Family Art Round-Up

Round-up your family and head on down to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for an afternoon of fun! Wander the galleries and explore the west through the artwork of Lynda Lanker. Art activities include "cowhide" paintings and wire sculpture horses. Sponsored by Gourmet Group II.



Lesley Dill, Heaven/Hell Dress, 2010. Assorted fabric.

Lesley Dill, Woman Bringing Light, cutout from Hell Hell Hell/Heaven Heaven Heaven: Encoountering Sister Gertrude Morgan and Revelation, 2010. Ink and thread on paper.


Lesley Dill's Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan

September 29, 2012 to December 09, 2012

Lesley Dill is one of the most prominent American artists working at the intersection of language and fine art. Her elegant sculptures, art installations, mixed-media photographs, and evocative performances draw from both her travels abroad and profound interests in spirituality and the world’s faith traditions. Exploring the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche, Dill invests new meaning in the human form. Paper, wire, horsehair, photography, foil, bronze, and music comprise elements through which the artist conveys the complexities of communication. The often secret, indecipherable, and bold meanings of words emerge not only from hearing their sounds, but by feeling them—language is a visceral, bodily experience. Dill challenges the viewer to confront our linguistic relationships as well as perceptions of language itself. Poetic Visions integrates two bodies of Dill’s work: wall sculptures made from metal foil and wire, including Shimmer (2005 - 2006), and five allegorical figures (2006), and Hell Hell Hell / Heaven Heaven Heaven: Encountering Sister Gertrude Morgan & Revelation (2010), an installation inspired by the New Orleans missionary and folk artist, Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980). The exhibition is organized by Barbara Matilsky, curator, Whatcom Museum, Washington.

Movin’ On: Michelle Given

July 10, 2012 to August 26, 2012

In conjunction with the JSMA's summer camp program, we present Movin’ On, an installation that depends on audience participation. Viewers must start the timer to see the old family movies, thereby committing themselves not only to thirty seconds of footage, but also to the permanent destruction of thirty precious seconds of the same film. The nostalgia traditionally associated with viewing old family films is undermined by the shredder’s jarring sound. In addition to her interactive installation, Given will work with our middle school and high school summer art series teaching alternative photo processes and mixed media design. Michelle Given is a photographer and multi-media artist living and working as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Michele Russo
Girl with Daisies, c. mid-1950s
Oil on burlap, 56 x 46

Provenance: In Honor of Arlene Schnitzer

May 12, 2012 to September 16, 2012

From the founding of the Fountain Gallery in 1961 to the present, Arlene Schnitzer has created provenance – the history and ownership of a work of art. Her impact on the way we see and appreciate the art of our time, and particularly, the artists of the Pacific Northwest is unparalleled. This exhibition, curated by Lawrence Fong, Curator of American and Regional Art, and Danielle Knapp, McCosh Fellow Curator, and featuring more than 40 major works from her collection, will tell the story of Arlene Schnitzer’s personal relationships with the artists, curators and collectors she championed and influenced. The exhibition and catalog are made possible with generous support from Arlene Schnitzer/The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, the William A. Haseltine Museum of Art Endowment Fund, and JSMA members. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lecture: Korean Contacts with Europeans in Beijing, Western Inspiration in Early Modern Korean Art

This lecture will first trace early Korean encounters with European Jesuit priests and scientists in Beijing which provided the circumstances for European inspiration in early modern Korean art. It will then demonstrate how elements of Baroque painting were integrated into various genres of Chosŏn painting.
Sponsored by Farwest Steel.


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