Point of View
October 28, 2019 – September 30, 2020
2nd Floor Landing, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
point of view \ˈpȯint\ ˈəv \ˈvyü\ noun (pl) points of view
1: a particular attitude or way of considering a matter
2: a position from which someone or something is observed
In this exhibition series, we invite members of the Willamette community to share their experience or interpretation of a work of art from the perspective of their area of expertise, study, or research. Each year we offer a new work, and a new "point of view."
In this exhibition, 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. This remarkable work of art dates back to 3300-2000 BCE and was probably excavated from the Northwest regions of China. Zhou explores the possible interpretations and religious meaning of the vessel’s abstracted form of a “frog person” or dragon, as well as the overlapping pottery cultures that are reflected in this piece.