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Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (American, 1899-1968), Photographer and Model, 1950s. Gelatin silver print, 7 x 9 inches. Gift of Ellen and Alan Newberg; 2016:17.34

Weegee: Selections from the Collection

March 28, 2018 to July 01, 2018

Drawing from the major gift of eighty-five photographs by Weegee (Arthur Fellig), given to the JSMA in 2016 by Ellen and Alan Newberg, this thematic exhibition will present a selection of black-and-white photographic prints. Born in Austria in 1889, Weegee emigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1909. Working in New York as a freelance newspaper photographer, he specialized in recording the crime and violence that took place in the Lower East Side during the 1930s and ’40s. This exhibition examines images from this period, as well as those from later in his career when, as his fame grew, Weegee began to experiment with photographic manipulation. The exhibition is curated by Lucy Miller, a graduate student in the History of Art and Architecture, under the guidance of Danielle Knapp, McCosh Associate Curator.

Morris Graves (American, 1910-2001). Chinese Bronze I, ca. 1945-47.
Watercolor and gouache on paper, 42 3/4 x 24 7/8 inches. Graves at Oregon
Collection, 1968:6.7.

Morris Graves: Layers of Time

January 18, 2018 to March 18, 2018

In recognition of the importance of Morris Graves’s work and home to Keith Achepohl, we asked Achepohl if he would curate a companion exhibition. This selection, from more than 500 drawings by Graves (American, 1910-2001) in our collection, celebrates Graves’s symbolic and highly personal use of vessel imagery over the course of his life.

TSUKIOKA Yoshitoshi, Yaoya Oshichi in Pine, Bamboo and Plum: the Framed Painting at Yushima (Shôchikubai Yushima no kakegaku)
Meiji period (1868-1912), 1885
Ukiyo-e woodblock-printed vertical ôban [vertical] diptych; ink, color and embossing on paper
Loan from the Lee & Mary Jean Michels Collection
LMM.0554a,b

Long Nineteenth Century in Japanese Woodblock Prints

November 18, 2017 to July 01, 2018

The nineteenth century was a turning point in Japanese history, commonly associated with the transition from pre-modern feudal society of the Edo period (1615-1868) to the Western-style modernity of the Meiji Era (1868-1912). In the past, 1868 was considered to be a rupture, an overnight departure from the Japanese/East Asian way of life in all aspects of culture and society, after the forcible opening of Japan by the American Commodore Matthew Perry’s “Black Ships” a decade earlier. However, recent studies have shown that the cultural shift from Edo to Meiji was more gradual.

Featuring more than fifty superlative works from the distinguished private collection of Dr. Lee and Mary Jean Michels, the exhibition explores this transitional moment in Japanese history through woodblock prints. The works on view were selected, researched, and presented by seventeen students who participated in a Spring 2017 seminar co-taught by Akiko Walley, Maude I. Kerns Associate Professor of Japanese Art in the Department of History of Art & Architecture, and Anne Rose Kitagawa, JSMA’s  chief curator and curator of Asian art.  Synthesizing the approaches of art history and museum studies, the class learned about the history of Japanese prints, collecting, and exhibition planning and design. With generous support from the Michels, students were able to examine, research, and discuss the prints and help to conceptualize the exhibition, which incorporates information from their final presentations and papers.

For many years, Dr. Michels has generously shared his knowledge about and passion for Japanese woodblock prints with students, colleagues, and the wider community. We are proud that our students have been able to reciprocate his kindness and show their gratitude by helping to organize this presentation. The installation has also benefitted from a JSMA Academic Support Grant.

Befriending the Body

What if you treated your body as you would a dear friend? What would you hear if you deeply listened to what your body has to say? Wherever you are on your journey, poetry offers you a pathway to the wide field of your imagination and the healing power of imagery. In a safe and supportive environment, our images are like medicine: word tinctures heal our wounds and open our hearts.

The Baroque Science of Color

Color and dyes offered a central showcase for Baroque science. Naturalists of the period delighted in reaching across disciplinary bounds, and color research beautifully united the study of matter, optics, art, and antiquity. Color research also aided the theatricality of period science, when spectacular demonstrations and bedazzling gifts served as central currency between scholars and patrons.

Art of the Athlete VI

September 02, 2017 to February 04, 2018

Comprised of works of art created by 25 UO student-athletes enrolled in AAD 408: Art of the Athlete during summer term 2017, our sixth exhibition in this series features self-portraits and collaborative pieces inspired by Jackson Pollock’s action paintings. The works also address themes of representation and peace, including the role of unity and coming together as a nation after a heated year of political issues and violence. The following students have works of art in the exhibition: Gary Baker, football; Erin Boley, women’s basketball; Jacob Capra, football; Darren Carrington II, football; Tyrell Crosby, football; Jordyn Fox Shaw, acrobatics and tumbling; Royce Freeman, football; Billy Gibson, football; Jalen Jelks, football; Dylan Kane, football; Sean Kilpatrick, football; Fotu Leiato, football; Malik Lovette, football; Rex Manu, football; Jonah Moi, football; Dexter Myers, football; Scott Pagano, football; Sam Poutasi, football; Jordon “Mac” Scott, football; Keith Simms, football; Keith Smith, men’s basketball; Adam Stack, football; Jalontae Walker, football, and La’Mar Winston Jr., football. Art of the Athlete VI is made possible with support from the Cheryl and Allyn Ford Educational Outreach Endowment.

Members’ Season Preview Party & Gertrude Bass Warner Award Presentation

Please join JSMA Executive Director Jill Hartz and members of the JSMA Leadership Council for the annual JSMA Members’ Preview Party!

Enjoy an insider’s look at our upcoming season, recent acquisitions, and exciting upcoming events. Join us as we award and honor Margo Grant Walsh, the Gertrude Bass Warner Award recipient of 2017, and as we celebrate everything that members make happen at the JSMA!

Following the Season Preview, join Chief Curator Anne Rose Kitagawa for a tour of Graphic Ideology: Cultural Revolution Propaganda from China.

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