Current Exhibitions

February 03, 2018 to June 18, 2018
This exhibition highlights selections from the European collection by showcasing fourteen black-and-white works by some of the leading figures in the history of photography. The works on view span the period from 1851 through 1969, from the amateur photographer and Pictorialist Eduard Loydreau’s Hangars sous la neige to the documentary realism of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s snapshot Rue Mouffetard.
December 01, 2017 to June 24, 2018
The “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” series is internationally-acclaimed artist AI Weiwei ’s reinterpretation of the twelve bronze animal heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac that once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat outside Beijing. The work will be on view in the JSMA’s North Courtyard.
March 28, 2018 to July 01, 2018
Drawing from the major gift of eighty-five photographs by Weegee (Arthur Fellig), given to the JSMA in 2016 by Ellen and Alan Newberg, this thematic exhibition will present a selection of black-and-white photographic prints.
May 09, 2018 to July 22, 2018
Solar Breath (2002) is a 62-minute loop of fluttering curtains that reveal and conceal an idyllic landscape in rural Newfoundland. The work was a result of the artist’s observations of a window of his summer cabin in Canada. Over the years, according to Snow, “a mysterious wind performance takes place in one of the windows, about an hour before sunset.”
November 18, 2017 to July 29, 2018
Featuring more than fifty superlative works from the distinguished private collection of Dr. Lee and Mary Jean Michels, the exhibition explores this transitional moment in Japanese history through woodblock prints.
February 21, 2018 to August 05, 2018
Twentieth-century architect Herman Brookman (1891-1973) designed several of Oregon’s most recognizable landmark structures. Organized by and first presented at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE) in Portland in summer 2017, this exhibition of forty drawings focuses on one of Brookman’s masterpieces, Temple Beth Israel in Portland.
April 25, 2018 to August 05, 2018
This unusual exhibition is a striking example of the museum as medium. Rodrigo Valenzuela’s new landscape portraits, his selection of works from the JSMA's collection, and his unconventional manner of displaying these objects, ask us to think about the various possibilities of putting work (labor and art) “in its place.”
May 18, 2018 to August 19, 2018
The JSMA will exhibit eight works by Glenn Brown, selected by new and longtime masterworks collectors. Distinctive in Britain’s contemporary art market, Brown revives the art historical past through delicate acts of appropriation that build upon the legacy of Renaissance and Romantic masters. Seven of the works exemplify the paintings and drawings that comprise the majority of Brown’s oeuvre.
May 19, 2018 to December 30, 2018
The JSMA’s Masterworks on Loan program presents exciting works by important, internationally recognized artists and artworks from around the world, borrowed from private holdings.
May 19, 2018 to April 07, 2019
JSMA founder Gertrude Bass Warner lived in China for many years, amassing a collection with special interest in art of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). She bequeathed enviable riches to the museum, among them some with fine Daoist iconography. Next to the teachings of Confucius, Daoism is one of the two indigenous philosophical traditions of China that have evolved over more than 2,000 years.