Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Launches a New Series of Lectures on Pacific Northwest Art

Portland-based curator Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson will give the inaugural talk of the David and Anne McCosh Memorial Visiting Lecturer Series


EUGENE, Ore. -- (March 9, 2016) – Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum, will be presenting the inaugural program of the David and Anne McCosh Memorial Visiting Lecturer Series on Northwest Art on Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus.


In her talk, “The Northwest School Beyond Seattle: White Writing and Landscape in the Mid-20th Century,”  Laing-Malcolmson will explore how the Northwest School, and its leaders Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Guy Anderson influenced artists beyond the Seattle area, especially in Oregon. During the 1930s through the 1950s, the Northwest had gained national attention for being a center for Modern Art, where artists drew their influence from Asian art, Post Impressionism, Cubism, non-Christian religious philosophy, and the Northwest landscape.


”In the spirit of David and Anne McCosh, we want to provide a program that will stimulate community discussion in the trends, theories, and creative practices that shaped the artistic culture of our region,” says Danielle Knapp, JSMA’s McCosh Associate Curator. “Through annual lectures on Pacific Northwest art we will draw attention to regional artists both nationally and internationally known and those who had more localized impacts.”


Laing-Malcolmson specializes in the research, documentation, and expansion of the Portland Art Museum’s collection of Northwest art dating from the late 19th century to the present.


This lecture series is made possible by the David John and Anne Kutka McCosh Memorial Museum Endowment Fund and the support of its advisory committee, Craig Cheshire, Sandra McCosh Leonard, Robert Fraser, Hope Pressman, Roger Saydack, and the late Mark Clarke.


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, the Americas and Europe as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon 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. 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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