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Hallie Ford Museum of Art: Current Exhibitions

Manuel Izquierdo: Maquettes, Small Sculptures and Works on Paper 

Study Gallery and the Print Study Center | Nov. 17, 2012 - Feb. 10, 2013

In January, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art will present a major retrospective exhibition, Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature, and Renewal. This exhibition will explore the life and career of Portland artist Izquierdo, who left a legacy of fantastic sculptures that ranged from mythological figures to forms that melded the world of plants and animals. Paving the way to this major exhibition, two small companion exhibitions will open Nov. 17 and will explore different aspects of Izquierdo’s artistic career. Manuel Izquierdo: Maquettes and Small Sculptures will feature a number of models and small sculptures that served as improvisational pieces or formed the basis for larger commissioned works. Manuel Izquierdo: Works on Paper will present a range of Izquierdo’s woodcut prints created between the late 1940s and the early 2000s. 

Organized by Professor Emeritus Roger Hull, the exhibition explores Izquierdo’s works from the past 60 years and draws from public and private collection throughout the region. A full-color monograph, Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature, and Renewal, by Professor Hull will accompany the exhibition. To pre-order call 503-370-6855.


Michael C. Spafford: Hercules and Other Greek Legends 

Study Gallery and Print Study Center | Feb. 23 – Apr. 29, 2013 

Michael C. Spafford is a well noted Seattle painter, printmaker and professor emeritus from the University of Washington who focuses on Greek mythology in his work. This exhibition of Spafford’s woodcuts has been organized by Hallie Ford Museum of Art Faculty Curator and Art History Professor Ann M. Nicgorski. The exhibition features a range of woodcut prints created by the artist during the past 30 years and includes his 12 Labors of Hercules, as well as other popular Greek legends and myths. 

WU Theatre

Two productions are coming up in the spring semester:

ImgBrightly Dawning Day: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in Oregon

Feb. 15 - 23, 2013

The battle for women's voting rights in Oregon was hard-fought and hard-won, taking place in parlors, public squares and print media. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Oregon, WU Theatre is collaborating with the English department to present a group-created original theatrical performance honoring this important milestone.  


ImgMeasure for Measure by William Shakespeare

April 12 - 27, 2013

When Duke Vincentio must go away on business, corrupt judge Angelo takes control of Vienna. He condemns a lover to death, refuses his own marriage, and lusts after a young nun-to-be. His evil plots are foiled, however, and true justice is returned to Vienna, as wedding bells begin to chime. "Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure; Like doth quit like, and Measure still for Measure."  



On Feb. 9, the music department will welcome New York City-based saxophonist/composer Hashem Assadullahi to Willamette for an evening of original jazz that straddles that fine line between bubblegum pop, hard bop, and the avant-garde.

Hashem's band for the evening, the Hashem Assadullahi Sextet, is currently on a short tour of the Pacific Northwest in support of their latest release, Pieces, featuring Ron Miles, released later this month on OA2 Records of Seattle. Three Willamette faculty members are featured members of the band, including Tyler Abbott (bass), Ryan Biesack (drums), and JamesMiley (piano/keyboards); they join fellow Pacific Northwest standouts Justin Morell (guitar) and Steve Owen (saxophone).

Opening the program will be Willamette's own JazzCollective. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Rogers Music Center. Admission at the door is $10 for the public and $5 for students or seniors (free to music majors/minors).

More about the artist:

Originally from Texas, saxophonist/composer Hashem Assadullahi is currently performing and teaching in New York City, having worked with some of the finest names in jazz, including Alan and Mark Ferber, Ben Monder, Todd Sickafoose, and Rich Perry. The Hashem Assadullahi Sextet, formed in Oregon in 2008, features the Pacific Northwest's top jazz talent and has two albums to its credit: Strange Neighbor (2010) and Pieces (2013).

In addition to his own releases, Assadullahi has had the opportunity to record with several ensembles, appearing on the albums Live at Jo Fed’s with the Poisonous Birds; The Turning Point with the Douglas Detrick Quintet; and Walking Across, Rivers Music, Awake, Awake (pending release), and The Bright and Rushing World (pending release) with the critically acclaimed and award-winning Anywhen Ensemble. He has held positions teaching music courses and directing numerous ensembles at various institutions, including Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand; Lane Community College; and the University of Oregon. Hashem frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator across the United States and abroad. He received his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Texas in Arlington and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon.

For further information, contact the Willamette University Music department at 503-370-6255 or email dtrevett@willamette.edu.