Past Exhibitions

May 14, 2016 to July 10, 2016
Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen celebrates the achievements of the most artistically and politically adventurous American comic-book company of the twentieth century: Bill Gaines’s Entertaining Comics, better known to fans all over the world as EC.
April 20, 2016 to June 26, 2016
Relationship, created by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, debuted at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The JSMA exhibition features 26 photographs from the project, which chronicles Drucker and Ernst's private moments, from 2008 to 2013, as an opposite-oriented transgender couple, during which time Ernst transitioned from female to male and Drucker transitioned from male to female.
February 20, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Call and Response brings together four recent acquisitions that invite viewers to consider our own role in artistic communication. Inspired by the JSMA’s recent acquisition of Ann Hamilton’s Signal (2010), the title is derived from a technique in music, where a melody sung by one person is echoed by another.
February 10, 2016 to June 05, 2016
Strike a Pose features images from the world of dance drawn from the JSMA’s collection of photography. Representing photographers and dancers active in the United States in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, the images capture a variety of styles of dance, including African, Indian, jazz, modern, and ballet.
February 10, 2016 to May 29, 2016
NewArt Art Northwest Kids, our annual exhibition of K–12 student art, returns to the Education Corridor Galleries. This year’s theme, “The Road Not Taken,” explores students’ visual depictions and definitions of their lives, travel, or hopes for the future. Students have been encouraged to read Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken and consider the ideas conveyed to them through the poet’s words.
February 06, 2016 to April 10, 2016
Contemporary American painter Squeak Carnwath is currently a tenured professor at the University of California at Berkeley. In her work, she combines personal references and icons from anthropology and art history with purely visual elements, and creates thought-provoking combinations of text and image. Regardless of media, everything relates back to the act of painting.
January 23, 2016 to April 24, 2016
This retrospective exhibition explores the range of photographic work by one of America’s masters of the medium, Brian Lanker (August 31, 1947 – March 13, 2011).
January 06, 2016 to February 07, 2016
The exhibition — part of the international events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death — will bring the 1623 original edition of the playwright’s first published collection to 53 sites: one site in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each location will host the exhibition for four weeks.
December 19, 2015 to September 04, 2016
This installation highlights artists, donors, and collecting interests that have contributed to the museum’s holdings of Pacific Northwest sculpture over the past fifty years.
October 14, 2015 to January 24, 2016
This year’s exhibition features the work of Casey Benson, Jordan Bell, Dwayne Benjamin, DeForest Buckner, Megan Conder, women’s golf, Tyrell Crosby, Tony Brooks-James, Jalen Jelks, Jordyn Fox, Janita Iamaleava, Glen Ihenacho, Canton Kaumatule, Haniteli Lousi, Austin Maloata,Tui Talia, and Kira Wagoner.
October 03, 2015 to January 03, 2016
This special exhibition will explore the range of contemporary print techniques – aquatint, etching, intaglio, lithography, mezzotint, silkscreen, stencils, and woodblock printing – as well as a great range of subject matter.
September 30, 2015 to January 24, 2016
The 10 combinations of monotype, drypoint, and chine-collé included in this exhibition were created by Bartow in collaboration with Mika Boyd, printmaking/fibers studio technician in the Department of Art, for the JSMA permanent collection during Spring 2015.
September 16, 2015 to June 13, 2016
Trained as an icon painter and conservator, Russian artist Olga Volchkova uses her knowledge of Orthodox iconography and her love of botany to create provocative paintings that explore the history of florae.
September 10, 2015 to December 06, 2015
Drawing on the rich tradition of cut paper crafts (or papel picado) in Mexico, Catalina Delgado Trunk creates intricate works that tell the stories of pre-contact indigenous cultures as well as treating more contemporary subjects. Voces de Mis Antepasados examines her pieces with pre-Columbian themes.
September 10, 2015 to December 06, 2015
Painter and printmaker Enrique Chagoya describes his work as a “conceptual fusion of opposite cultural realities” and employs what he calls “reverse anthropology.” His provocative works incorporate diverse symbolic elements from pre-Columbian mythology, Western religious iconography, and American popular culture.

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