Past Exhibition

Jim Riswold: Undignified

June 2 – August 26, 2018

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

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Jim Riswold (American, born 1957) is a highly regarded Portland, Oregon photographer and former creative director at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland. Born and raised in Seattle, Riswold studied at the University of Washington, where he received BA degrees in communications, philosophy, and history. In 1984 he joined the advertising firm of Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, and during his 20 plus years there, was responsible for legendary advertising campaigns for Nike featuring Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Bo Jackson, and Tiger Woods, among others.

In 2000 Riswold was diagnosed with leukemia, and after surviving the disease for five years, left Wieden+Kennedy to become a full-time artist, creating staged photographs and other mixed media works that poke fun at taboo figures such as Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Mao Zedong, General George Custer, Vladimir Lenin, and Kim Jong Un, among others. Over the past decade, Riswold has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the region and his photographs can be found in the collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, among many others. 

Please note, this exhibition contains mature themes and strong language and may not be suitable for all visitors. 


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Jim Riswold's book is available at the museum
$19.95

Bullies and evil people, be it Hitler or a
deadly disease (cancer), don’t mind being called
evil or bad, but they don’t like being laughed at.

- Jim Riswold

Related Events

Lecture
Jim Riswold: Undignified
Presented by Jim Riswold
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public

Museum Members Opening Reception
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Museum Members and VIP Museum Invited Guests: complimentary

New Members: are welcome to join at the event or online

RSVP Online 
Or by phone at 503-370-6855 or by email at museum-art@willamette.edu

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Tuesday Gallery Talk
Jim Riswold: Undignified
June 12, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Jim Riswold
Tours will commence in the Maribeth Collins Lobby
Free and open to the public

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Tuesday Gallery Talk
Jim Riswold: Undignified
July 10, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Jim Riswold
Tours will commence in the Maribeth Collins Lobby
Free and open to the public

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Tuesday Gallery Talk
Jim Riswold: Undignified
August 14, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Jim Riswold
Tours will commence in the Maribeth Collins Lobby
Free and open to the public


Financial Support

Financial support for the exhibition was provided by general operating support grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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