New for the Wall, the Museum’s evening to grow the collection, has resulted in the acquisition of seven works of art—three on the evening of the Oct. 1 event, and four since then. Following lively presentations by the seven curators at 2014 New for the Wall, the guests voted. In the first round, Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture Likunt Daniel Ailin (The World Stage: Israel), the selection of Bruce Guenther, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, was chosen for acquisition. The second round was close, but the Katsusaka Jōmon Deep Pot, presented by Maribeth Graybill, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, was selected by a single-vote margin.
At the end of the event, several guests stepped forward with the funds to purchase the Abelardo Morell photograph Manhattan View Looking South in Large Room, the selection of Julia Dolan, The Minor White Curator of Photography. Thanks to their generosity, this stunning photograph will become a part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
UPDATE: Thanks to the generosity of donors, four more works have been secured for the Museum collections: the Native American works Tribute Panel and Tribute Chest by David Boxley and his sons; and the two European paintings, The Village Party and The Game of Bowls by Pieter Angillis.
Learn more about the New for the Wall event and the curators’ choices.
Bruce Guenther Announces Retirement
The Museum today announced the retirement of Bruce Guenther, chief curator and The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. His last day will be October 20.
“It has been an honor to have worked with Bruce," said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director. "As chief curator, he has played a critical role in helping define not only our modern and contemporary program, but also our larger curatorial vision and aspirations. His years of experience, knowledge, and deep commitment have left an indelible imprint upon our institution and community. Bruce will be missed."
Read the full announcement here (PDF).
Museum Receives IMLS Grant
The Museum received a $148,306 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create a new exhibition and education space for Native American art and culture. The center will be named for the Chinook Wawa (jargon) word for “welcome,” and the Klahowya Gallery and programs will become a resource for fostering deeper understanding of Native American art and artists in the contemporary world.
Finalists announced for 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards
The Museum is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. The awards exhibition celebrates contemporary art created in the greater Northwest—Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Funded in part by The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for Northwest Art, the exhibition will open at the Museum in the fall of 2015. Learn more and see the list of finalists [PDF].