2007-2008 Exhibitions

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When 6 Was 9: Rock Posters from San Francisco

May 26 – September 16, 2007

When 6 WAS 9: Rock Posters from San Francisco, 1966-71 will feature a wide range of posters from the collection of Gary Westfjord of Salem, Oregon. Used to promote rock concerts at the Fillmore Auditorium and Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco during the late 1960s and early 70s, these posters are remarkable for their strong design, psychedelic colors, and powerful imagery.


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Ken Butler: Hybrid Visions

June 9 – September 30, 2007

Ken Butler is a highly regarded mixed media artist who creates inventive and humorous hybrid instruments from found objects, including film-reel guitars, cowboy boot violins, axe cellos, Styrofoam-packaging pianos, and related artworks. Organized in collaboration with The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, the exhibition features approximately 60 works on loan from the artist, who was raised in Portland but has lived in New York for the past 25 years.


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Amanda Snyder: Structures


October 13 – November 25, 2007

The Oregon artist Amanda Snyder (1894-1980) is well known for her paintings and prints of birds and clowns, but her renderings of architectural structures are less frequently seen. The exhibition presents a selection of Snyder's paintings of houses, farms, boathouses, and other structure-like formations, such as her still life study of C.S. Price's paint cans in the collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.


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Women's Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and
 his family foundation

October 27, 2007 – January 20, 2008

Women's Work featured the work of contemporary women printmakers from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation. Included in the exhibition were prints by a number of contemporary women artists, including Anni Albers, Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois, Suzanne Caporael, Fay Jones, and Kara Walker, among others. A wide variety of themes were explored, including abstraction, humor and satire, politics, race and gender, and the environment.


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Don Bailey: Spider and the Bureau, The Blanket Series

December 1, 2007 – January 13, 2008

Don Bailey (Hupa) is a highly regarded painter and much beloved art teacher at the Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon. The exhibition presents a series of new work that reframes the complex legacy that formal and informal institutions have had on Native American life


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Yoruba Sculpture: Selections from the Mary Johnston Collection

January 19 – March 16, 2008

Yoruba Sculpture: Selections from the Mary Johnston Collection features a range of ritual objects found among the Yoruba people of West Africa, including masks worn in various rituals, cult figures in bronze and wood, drums used in different ceremonies, beaded objects and garments, and house posts and architectural elements designed to bring favor on the household.


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James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint

February 2 – March 30, 2008

Jim Lavadour (Walla Walla) is a nationally recognized Oregon artist who is well known for his exploration of landscape as both inspiration and subject. Since 2000, Lavadour has focused intensely on the properties of paint, creating works that he describes as "intersections" between his better-known landscapes and his lesser-known abstract architectural structures. The exhibition examines the conceptual layers underlying Lavadour's work of the past 8 years.


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Piranesi: Views of Rome


March 22 – May 18, 2008

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) was an Italian etcher and archaeologist who, from 1748 to 1774, created his famous Views of Rome, a series of prints that depicted the eternal city's majestic ruins and that served for generations as the standard representations of Roman grandeur. The exhibition will include a range of prints drawn from regional collections, including Piranesi's Arch of Titus in the collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.


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Senior Art Majors

April 12 – May 11, 2008

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. In addition, the exhibition features senior theses in art history.


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Andries Fourie: Recent Work

April 12 – May 11, 2008

Andries Fourie is the newest member of the art faculty at Willamette University. Born and raised in South Africa and educated in California as a painter and sculptor, Fourie's work addresses the horrors of war and the tragedy of apartheid. The exhibition will feature a range of work from the past few years.