Current Exhibitions

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"Painted Pot," Neolithic Period, ca. 3300-2000 BCE, Yangshao cultural phase, ceramic with pigment, collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, gift of Sandra Eskin, 2018.020.003.

Point of View

October 28, 2019 – September 30, 2020

2nd Floor Landing, Hallie Ford Museum of Art

In this year's Point of View exhibition series, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Willamette University Xijuan Zhou explores a Neolithic Period painted pot from China that is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

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The ten-headed demon king Ravana from an ivory 20th century Indian set, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington, 1970.04.01.

Checkmate! Chess Sets from the Maryhill Museum of Art

January 7 – April 26, 2020

Study Gallery

Over the past 1000 years, the game of chess has spread across the world, crossing cultural and political boundaries. This exhibition looks at the wide range of chess sets made during the past 250 years by diverse cultures from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. While operating within a predetermined structure of the 32 game pieces, artists bring their own creativity and interpretation to each set, resulting in a wide variety themes and materials. Created with wood, glass, bone, and ivory, the sets include traditional designs, as well as abstract, non-figurative sets and narrative sets depicting mythological characters or historical figures.

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Jim Riswold, "Mussolini's Portrait," 2006, digital print, gift of the artist, collection of Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, 2006.015.003. Photo: Dale Peterson.

Capturing Power: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection

January 7 – April 26, 2020

Print Study Center

Curated from the museum’s extensive collection of regional Northwest art, this exhibition presents prints and photographs that portray representations of power and power relationships. This exhibition asks visitors to consider who is empowered and why, as well as how the artworks in the exhibition convey a sense of power – be it political, physical, or psychological.

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