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Piero Dorazio (Italian, 1927-2005), Untitled, 1968, Aquatint, Gift of Steven Schacki, 1979:24.17

Piero Dorazio & the Responsive Eye

April 09, 2013 to August 18, 2013

In conjunction with the American Association of Italian Studies Conference, held in Eugene April 11–14, this special exhibition presents a series of nearly twenty experimental Op (Optical) art color aquatints and lithographs by the influential Italian artist Piero Dorazio (1927-2005). Dorazio co-founded the important group of Italian abstract artists, “Forma 1,” in 1947 and published one of the first books on international modern art to appear in Italy, La Fantasia Dell-Arte Nella Vita Moderna, in 1955.

Max Pechstein (German, 1881–1955), Ballet Dancers (recto). 1912, Oil on canvas, 19 x 21 1/2 inches, Widmer Fund Purchase. 1967:3.3

German Expressionism

February 05, 2013 to May 19, 2013

This exhibition of German Expressionist works, including prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Käthe Kollwitz, and Franz Marc, supports art history courses this winter and spring, taught by professors Sherwin Simmons and Joyce Cheng, as well as a May symposium. The exhibition also features the recently restored double-sided painting Ballet Dancers (recto)/Two Women in Lamplight (verso), which the artist Max Pechstein painted in 1912. The painting was purchased for the School of Architecture & Allied Arts in 1953 with the Widmer Art Fund, making the University of Oregon one of six American universities to own a work by Pechstein. In 1967, the work was transferred to the JSMA. Thanks to support from JSMA members through last year’s annual fund and the new Academic Support Grant program, we were able to conserve and reframe the work and borrow a number of works on paper from the Portland Art Museum that are central to our teaching mission.

Violet Ray, Spell of Chanel, 1966, collage on paper, 10 1/4” x 13 1/8”. Courtesy of the artist.

Violet Ray: Advertising the Contradictions

February 05, 2013 to April 14, 2013

In conjunction with West of Center, the JSMA presents a selection of work by local media artist Violet Ray. Ray created his unique 1960s ad collage series Advertising the Contradictions, documented in the West of Center catalog, by inserting disturbing new imagery into real advertisements to reveal the hidden meaning and subconscious values of consumer culture.

Julie Green, Indiana 05 May 2007. Pizza and birthday cake shared with 15 family and friends.

Julie Green: The Last Supper

March 01, 2013 to April 07, 2013

In conjunction with Eugene Opera’s presentation of Dead Man Walking, the JSMA invited Corvallis-based artist Julie Green to present a selection of The Last Supper, a series of some 500 porcelain painted plates that illustrate final meal requests of U.S. death row inmates and a video of final meal requests. An associate professor at Oregon State University, Green lives in the Willamette Valley with her husband, artist Clay Lohmann, and their one-eyed cat.

Emilio Sanchez (Cuban, 1921–1999). Casita al mar, 1974. Color lithograph. Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation. 2011:24.12

Building Light & Shadow: The Architecture of Emilio Sanchez

January 12, 2013 to February 24, 2013

Born in Camagüey, Cuba, in 1921, Emilio Sanchez credited the landscape of his youth with developing his life-long interest in the effects of light and shadow on color. Although his early works explored figurative themes, Sanchez began his best known series of paintings and prints highlighting houses and other types of architecture in the 1960s. In these works, Sanchez imbued the buildings he depicted with vigor, despite their simplified forms and vacant interiors. Throughout the 1970s–80s, Sanchez traveled to the Mediterranean where he furthered his formal understanding of light and color and continued to explore architectural themes. The works in this exhibition feature images of vernacular architecture from Latin America, the United States, and North Africa. We are grateful to the Emilio Sanchez Foundation for gifting these works to the museum.

Wells Fargo donates $5,000 to Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art education program to benefit teachers in three Oregon counties

EUGENE, Ore. -- (Dec. 11, 2012) – A $5,000 donation from Wells Fargo to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene will help fund a unique training program for up to thirty K-Grade 12 teachers from Lane, Linn and Benton Counties.

 

This winter, teachers will attend two professional development workshops at the JSMA focusing on the museum’s new Thinking Through Art program. The program incorporates an internationally recognized approach called Visual Thinking Strategies that uses art to teach critical thinking, communication skills and visual literacy.

 

The workshop participants will learn how to use this method of teaching with students in their classrooms. The funds will also provide follow-up coaching for the teachers.

