“Diálogos,” a New, Multi-sensory Exhibition that Features Work from the Growing Collection of Latin American Art, Opens at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

EUGENE, Ore. -- (April 11, 2017) –  The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, located on the University of Oregon campus, presents the exhibition “Diálogos,” on view through October 8, 2017.  The exhibition features recent acquisitions of art from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.


Organized by Cheryl Hartup, Associate Curator of Academic Programs and Latin American Art, “Diálogos” — the Spanish word for dialogues— activates exchanges between art and artists, the viewer and the object, and the museum and the communities it serves. The exhibition features fifteen prints, photographs, kinetic sculptures, and mixed media objects by artists from Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.


“‘Diálogos' began with the conversations I saw taking place between works of art, and I installed objects in pairs and small groups to reflect these interchanges,” says Hartup. “Each label begins with a question to start an exchange with the viewer.”


The exhibition is a multi-sensory, participatory experience, and is organized around three themes: violence and oppression; psychological and physical borders; and a quest for knowledge about the self, seen through the prisms of history, culture and geography. This exhibition aims to encourage dialogue around these themes, as they are relevant to contemporary life.


On Wednesday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m., Hartup and University of Oregon graduate students Rucha Chandvankar, Brian Lane, and Victoria Lee, will discuss the exhibition.


“Students worked with me closely on all aspects of the exhibition. They conceptualized and designed two visitor response stations in the gallery, and we encourage visitor participation in the dialogue,” says Hartup. “Also, students were instrumental in writing interpretive texts that accompany each work of art in the exhibition.”


The JSMA will also host an Oregon Humanities Conversation with Manuel Padilla titled “The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon” on Wednesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. Participants will consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration, and how we might build more responsive communities. Padilla has done peace work in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, working with internally displaced people, immigrants, and refugees, and is currently implementing reconciliation workshops in refugee contexts with the Jesuit Refugee Service. This program is made possible by the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.


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. 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, Europe, and the Americas as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums—and the only academic art museum-- 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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