Upcoming Exhibition

Checkmate! Chess Sets from 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. Organized by HFMA curator Jonathan Bucci and drawn from the extensive collection of the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington— one of the finest collections of its kind in the United States—the exhibition features approximately two dozen chess sets from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas that date from the 18th through 20th centuries. 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 of 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.

The exhibition was curated from the beloved collection of over 400 chess sets at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington. Chess has a long history at Maryhill, going back to an early director, Clifford Dolph, who first curated a chess exhibition in 1957; the exhibition proved so popular with visitors that it was extended twice and the museum began collecting chess-related materials. Today Maryhill’s George E. Muehleck Jr. Gallery of International Chess Sets houses a permanent exhibition featuring sets and pieces from all corners of the world.


Related Events

 

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Members/VIP Opening Reception
Celebrating: 

  • Checkmate! Chess Sets from Maryhill Museum of Art
  • Capturing Power: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection
  • John Buck: Prints and Sculpture from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Saturday, January 25, 2020  |  6 - 8 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Members and museum invited guests only
Tickets Required

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

RSVP ONLINE BY JANUARY 20, 2020

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

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Lecture
Chess: Form, Function, and Reflection
Colleen Schafroth
Executive director of the Maryhill Museum of Art
Thursday, February 13, 2020  |  7:30 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public

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Chess Tournament
Saturday, February 29, 2020  |  Noon - 4 p.m.
Maribeth Collins Lobby, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to the public
To register for a time slot, call 503-370-6855 or email museum-art@willamette.edu
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Tuesday Gallery Talks with Museum Docents
Checkmate! Chess Sets from the Maryhill Museum of Art
Presented by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art docents on the following Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.:

  • March 31, 2020
  • April 7, 2020
  • April 14, 2020

Tours will commence in the Maribeth Collins Lobby at the museum
Free and open to the public 


Financial Support

This exhibition has been supported by general operating support grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.