Past Exhibitions

November 17, 2018 to March 24, 2019
Published in Paris in 1950, Cirque was a collaboration between French modernist painter Fernand Léger and book publisher Tériade. It is one in a series of twenty-seven such projects conceived by the publisher between 1943 and 1975. Known as livres d’artiste, these finely printed, large-format books pair handwritten text with original artwork from some of the 20th century’s most prominent artists.
October 03, 2018 to February 03, 2019
Comprised of works of art created by UO student-athletes enrolled in AAD 408, as well as works from the GEO study abroad program and outreach to the Seattle Boys and Girls club, Art of the Athlete features self-portraits and collaborative pieces inspired by Jackson Pollock’s action paintings.
October 03, 2018 to February 03, 2019
Through travel as well as artistic appreciation and creation, our UO students, with little to no background in art, experienced a similar oasis in which they could artistically and historically reflect on autonomy, social construction, and power relations in their personal lives. Selections of their work will be featured in the exhibition.
September 22, 2018 to December 30, 2018
Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials features 58 works by 30 artists from 13 countries that investigate the complex material nexus that is “Plastic.” Organized around the oncept of entanglement, the exhibition explores the unique materiality of plastic, as an artistic material and symbol of Western modernity, and considers the environmental consequences of its widespread use.
September 12, 2018 to January 20, 2019
To call Matthew Picton’s sculptural works “maps,” is both accurate and a misnomer. His three-dimensional aerial cartographies are each based in a particular city and feature layers of cultural references and historical text. Each work documents and invites us to explore particular times of societal and cultural change, specific to that area of the world.
September 08, 2018 to February 17, 2019
The JSMA presents its third annual Common Seeing, Reframing the Fragments: The Best We Could Do. Works made since 2000 by such artists from the Vietnamese diaspora as Binh Danh, Dinh Q. Le, and Ann Le embody the complex sensations related to remembering and forgetting, tradition and innovation, and trying to make sense of fragments of memory and history.
August 29, 2018 to February 03, 2019
Paper Weight is Elsa Mora’s latest exhibition of painstaking works made solely of paper and glue. Mora’s 2D and 3D pieces, presented in this exhibition, are inspired by the five cognitive faculties that form the mind: consciousness, perception, thinking, judgment, and memory.
June 02, 2018 to September 02, 2018
With the appointment of Jill Hartz as executive director of the museum, nearly ten years ago, the JSMA’s collections have grown in breadth and quantity in support of its mission to serve as both a teaching museum and a cultural center for our larger community.
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 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.”
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.”
March 28, 2018 to September 09, 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.
February 28, 2018 to April 29, 2018
Discursive features work—ranging from functional to sculptural, from performance to site-specific—created by UO faculty and visiting artists who participated in the 2016 Summer Craft Forum at the UO. During this two-week event, the participants – all of whom work in craft media, such as ceramics, metalsmithing, fibers, and printmaking – occupied UO studios to make art.
February 23, 2018 to May 13, 2018
This exhibition investigates the politics of hair, racialized beauty standards, hair rituals, and the differences in expectations between men and women with regard to hair. Especially relevant in the current politically and culturally charged climate and relevant to issues of access, equity, and inclusion, Don’t Touch My Hair explores how beauty is represented within and outside one’s community.
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.

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