2005-2006 Exhibitions

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Darius Kinsey: Big Trees

May 14 – August 13, 2005

Darius Kinsey (1869-1945) was an important turn of the century Washington photographer who, with his wife Tabitha, chronicled the logging industry in Washington and Oregon. Drawn from the collection of the Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham, Washington, the exhibition includes a wide range of subjects, from giant cedars and skid roads to lumber mills and shipping ports.


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The Romantic Vision of Michael Brophy

June 4 – August 27, 2005

Michael Brophy is a highly regarded Portland landscape painter equally committed to pictorial tradition and forceful storytelling. Through works that depict the savage beauty of the altered landscapes of Oregon's rivers, forests, and mountains, he carefully engages the social and political forces reshaping the national dialogues that define environmental preservation and sustainability.


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Michael Aschenbrenner: Damaged Bones

August 20 – October 22, 2005

Michael Aschenbrenner is a California glass artist, a retired high school art teacher, and a Vietnam veteran who creates exquisite glass bone sculptures that serve as metaphors for the beauty and fragility of human life, of the artist's experiences in Vietnam, and of his coming to grips with the Vietnam War and its aftermath.


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Toi Maori: The Eternal Thread

September 23 – December 22, 2005

Organized by the Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures in Porirua City, New Zealand in partnership with Toi Maori Aotearoa - Maori Arts New Zealand, the exhibition includes superb examples of traditional as well as contemporary Maori weaving. Included in the exhibition are kakahu (high quality woven cloaks), whariki (woven floor mats), kete (finely woven baskets), and other exquisite woven pieces.


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Albert Patecky: Abstractions

October 29 – December 22, 2005

Albert Patecky (1906-94) arrived in Portland in 1928 and worked as a cartoonist and illustrator during the 1930s and early 40s. An opportunity to study at the Art Students League in New York in 1945 introduced him to cubism and abstraction, and during the decade of the 1950s, he gained an international reputation as a non-objective painter. The exhibition will focus on his experimental, abstract works.


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Tom Foolery: Miniature Environments

January 7 – March 11, 2006

Tom Foolery is a Montana mixed media artist who creates miniature environments constructed inside theater spotlights that satirize the contemporary art scene. With an eye for wicked detail and insider jokes, Foolery creates miniature tableaus that feature pretentious art collectors, struggling artists, voluptuous art models, slick art dealers, and the like.


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Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands from the
 Arthur M. Sackler Foundation

January 21 – April 1, 2006

Organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in New York, the exhibition features over 80 works that bring to life the complex cultures that flourished across the Asian grasslands from northern China and Mongolia to Central Asia and Eastern Europe during the late second and first millennia BCE. Included in the exhibition are bronze belt buckles, plaques, weapons, and other masterpieces of steppe art.


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Dean Porter: Taos Landscapes

March 18 – May 20, 2006

Dean Porter is a painter, printmaker, art historian, and director emeritus of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. For the past two decades, he has traveled to Taos, New Mexico to paint. The exhibition will feature a range of watercolors and woodcuts created over the past few years. Porter will deliver the 2006 Hogue-Sponenburgh Lecture on April 6 on "The Rise and Fall of the Taos Society of Artists."


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Senior Art Majors

April 15 – May 13, 2006

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


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Alexandra Opie: Recent Work

April 15 – May 13, 2006

Alexandra Opie is currently on the art faculty at Willamette University, where she teaches photography and video. The exhibition features a range of work from the past few years.