University of Oregon Graduate Student Curates War Exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

EUGENE, Ore. -- (Mary 26, 2016) - The exhibition “The Face of War: Gabor Peterdi and his Contemporaries” will run from June 11 to October 9, 2016, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon Campus.


Featuring prints from Hungarian-American printmaker Gabor Peterdi (1915–2001) and three of his contemporaries: American artists Kerr Eby (1890–1946), John Sloan (1871–1951) and Joseph Pennell (1857–1926), the exhibition explores the artistic representation of the anxieties, fears, and turmoil brought on from the two World Wars.


Chyna Bounds, a graduate student in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, curated the exhibition, under the guidance of Senior Curator of Western Art Johanna G. Seasonwein. Bounds will give a curator’s talk on Friday, June 12, at 12 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.


“It was a great opportunity to curate this exhibition since war is an ever-prevalent theme, and artists are constantly reacting to it,” says Bounds. “I think the prints included in 'The Face of War’ are exemplary because as a group they really touch on all facets of war life. They detail the production of ammunition, the isolation of soldiers, the psychological and physical damages of battle, and the glorification of the military uniform.”


“The Face of War: Gabor Peterdi and his Contemporaries” features works from the collection of Elizabeth D. Moyer, Ph.D., and Michael C. Powanda, Ph.D, of the KMP Collection, as well as works in the collection of the JSMA, and is made possible with support from Drs. Moyer and Powanda.


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 and Europe as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums 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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