1999-2000 Exhibitions

Petland

June 19 – August 28, 1999

Petland was the name of the Spokane pet store run by centenarian Mamie Rand. Before she died in the mid-1990s, Ms. Rand gave mixed media artist Kathryn Glowen permission to mine her personal effects and business archives to create an intimate portrait of an ordinary yet extraordinary woman and a work of art that turns one woman's life into a universal poem about living and remembering.

Featured in the Study Gallery are a series of notebooks of material owned by Mamie Rand, including sheet music, photographs, personal letters, pet store paraphenalia, postcards, US patents owned by her father, magazine articles, advertisements, and so forth. Visitors are encouraged to sit down and leaf through Mamie's notebooks at their own pace.


Perfumes and Potables

August 28 – October 30, 1999

Perfumes and Potables: Precious Pots from the Ancient Mediterranean will feature a small selection of Mycenean, Greek, and Etruscan pottery from Corinth, Athens, and South Italy. Drawn from regional collections in Oregon and Washington, these vessels feature a variety of styles and were used primarily for pouring and drinking wine, or as containers to hold precious perfumed oils. Unlike Greek sculpture and theater, this less costly art form was largely created for a private audience and thus offers a different perspective on Greek religion and society that can deepen visitor's understanding of fifth century Athens.


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Michael C. Spafford: Myths and Metaphors

September 11 – November 6, 1999

Michael C. Spafford is a Seattle painter, printmaker, and professor emeritus from the University of Washington. Since the early 1960s, Spafford has focused on themes from Greek and Roman mythology in his art. Whether he is exploring the Battle of Lapiths and Centaurs, Europa and the Bull, Twelve Labors of Hercules, or Leda and the Swan, classical mythology has provided him with a host of metaphors to examine issues of emotional and physical struggle and conflict.


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Glen Alps: Collagraphs

November 6, 1999 – January 8, 2000

Glen Alps was an internationally recognized printmaker who, at the University of Washington in 1956, developed the printmaking technique of collagraphy, which combined elements of collage with traditional printmaking processes. The exhibition will feature a range of the artist's work from the past forty years, a recent gift to Willamette University from the Glen Alps estate.


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American Works on Paper, 1945-1975

November 20, 1999 – January 15, 2000

American Works on Paper, 1945-1975 features forty-two works on paper from the collection of the Washington Art Consortium. The exhibition surveys major trends in American art from the end of World War II to the mid-1970s, including Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge Abstraction, Pop art, Op art, and Minimalism. Included in the exhibition are works by Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Agnes Martin, and Robert Ryman, among others.


Steichen, Rodin, and the Modern Nude

January 15 – March 18, 2000

As the female nude in Western art underwent an abstraction, Edward Steichen helped introduce the modern nude to American audiences in a series of photogravures published in Alfred Steiglitz' famous journal Camera Work. At the same time, he was instrumental in the publication of Auguste Rodin's abstract drawings of the nude in a subsequent issue of Camera Work. The exhibition will feature a selection of Steichen photogravures, Rodin heliographs, and related work that, for American audiences at the time, extended the limits of art.


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Jacob Lawrence: American Printmaker

January 29 – March 25, 2000

Jacob Lawrence is one of the foremost American artists of the twentieth century. Swept up in the vigorous social and cultural millieu of Harlem during the Depression, Lawrence drew upon Harlem scenes and African-American history for his subjects, portraying the lives, hopes, dreams, and aspirations of African-Americans. In recent years, he has focused on a wide range of subjects, including African-American history, builders themes, libraries, and Biblical subjects.


Don Bailey: Warm Springs Landscapes

March 25 – May 27, 2000

The soft, rounded hills of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation provide the inspiration for Don Bailey's acrylic landscapes. Bailey, who is Hupa from northwestern California, teaches art at the Chemawa Indian School in Salem and has inspired a generation of young Native American artists.


Senior Art Majors

April 8 – May 20, 2000

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, and mixed media.


Heidi Preuss Grew: Recent Work

April 8 – May 20, 2000

Heidi Preuss Grew is the newest addition to the art faculty at Willamette University. The exhibition will feature a range of ceramic sculptures and drawings that comment on the human condition.