Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art announces 2013-14 Exhibition Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. -- (July 30, 2013) – From photography to contemporary art, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus announces an exciting line-up of exhibitions for the 2013-14 season.


“By Way of These Eyes: The Hyland Collection of Photography” on view September 28 – December 31, 2013, opens the new season of exhibitions. “By Way of These Eyes” presents more than 100 photographs drawn from the collection of Christopher Hyland, an internationally renowned textile designer and publisher of the iPad magazine HYLAND.” This exhibition features works by noted American and European photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Shelby Lee Adams, Horst P. Horst, Kenro Izu, André Kertész, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Brian Oglesbee, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, John Szarkowski, and Edward Weston. 


Also part of the exhibition is “Transformation Aura” by Asher Young. Commissioned by Hyland to accompany “The Transformation Series,” this audio-visual installation elaborates on the essence and transformational message of the photography in the series.


“By Way of These Eyes” opens with a free public reception on Friday, September 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Christopher Hyland leads a tour of the exhibition on Saturday, September 28, at 2 p.m.


 “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power” a touring exhibition organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and curated by Jessi DiTillio, JSMA Assistant Curator, is on view January 25 - April 8, 2014, following its premiere at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, in fall 2013.


Kara Walker is one of the most renowned contemporary African American artists today; she is known for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender, and sexuality and the media she uses to create her artwork. Though mainly celebrated for her provocative installations, composed of cut-paper silhouettes, Walker’s work in other media is equally strong and expands on the many powerful themes and questions of her practice. Drawn from the collections of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, the exhibition will focus on printmaking and a range of subject matter historical narrative, artistic media and technique, and the complexities and ambiguities of racial and historical representation.


“Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power” opens with a free public reception on Friday, January 24, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m.


The academic year concludes with the major exhibition “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection,” on view April 26 – September 7, 2014.


This exhibition, drawn from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection, features major works by international contemporary artists, all of whom explore creative interpretations of the human figure.  Ranging in scale and media, these whimsical, provocative, beautiful, and unusual pieces include works by John Baldessari, Radcliffe Bailey, Chuck Close, Lalla Essaydi, Nan Golden, Dinh Q. Lê, Roy Lichtenstein, Hung Liu, Elizabeth Peyton, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.  Created over the past twenty years, the RBC collection is regularly displayed at the firm's headquarters in Minneapolis; because of its continued growth, now numbering more than 400 pieces, selection of the collection are able to be shared with the public through the company’s touring program.

Whether a striking realistic portrait or a figural study of the human body, the works in the exhibition probe the depths of the individual psyche, while offering an intimate investigation of the human condition.


Don McNeil, curator of the collection and exhibition, notes that RBC features the human figure in its art collection because it believes that the age-old need to understand the human condition is still vital and that the human form remains its most direct manifestation. “The earliest known drawings and sculptures depicted human and animal figures. These artistic expressions centered on matters most important to early man - success in the hunt and fertility. As society evolved, the human figure maintained its importance in artistic endeavors and is the major focal point in artistic expression to this day."


“The Human Touch,” opens with a free public reception on Friday, April 25, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m.


In addition to the exhibitions on view in the JSMA’s Barker Gallery, several smaller exhibitions are planned throughout the year.


“Korda and the Revolutionary Image,” an exhibition featuring nineteen photographs by Alberto Korda, drawn from a private collection, of such historical figures as Fidel Castro, Raúl Corrales, Che Guevara, Pablo Neruda, and Jean Paul Sartre will be on view in the Focus Gallery from August 13, 2013 to January 26, 2014.


Opening August 20, 2013, in the McKenzie Gallery, “Ave Maria: Marian Devotional Works from Eastern and Western Christendom” explores representations of the Virgin and iconic scenes from her life.


The JSMA’s “Art of the Athlete II” returns to our Education Corridor Galleries this fall. This collaboration with the John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes and the UO Department of Arts and Administration, features work created by UO student athletes from a variety of sports: football, soccer, men’s and women’s golf, track and field, cheerleading, men’s and women’s basketball. On view August 31, 2013 – February 9, 2014, the exhibition opens with a special reception on Wednesday, October 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Shanghai artist Song Tao’s three-part video “Song Tao, From Last Century,” 2004-6, humorously and poetically engages the dynamic cityscape of Shanghai, China’s largest metropolis. The artist and his cast transform public wastebaskets, crowded bus stops, wide boulevards, and sprawling high rises into spaces of play and personal reflection. This 34 minute film piece is on view in the Artist Project Space September 28 – December 1, 2013.


In the winter, the Schnitzer Gallery displays “We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live,” an exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art and toured by the Ford Family Foundation. On view January 18 - March 16, 2014, “We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live” presents the work of Hallie Ford Fellows:  Daniel Duford (2010), David Eckard (2010), and Heidi Schwegler (2010); Sang-ah Choi (2011), Bruce Conkle (2011), and Stephen Hayes (2011); Ellen Lesperance (2012), Akihiko Miyoshi (2012), and Michelle Ross (2012); and Mike Bray (2013), Cynthia Lahti (2013), and D.E. May (2013).


A full schedule of upcoming exhibitions can be found at:


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, Europe and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in the state of Oregon—and the only university museum--accredited by the American Alliance 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.


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