June Offerings at the Schneider Museum of Art

Spring Exhibitions on View through Saturday, June 6

Currently on view at The Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) are four thought-provoking exhibitions.  The shows 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 also features the vibrant silkscreens of Sister Corita Kent, an activist artist who utilized images from popular culture in her prints. The exhibitions are on view through Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Chuck Close Exhibition Opens Thursday, June 18

Chuck Close: Face Forward – from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, will be on view from Friday, June 19 through Saturday, September 5. There will be a public opening reception on Thursday, June 18, from 5 to 7 PM.

Chuck Close, one of the most influential artists of our time, earned his reputation by continuously reinventing portraiture.  He developed his signature style in the late 1960s when he painted his first self-portrait enlarged to a monumental scale.  Since then, he has explored various methods and techniques for depicting the human face.  Never content to remain within a predictable style or technique, he has always rethought the nature of representation by devising bold new ways of rendering his subjects.

His zeal for experimentation led him to make his first print in 1972.  Since that time, he has rigorously explored a full array of different printmaking mediums.  Prints have become a key part of his creative process.  Close once said: “Virtually everything that has happened in my unique work can be traced back to the prints.”  This exhibition features over 70 prints offering a rich survey of his involvement with printmaking, ranging from traditional techniques (etchings, engravings, woodcuts, and lithographs) to more unusual materials (tapestry and handmade paper pulp).

“It gives me great pleasure to bring this exhibition of portraits by Chuck Close to Southern California,” said Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.   “The artist’s obsession with the human face touches upon our very humanity and captures a key element of Los Angeles culture.  I would like to compliment Portland collector Jordan Schnitzer for his tireless commitment to the visual arts and for his willingness to generously share his art with our city.”

Close typically begins with a gridded photograph of a person he knows intimately.  This exhibition features works depicting close friends such as the contemporary composer Phillip Glass, family members, and fellow artists such as Alex Katz, John Chamberlain, and Lucas Samaras, as well as his ubiquitous self-portraits.  He renders his subjects using a variety of approaches that range from precise photorealism to free-form expressionism.  His desire to push his medium to its limits results in boldly dynamic and unforgettable images that make Chuck Close one of America’s most important living artists.

Collector Jordan D. Schnitzer said: “Chuck Close is the master portrait artist of our time. For tens of thousands of years artists have drawn faces, but no one has taken the art of portraiture to the same level as Chuck Close. He is a brilliant artist. His portraits within portraits are a mirror of not only his subjects, but of all of us.”