Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature, and Renewal

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Celebrating the life and career of Portland artist Manuel Izquierdo

SALEM, Ore. –  A retrospective exhibition, “Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal,” opens on Jan. 19 and continues through March 24, 2013 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

"Manuel Izquierdo was a key figure in Oregon’s golden age of modern sculpture,” says exhibition organizer Professor Emeritus Roger Hull. Throughout Izquierdo’s 60-year career, he created stunning and evocative sculptures in steel, wood, and stone, as well as exquisite prints and works on paper that were based on mythological figures as well as abstract plant and animal forms. This exhibition features over 50 sculptures accompanied by paintings, prints and photographs created during Izquierdo's career and draws from public and private collections throughout the region.

Born in Spain in 1925, Izquierdo spent his early years in Madrid. The Spanish Civil War disrupted his childhood and he immigrated to the United States with his brother and sister in 1942, living in New York for a year before moving to Portland, Oregon in 1943. Izquierdo would eventually attend the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest College of Art) in the late 1940s and early 1950s, where he studied with sculptor Frederic Littman. In time, Izquierdo would join the faculty at the Museum Art School where he influenced several generations of students and emerged as a dynamic force in the Oregon art scene.

Two small companion exhibitions opened on Nov. 17, 2012. “Manuel Izquierdo: Maquettes and Small Sculptures” provides an opportunity to see Izquierdo’s creative process and features a number of models and sculptures that served as improvisational pieces and exercises that sometimes formed the basis for larger works. This exhibition will close on Feb. 10. “Manuel Izquierdo: Works on Paper” presents a range of the artist's prints, created between the late 1940s and the early 2000s, and will be open till Feb. 17.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color monograph, “Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal,” written by Hull. The book was supported by gifts from family and friends of Izquierdo, and supporters of Northwest art.  

This exhibition has been has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

Additional activities

Lecture
Friday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall at the Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public
Professor Emeritus and Senior Faculty Curator Roger Hull will discuss the life and art of Izquierdo. The presentation will be followed by a reception at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Gallery Talks
Tuesdays between Jan. 22 and March 19 at 12:30 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to the public
Docents provide a guided tour of the exhibition each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. 

Evening for Educators
Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Education curator Elizabeth Garrison will lead a workshop for teachers that focuses on the exhibition. Admission to the workshop is free, although advance registration is required by calling (503) 370-6855 by Jan. 28.

Film and Discussion
Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to the public
Join Oregon printmaker George Johanson and Roger Hull as they discuss Izquierdo’s prints. Johanson will show his film on Oregon printmakers, which includes a segment on Izquierdo. 

Artists Discuss Manuel Izquierdo
Sunday, March 24 between 2 and 4 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to the public
An artist panel, moderated by Professor Emeritus Roger Hull, will discuss the significance and history of Oregon sculptor Manuel Izquierdo. The panel includes SW Washington sculptor James Lee Hansen, Salem sculptor and Willamette University Professor Emeritus Robert Hess, and Oregon sculptors Lee Imonen and Bill Blix.

About the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. General admission is $3 and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free and admission is free on Tuesdays.

For more information call 503-370-6855 or visit willamette.edu/arts/hfma.

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Manuel Izquierdo  

Mary Randlett, Portrait of Manuel Izquierdo, 1972, gelatin silver print, collection of the Halle Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, 2006.045.006.
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Cleopatra by Manuel Izquierdo

Manuel Izquierdo, Cleopatra, 1982, welded sheet bronze, 23 x 16 x 30 in., collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, the Bill Rhoades Collection, a gift in memory of Murna and Vay Rhoades, 2008.023.020.
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Iberian Venus by Manuel Izquierdo

Manuel Izquierdo, Iberian Venus, 1969, bronze, 22.25  x 10.5 in., collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, gift of the Estate ofManuel Izquierdo through Bill Rhoades, 2011.035.011.
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The Dreamer by Manuel Izquierdo
Manuel Izquierdo, The Dreamer, 1972, welded steel, 29 x 27 x 16.5 in., collection of Arlene and Harold Schnitzer, photo by Aaron Johanson. 
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Untitled Warrior by Manuel Izquierdo
 
Manuel Izquierdo, Untitled Warrior, 1950s, painted terra cotta, 36 in., high, Manuel Izquierdo Trust and courtesy of the Laura Russo Gallery, photo by Aaron Johanson. 
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Monument 1 by Manuel Izquierdo
Manuel Izquierdo, Monument #1, 1965, welded steel, 84 in. high, Ira Keller Auditorium, Portland, Oregon; City of Portland Public Art Collections, courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, photo by Aaron Johanson.
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Manuel Izquierdo's Studio 

Don Normark, Studio of Manuel Izquierdo, 1987, photo mosaic, 22 x 28 in., collection of Don Normark, Seattle, Washington.
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Icarus 
Manuel Izquierdo, Icarus, 1961, welded copper, 13 x 13 x 7.5 in., collection of the Estate of Manuel Izquierdo, Portland, Oregon.
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Interviews

Professor Emeritus Roger Hull: has organized this major retrospective exhibition of Manuel Izqueirdo. Hull is also the author of the full-color monograph, “Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal,” that will be available on January 19, 2013.

Additional interview opportunities with family and colleagues may be available as well upon special request. 
 
To arrange for an interview, contact Andrea Foust 503-370-6867 or at afoust@willamette.edu.

Exhibition Book

Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature, and Renewal
Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal by Roger Hull
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