After being closed for just over five months, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art reopened its doors on Thursday, Aug. 20, with new exhibitions, hours of operation and safety measures.
Director John Olbrantz says, “We are excited to welcome you back to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. While we will look very different as we move forward in this era of COVID-19, we look forward to sharing our permanent collection and special exhibitions with you in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.”
Working with recommendations outlined by the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as Willamette University, the museum has introduced modifications and new visitor guidelines to promote the safety of visitors, the Willamette University community and staff. New hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. With federal and state guidelines constantly evolving, the museum recommends visiting willamette.edu/go/hfma for the most recent information and visitor guidelines.
The reopening features three new exhibitions. “Clifford Gleason: The Promise of Paint” represents the first major retrospective of this talented and under-recognized Oregon artist and traces his career from the 1930s to the last months of his difficult life in 1978. “Bonnie Hull: Memory as Myth” features mixed media work spanning 50 years by this Salem, Oregon artist who explores how memories intertwine with art. “Brenda P and Prints from the Permanent Collection” is a small exhibition that highlights the museum’s works by prominent 20th-century Black artists in combination with a spectacular loan of Barkley Hendricks’ powerful “Brenda P.” This loan has been made possible through the Art Bridges foundation which lends outstanding examples of American art to museums across the country.
In addition, a reinstallation of the Carl Hall Gallery, organized by Jonathan Bucci, curator of collections and exhibitions and Elizabeth Garrison, curator of education, showcases new and never before seen works of art. This reinstallation provides the museum with an opportunity to share art that captures the rich and varied expressions that have taken place during the past century, which has been marked by rapid changes in the art world, the Northwest, and its landscape. The gallery is named for Carl Hall (1922–1996), who taught at Willamette University for nearly 40 years and painted a luminous record of his response to the region.