Splendor and Light: Russian Art from the Collection

June 25, 2016 to March 11, 2018

This re-installation of the McKenzie gallery presents a fresh look at the JSMA’s collection of Russian art.  Gertrude Bass Warner, the founder of the University of Oregon Museum of Art, as it was then known, acquired an impressive group of Russian Orthodox icons as part of the Murray Warner Memorial Collection of Oriental Art. She continued to add to the collection after she gifted it to the University of Oregon, and other donors have augmented this legacy with additional gifts. This rotation includes highlights from the collection of icons from the 17th through 19th centuries, as well as examples of cast metal crosses and icons. Selections from a recent gift of lacquer boxes made in the 1970s and ‘80s demonstrate the connections between the sacred and secular arts.