 

The program supports the Oregon Department of Education’s curriculum standards for art, as well as for English, social studies, math and writing.

 

“We believe this could serve as a model for schools and museums across the nation that want to strengthen teacher resources and improve access to arts education,” said Jill Hartz, the museum’s executive director. “State funding for arts education in the region has virtually vanished and the need for supporting arts programs in our schools is widely recognized.”

 

“Wells Fargo believes in partnering with nonprofit agencies such as the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art that share our goal of improving our communities,” said Mike McEntee, manager of Wells Fargo’s Regional Commercial Banking Office in Eugene. “Pre-K through 12 education and the arts are two of the focus areas of our corporate giving in Oregon, so this grant aligns perfectly with our efforts.”

 

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo was named the most generous bank in Oregon and America this year. More information about Wells Fargo’s community support is posted at wellsfargo.com.

 

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 and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association 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.

 

Contact: Debbie Williamson Smith, 541-346-0942, debbiews@uoregon.edu

 

Link: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, http://jsma.uoregon.edu

Image Caption: At the JSMA’s holiday family day, Mike McEntee, manager of Wells Fargo’s Regional Commercial Banking Office in Eugene (posing with art students Lydia Ponso, John Rustik, Isaac Zachem) presents Jill Hartz, executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with a $5000 contribution.

Two documentary films celebrate women and poetry at the December Schnitzer Cinema

The film screening features a Skype interview with Women Make Movies executive director Debra Zimmerman

 

EUGENE, Ore. -- (November 29, 2012) – In honor of the 40th anniversary of film distributor Women Make Films, Schnitzer Cinema features two of their latest releases, both addressing the work of courageous poets. On Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m., Schnitzer Cinema will screen “Poetry of Resilience “ and “The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima,”as well as feature a Skype dialogue with Women Make Movies executive director Debra Zimmerman. Admission is free and includes free popcorn and soda.

 

Released in 2011, “Poetry of Resilience” is a 40 minute documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Katja Esson about six international poets who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution. The six poets present a close-up perspective on political violence, and although each story is powerful, the film’s strength comes from its collective voice: the different political conflicts, cultures, genders, ages, races become one shared human narrative.

 

“The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima,” also released in 2011, is an impressionistic documentary about the life of this renowned poet, prose writer, playwright, teacher, and revolutionary activist.. Di Prima started writing at the age of seven and committed herself to a life of poetry at age fourteen. She ultimately became known as an important writer of the Beat movement and has continued writing, publishing and teaching. She was made Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 2009. Now in her 70s, in rare intimate interviews, she talks about her life and work, looking back through more than 50 years of literary and cultural change. Much of the story is told through recorded readings of di Prima’s poetry, including a deeply moving version of “The Poetry Deal,” a reflection on her relationship with her art. Other poems featured in the film are “Rant;” “Song for Baby-O,” ”Unborn,” and “April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa.”

 

A Skype interview with Women Make Movies (WMM) executive director Debra Zimmerman completes the evening. Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies since 1983. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world, and its internationally recognized Production Assistance Program has helped hundreds of women get their films made. Films from WMM programs have won prizes at the last five Sundance Film Festivals and been nominated or won Academy Awards in five of the last six years.

 

Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization that facilitates the production, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color.

 

 “Art and Language” is the theme of the Fall 2012 Schnitzer Cinema series, complementing current exhibitions Lesley Dill’s “Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan” and “Good Grief! A Selection of Original Art from 50 Years of Charles M Schulz’s PEANUTS.”

 

Schnitzer Cinema is brought to you in partnership with Cinema Pacific and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and curated by Richard Herskowitz, director of Cinema Pacific.

 

 

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, Europe, and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is the only academic 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. 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.

 

Contact: Debbie Williamson Smith, 541-346-0942, debbiews@uoregon.edu

 

Link: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, http://jsma.uoregon.edu

            Cinema Pacific, http://cinemapacific.uoregon.edu/

 

Family Day: Artful Animals

Create animal masks, design a painting inspired by animal prints, and participate in a gallery scavenger hunt to find your favorite creatures.  A puppet performance and special furry guests from Wildlife Safari complete this day of free family fun! Start your adventure early and join us at 11 a.m. for a reception honoring the artists in the 6th Annual NewArt Northwest Kids exhibition. 

11 am-12 pm: NewArt Northwest Kids reception

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