Past Exhibitions

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 22, 2018 to August 25, 2019
Diego Rivera’s 1931 painting La ofrenda (The Offering) and Rufino Tamayo’s 1942 painting Perro aullando a la luna (Dog Howling at the Moon) are masterworks the artists made during periods of great professional and critical success in the United States.
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.
August 18, 2018 to October 06, 2019
This installation introduces the history and performance of Nō theater using selected prints by TSUKIOKA Kōgyo (1869-1927) recently donated to the museum by Elizabeth Moyer and Michael Powanda. Established in the fourteenth century, Nō (sometimes spelled Noh) is one of Japan’s oldest and most revered theatrical forms.
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 19, 2018 to June 17, 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.
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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