Past Exhibitions

July 08, 2014 to June 28, 2015
In summer 2014, the JSMA will install a small selection of 20th–21st century Korean calligraphy, paintings, and ceramics, including recently acquired porcelain vessels by KIM Yikyung (born 1935) and LEE Young-Ho (born 1977).
June 24, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Healing Arts: Highlights from the Museum’s Arts and Healthcare Outreach Program showcases artwork from Holly Residential and Oregon Supported Living Program.
June 17, 2014 to July 26, 2015
The exhibition will feature woodblock prints related to scholar's garden from famous and wide-spread painting manuals Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual (first printed in 1679) and Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Painting (first printed in early 17th Century). Exquisite textiles, paintings, and sculptures presenting garden iconography will also be included in the exhibition.
June 03, 2014 to October 12, 2014
British artist John Piper (1903–92) defies categorization. In addition to producing some of Britain’s best-loved paintings, prints, and photographs of the 20th century, Piper designed fabrics, stained glass windows, and stage sets for a number of theatrical works (including six operas by Benjamin Britten). He also wrote extensively—both poetry and non-fiction texts—on the arts in England.
May 10, 2014 to September 28, 2014
This exhibitions features work of the Catalan-American artist Pierre Daura (1896- 1976) and explores his process of identity formation as interpreted through three major motivating forces: his devotion to family, his engagement with various artistic communities, and his evolving nationality.
April 26, 2014 to September 14, 2014
This exhibition, drawn from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection, features major works by international contemporary artists, all of which explore creative interpretations of the human figure. Ranging in scale and media, these whimsical and provocative pieces include works by John Baldessari, Chuck Close, Lalla Essaydi, Roland Fisher, Roy Lichtenstein, Hung Liu, and Elizabeth Peyton.
April 25, 2014 to June 29, 2014
In conjunction with Cinema Pacific and made possible by a JSMA Academic Support Grant, the JSMA is pleased to present two video installations by Portland-based artist Vanessa Renwick. Renwick’s installations address serious issues, related to our environment, in often humorous ways.
April 01, 2014 to August 03, 2014
These two contemporary Oregon artists offer substantially different but equally innovative approaches to figurative art.
April 01, 2014 to June 28, 2015
The JSMA is proud to unveil our recently conserved Ten Symbols of Longevity screen along with a selection of Korean objects spanning the 19th and 20th centuries. This rotation features a number of court and Buddhist paintings and textiles, prints of traditional Korean subjects by Scottish artist Elizabeth Keith (1887–1956), and a few contemporary works.
March 11, 2014 to July 27, 2014
Curated by University of Oregon undergraduate art history major Merrit Thompson, the exhibition features prints in the JSMA collection by artists who worked for the Works Project Administration in the 1930s and took as their subject matter the pursuit of the American Dream.
March 04, 2014 to May 25, 2014
Austrian artist Josefine Allmayer was born in a small town near Vienna in 1904. Allmayer’s father taught her the art of psaligraphy, or papercut silhouettes, when she was a child. The works in this exhibition feature enchanting renditions of life along the Danube River, painstakingly cut from tissue-thin papers with scissors.
February 25, 2014 to June 08, 2014
Teachers of public, private, and home school students in grades K-12 submitted work from schools across Oregon for this year’s theme, which explores the relationship of food to art and draws inspiration from the pursuit of healthy eating. Sponsored by D. Michael Balm and Dee Carlson.
February 11, 2014 to April 27, 2014
The Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO—Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca) was born in the wake of the 2006 uprisings in Oaxaca, Mexico and this year marks the eighth anniversary of the collective’s commitment to engendering social change through art.
January 25, 2014 to April 06, 2014
Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power explores Walker’s transformation of historical materials through a range of different projects, bringing together some of her earliest and most recent artworks. Taking her silhouette imagery beyond cut paper, she has worked in a variety of other mediums, from drawing and printmaking to metal sculpture, shadow puppetry, and film.
January 18, 2014 to March 16, 2014
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live explores how these contemporary artists embrace a cross-disciplinary approach to art making wherein the legacies of art, craft, and design merge in work that expands and explores the tactile, conceptual, imaginary, material, and critical potential of cultural production.

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