Schneider Museum of Art Spring Exhibitions

Sang-ah Choi, About beautiful painting and painting beautifully_ landscape #5, 2015, Acrylic, pen, molding paste, masking tape, glitter, sticker and resin on wood panel, 19.5” x 8.5” x ½”

Sang-ah Choi, About beautiful painting and painting beautifully_ landscape #5, 2015, Acrylic, pen, molding paste, masking tape, glitter, sticker and resin on wood panel, 19.5” x 8.5” x ½”

The Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) is presenting four thought-provoking exhibitions that include installations by Marlene Alt and Garrick Imatani created in response to the “site” of the landscape, history, and culture of the Rogue Valley, as well as work by Sang-ah Choi produced during her month-long artist residency at Southern Oregon University.  The Museum is also featuring activist artist Sister Corita Kent’s vibrant silkscreens made from the 1950’s through 70’s. The exhibitions are on view from April 3 through June 13, 2015.

The Museum’s Main and Treehaven galleries feature Southern Oregon Site Project installations by Garrick Imatani and Marlene Alt. This project, funded in part by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, is designed to support the development and presentation of new art by Oregon artists.

Garrick Imatani’s installation reflects his interest in the history of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a 1930’s government program employing millions of people, including many artists, during and after the Depression. Imatani is working with the imagery of Diego Rivera’s mural, The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City, which is in the San Francisco Art Institute. Rivera’s work had a direct impact on the WPA movement, as did the WPA on the development of Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Imatani reimagines Rivera’s trompe l’oeil style and depictions of workers through a large-scale installation that functions as a stage set, complete with 3-dimensional stairs, scaffolding, and plywood cutouts for figures to occupy.  Garrick Imatani will give an Artist Talk on Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 PM, in the Meese Auditorium, at the Center for the Visual Arts, on the Southern Oregon University campus.

Marlene Alt’s installation entitled, Silent Movies, comprised of a video projection and empty cast wax picture frames, suggest sites of memory.  Alt’s installation reflects her interest “in the psychological landscape, in juxtaposing historical perspectives on the American landscape with visceral, lived experiences in the landscape.” Alt states that her “work in sculpture and installation focuses on landscape as place, as body, as memory, and as object.”

Showing in the Museum’s Heiter Gallery is humming in the ubiquitous beauty, an exhibition of new works by Sang-ah Choi.  Many of the works were made during Choi’s month-long artist residency at the Center for the Visual Arts, SOU, which was funded in part by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg. The show includes colorful and dynamic paintings, ceramic objects and an artist’s book. Sang-ah Choi will give an Artist Talk on Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 PM, in the Meese Auditorium, in the Art Building.

In the Museum’s Entry Gallery, Selections from the Permanent Collection: Sister Corita Kent features the artist’s bold graphic works’ including twenty-three prints representing letters of Kent’s universal alphabet of peace, the Signal Code Alphabet, from the Museum’s permanent collection.  The show presents fifteen serigraphs on loan from the Corita Art Center and the Portland Art Museum in order to complete the alphabet and show a range of her prints. Works from the 1960’s include images of the Vietnam War, Bobby Kennedy, the Berrigan Brothers and other cultural icons paired with quotations from William Sloane Coffin, Lorraine Hansberry, and Walt Whitman. Kent’s prints offer a unique opportunity to engage with the tumultuous 1960’s.

While the spring exhibitions are on view, the Schneider Museum of Art will present a workshop and a performance piece by the Portland-based Physical Education (PE), comprised of dance and performance artists keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Lucy Lee Yim and Takahiro Yamamoto. Physical Education’s performance on Sunday May 10 at 8:00 PM will take place in, and collaborate with, Garrick Imatani’s Southern Oregon Site Project installation. The goal of the Movement workshop with PE, to be held Saturday, May 9 at 12:00 PM, is to inspire a critical dialogue that acknowledges and scrutinizes the perceived illegibility and messiness of the performing body.  PE’s vision is to offer performance audiences, artists of all mediums, and curious individuals immersive modes through which to engage with dance and performance.

Two FREE Family Days accompanying the spring exhibitions are scheduled for Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, May 23, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Museum will also hold Tuesday Tours – weekly docent-led educational tours for the public on Tuesdays at noon. Please call to schedule a special tour for your group.

Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Schneider Museum of Art’s spring exhibitions are generously supported by Platt Anderson Cellars, Market of Choice, Rogue Frameworks, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts – Artworks program.