine Arts Thesis exhibition

Join MFA graduate candidate Stephanie Broussard virtually as she takes the audience on a tour of her thesis exhibition in the museum’s Pavilion gallery. Traveling from many places to join the cohort at WSU, Broussard engaged in an intense two-year interdisciplinary studio program and met regularly with faculty members for group and individual critiques. Visiting artists and scholars provided diverse one-on-one insight into her creative work while the artist sharpened her confidence, convictions, and skills.

Stephanie Broussard’s work interprets and plays with perceptions of space utilizing the language of paint. Through a series of contrasting themes, she has constructed narrative paintings revolving around distance & closeness; interior & exterior; cityscape & landscape; spiritual & physical; presence & absence.

After the presentation, Stephanie will be joined by her MFA peers for a panel discussion regarding her work. The remainder of Broussard’s MFA cohort, who also entered the program of graduate study in Fine Arts in 2019, have elected to stay a third year due to complications of COVID-19. Broussard’s fellow MFAs have been an important part of her graduate experience, and the panel discussion will give this special group time to reflect on and celebrate Broussard’s effort and accomplishment.

Note: Stephanie’s livestreamed artist talk is fully virtual.

Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU. Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

2021 | Open Gallery With MFA Candidate Stephanie Broussard

Friday, April 9, 2021, 1:003:30 p.m.
Open Gallery With MFA Thesis Candidate Stephanie Broussard

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, Pavilion Gallery
Free and open to the public, no registration necessary.

MFA Candidate Stephanie Broussard will be present in the gallery to informally welcome visitors to her Master of Fine Arts Thesis exhibition. The artist will respond to your questions and provide impromptu tours during this time.

Attestation, distancing, and masks required: please see COVID-19 update on museum website. If the museum is at capacity when you arrive, please wait outside on Terrell Mall. Museum staff will be available to advise waiting visitors.

LOCATION | The  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

2020 | Livestreamed Art History Talk by Namita Gupta Wiggers

Teaching Through Talking: How Betty Feves’ Ceramics Reveal Historic Shifts in Art Education
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Remote Zoom Webinar

Livestreamed Art History Talk by Namita Gupta Wiggers
Discussion and Q&A to follow with guest Squeak Meisel, Chair, WSU Department of Fine Arts

Educator and curator Namita Gupta Wiggers will discuss an important pivot in arts education in the 1930s and 40s exemplified by the ceramics of artist and WSU alumnus Betty Feves. This talk accompanies the exhibition Betty Feves: The Earth Itself at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU. After the talk, Namita will have a conversation with Squeak Meisel, Chair of WSU’s Department of Fine Arts. Questions will be moderated via Zoom Q&A.

Betty Whiteman Feves belongs to a generation of mid-century vanguard artists who set the stage for dynamic shifts in the use of clay in art. She graduated from Washington State College (now Washington State University) in 1939. As an undergraduate student, Feves experienced an historic pivot in arts education, exemplified by the teachings of Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still. Still’s discussion-based approach, which we know as the modern-day “crit,” was a radical shift away from a physical correction-based method. Feves also studied with Cameron Booth, William Fortune Ryan, and Alexander Archipenko, but correspondence with her classmate Alice Burke Schuchman reveals that Still’s teachings were the ideas with which she continued to wrestle. From Still, Feves learned dedication, the crit-based method of education, and how to mix her own paint. She also experienced the pressures and constraints pushed upon female art students aiming to be working artists in the 1930s and 40s. Starting with her academic art education, this lecture will connect Feves’ work in the context of her undergraduate and graduate education at WSU, Columbia University, and DesignTechnics with her lifelong work in clay.

About the exhibition: Betty Feves The Earth Itself

To join the webinar:
https://wsu.zoom.us/s/97783041501
If prompted for a Passcode: 696164

Download and install Zoom before the webinar starts: https://zoom.us/download
Select the first option, “Zoom Client for Meetings” then click the “Download” button

To join via telephone: US: +1 253 215 8782
• Enter the meeting ID: 97783041501#
• After the prompt, press #

Funding for this program and exhibition is provided by Alan and Laurie Feves, the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment, Patrick and Elizabeth Siler, and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

2020 | Livestreamed Artist’s Talk by Etsuko Ichikawa

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Remote Zoom Webinar broadcast from museum gallery

Livestreamed Artist’s Talk by Etsuko Ichikawa
Tokyo-born, Seattle-based artist, Etsuko Ichikawa will discuss the creative motivations and process that brought about Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies, a new immersive installation commissioned by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU. A moderated Q&A will follow the talk.

To join the webinar:
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/98068549427?pwd=RTd6SXhVYUJpelFsck5zL3NqdWhRZz09

When prompted for a Passcode:  691628

Download and install Zoom before the webinar starts: https://zoom.us/download
Select the first option, “Zoom Client for Meetings” then click the “Download” button

To join via telephone: US: +1 253 215 8782 (prompt for meeting ID) 98068549427#

This event is funded by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

2020 | Open Gallery With Artist Etsuko Ichikawa

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Bruce/Floyd and Borth Galleries
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU

Please join us for a special event!

Artist Etsuko Ichikawa will be present in the gallery to informally welcome visitors to her exhibition, Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies. The artist will respond to your questions and provide impromptu tours during this time.

Up to ten visitors will be hosted in the museum at one time, including museum staff. Attestation, distancing, and masks required: please see COVID-19 Update on museum website. If the museum is at capacity when you arrive, please wait outside on Terrell Mall. Museum staff will be available to advise waiting visitors.

This event is funded by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

2020 | Open Gallery With Artist Etsuko Ichikawa

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Bruce/Floyd and Borth Galleries
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU

Please join us for a special event!

Artist Etsuko Ichikawa will be present in the gallery to informally welcome visitors to her exhibition, Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies. The artist will respond to your questions and provide impromptu tours during this time.

Up to ten visitors will be hosted in the museum at one time, including museum staff. Attestation, distancing, and masks required: please see COVID-19 Update on museum website. If the museum is at capacity when you arrive, please wait outside on Terrell Mall. Museum staff will be available to advise waiting visitors.

Exhibition Information
https://museum.wsu.edu/events/exhibit/2020-etsuko-ichikawa-broken-poems-of-fireflies/

JSMA WSU COVID-19 Information
https://museum.wsu.edu/events/