EUGENE, Ore. -- (May 23, 2013) Artwork acquired by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in the past five years will be on display throughout the museum’s galleries during its 80th anniversary celebration. On view beginning June 1, these new acquisitions will be identified with a red JSMA @ 80 symbol.
The celebration of the museum’s 80th birthday begins with a free, public reception on Friday, May 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. A members-only reception will be held 5-6 p.m.
“We’re excited to show many of the works that the museum has acquired, through gift and purchase, over the past five years,” says executive director Jill Hartz. “From our Schnitzer Gallery to our Japanese galleries, we’ve installed a range of work that points to our expanded collections strategies. Among these strategies are adding works that enable us to explore the history of art and a special focus on art of the Americas that reflects our community’s growing Hispanic demographic.”
Included in the Schnitzer Gallery is “Book 2,” a commissioned multi-media piece by video artist Peter Sarkisian, “Leaving the Lecture: The Faculty Wives,” an oil painting by Anne Kutka McCosh, “Mesopotamian Bouquet,” a wood and paper sculpture by Rex Silvernail, “Zig Zag with Heat Source,” a watercolor and ink work by Charles Stokes; “Abaco,” an oil on canvas diptych by Aimée Garcia and “Sin Titulo (Untitled),” a textile work by Ibrahim Miranda.
The JSMA’s photography collection continues to grow and photographs by Sam Abell, David Maawad, Patricia Noyes, Milton Rogovin, Genaro Sántiz Gómez, George Tice, Arthur Tress, and Andy Warhol are also featured.
The Preble/Murphy Galleries of Japanese Art showcase new acquisitions from the Jack and Susy Wadsworth Collection, a recent gift of more than 150 contemporary Japanese prints. Ten Wadsworth prints are on view on the museum’s large Japanese gallery including works by Amano Kazumi, Fukuzawa Hideki, Ikeda Masuo, Kurosaki Akira, Kusama Yayoi, Noda Tetsuya, Okamoto Hiroko, Shima Kuniichi, and Sonoyama Harumi.
In the adjoining Japanese gallery, “Ainu Pattern,” a woodblock print by Sekino Jun’ichirô, purchased in honor of the late Yoko Matsuoka McClain after her death in 2011, is juxtaposed with a sampling of Sekino prints kindly donated by the artist’s son, Sekino Junpei. Nearby, a small portfolio by Japanese mezzotint master Hamanishi Katsunori celebrates artistic and architectural monuments of Chicago.
The Jin Joo Gallery in the Huh Wing of Korean Art highlights contemporary Korean ceramics acquired with assistance by International Arts & Artists, the Korea Foundation, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. These ten pieces were part of the exhibition “From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics,” shown at the JSMA in 2007. Two works by master calligrapher Jung Hyunbok, a ten-panel folding screen and a pair of hanging scrolls,” were given to the museum by internationally renowned calligrapher Jung Do-jun, the artist’s son. At the end of the gallery, a large hanging scroll by contemporary Korean ink painter Her Suyoung envelopes the viewer in a steep, mist- covered landscape.
The MacKinnon Gallery of European Art features a selection of Old Master paintings from the 2012 bequest of Dr. Roy and Jeanne Neville. Another welcome gift, an aquatint etching by Francisco de Goya titled “El Vergonzoso (The Shamefaced One),”was made possible by David Hilton.
In the Soreng Gallery of Chinese Art hangs Lee Chun-yi’s “Autumn Sacrifice,” an exquisite album leaf in ink and color on paper, the gift of the artist in honor of Robert D. Mowry. Beside it hangs “Order (The Red Guards),” a powerful installation by Xiaoze Xie, which the JSMA is raising funds to acquire to commemorate its 80th anniversary.
Two additional Chinese-themed works are on display together in the museum’s North Upper Hallway, a dramatic sculpture by contemporary Chinese artist Ma Han given by Dennis Braddock and Janice Niemi and a playful digital print entitled “Pastilli Chairman Mao” created and gifted by Pacific Northwest artist Jim Riswold.
The new acquisitions are on view in conjunction with “Living Legacies: The JSMA @ 80,” an exhibition featuring more than 200 works on loan from more than 80 collectors. Also on view during the summer is “Light Journey: An Odyssey in Paint,” a retrospective exhibition of the contemporary Korean American artist Su Kwak.
About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public. The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, America and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries. The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association of Museums.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.
About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.
Contact: Debbie Williamson Smith, 541-346-0942, firstname.lastname@example.org
Links: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, http://jsma.uoregon.edu