God of Longevity (Shoulao) in Auspicious Landscape (detail). Chinese; Qing dynasty, 19th century. Polychrome silk and gold-wrapped thread tapestry weave (kesi) with selected painted details, 71 9/16 x 65 13/16 inches. Murray Warner Collection, MWCH43:1


Reflections of the Cosmic Web: Intricate Patterns in Daoist Art

May 19, 2018 to April 07, 2019

JSMA founder Gertrude Bass Warner lived in China for many years, amassing an astonishing collection with special interest in art of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). She bequeathed enviable riches to the museum, among them some with fine Daoist iconography.  Next to the teachings of Confucius, Daoism is one of the two indigenous philosophical traditions of China that have evolved over more than two thousand years. Followers of Daoism are committed to the study of nature and to the cultivation of a harmonious lifestyle that increases the flow of internal energy (qi) to attain physical health, longevity, and a non-intrusive mental comportment.  Initiate members of the Daoist clergy practice rituals of purification and renewal and celebrate offerings to deities representing cosmic principles.  This exhibition features selected textiles, paintings, prints, ceramics, jades, and other decorative objects from the Warner collection as well as a few contemporary works of art that reflect the rich naturalistic and mystical imagery associated with the concepts of Daoism.  This rotation is co-curated by UO Chinese History Professor Ina Asim and Anne Rose Kitagawa.

Schnitzer Cinema: "Wavelength" and a Skype conversation with Michael Snow

Artist Michael Snow, whose “Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)” installation is on view in the Artist’s Project Space, will discuss that work and his classic 45-minute 16 mm film from 1967, “Wavelength,” which will screen just prior to the Skype discussion. According to Snow, “I wanted to make a summation of my nervous system, religious inklings, and aesthetic ideas.

"Don’t Touch My Hair" Community Reflections

Please join us for a facilitated discussion as well as an opportunity to evaluate and narrate the impact of “Don’t Touch My Hair: Expressions of Identity and Community” (DTMH). Co-curator and graduate student, Kristen Clayton invites our on-and-off campus communities and exhibition contributors to participate in a reflective discussion about DTMH as an exhibition and the greater implications and topics addressed through the exhibition. 


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