Past Exhibitions

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.
January 14, 2014 to March 16, 2014
An interactive installation by Vermont-based artist Kathy Marmor, The Messengers relies on user content to create Twitter-influenced mashups. Randomized sentences, displayed in dynamic LED lights, depict abbreviated communication gone awry and run the gamut from hilarious nonsense to poetry.
October 08, 2013 to July 06, 2014
In the fourteenth century Nō (also written Noh) and its comic counterpart, Kyōgen, evolved from earlier dramatic and musical performance traditions to become the medieval dance-drama of Japan’s warrior class. This rotation features prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo and others documenting performances of this subtle, elegant art, along with paintings, books, theatrical properties and netsuke toggles.
September 28, 2013 to December 31, 2013
Artist Song Tao’s three-part video humorously and poetically engages the dynamic cityscape of Shanghai, China’s largest metropolis. The artist and his cast transform public wastebaskets, crowded bus stops, wide boulevards, and sprawling high rises into spaces of play and personal reflection.
September 28, 2013 to December 31, 2013
In this special exhibition, wide open spaces, spectacular rock formations, and the cowboy life are examined alongside struggles for limited natural resources, Native American cultural continuity, and new energy sources.
September 09, 2013 to January 26, 2014
This special selection of photographs from the permanent collection are on view in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, a campus organization that creates, funds, and shares research that addresses the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities.
August 31, 2013 to February 09, 2014
Building on last year’s collaboration with the John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes and the UO Department of Arts and Administration, this year’s show features work created by UO student athletes from a variety of sports: football, soccer, men’s and women’s golf, track and field, cheerleading, men’s and women’s basketball.
August 27, 2013 to February 09, 2014
This exhibition focuses on Iberian and Latin American Transatlantic Studies, featuring works by such important modern and contemporary masters as Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002), Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), and Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991), among others.
August 20, 2013 to August 10, 2014
The Virgin Mary has been venerated in art and visual culture since the late Middle Ages throughout Christian Europe. Featuring both painted panels and ivories, from the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Yugoslavia and Greece, this new exhibition in the McKenzie Gallery explores a variety of symbolic representations of Mary and iconic scenes from her life.
August 13, 2013 to January 26, 2014
This exhibition features photographs of such historical figures as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.
June 15, 2013 to September 15, 2013
As the JSMA celebrates its 80th anniversary, we affirm the importance of Oregon artists to our mission and collection.
June 01, 2013 to September 01, 2013
In honor of the JSMA’s 80th anniversary, “Living Legacies” will celebrate collectors and collections in our community that reflect the JSMA’s vision for the future.
June 01, 2013 to December 08, 2013
Features works acquired, through gift and purchase, over the last five years, since Lasting Legacies, reflecting a more expansive collecting mission and enhanced service to our on- and off-campus constituents.

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