WSU Schnitzer Museum Announces Fall Exhibitions and Programming
Marisa Lloyd

WSU Schnitzer Museum Announces Fall Exhibitions and Programming

Washington State University

PULLMAN – The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University reopens Tuesday, Sept. 7 for the fall semester with two new exhibitions: Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar, Frome the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibition. 

In Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, we learn that American artist Alison Saar not only creates powerful sculptures—she is also a master of the art of printmaking. In both forms, she employs a personal vocabulary informed by history, race, and mythology. This exhibition features nearly 50 prints and five sculptures by the Los Angeles–based artist over the past 30 years and is on view through March 12, 2022.

Cast-off objects such as old chair backs and found ceiling tin become the foundations for etching or lithography plates. Carved wooden panels used for woodblock prints echo similar techniques established in her hewn wooden forms. In addition to printing on paper, Saar also employs a variety of used fabrics―layered, cut, sewn, and collaged―empowering the content, while resisting the flat repetitive nature of the medium.

The Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibition celebrates and showcases 20 Washington artists through Dec. 18, 2021. Each awardee received a grant of $2,500 to fund the creation of art and public awareness in response to systemic racism. The grants were made in a partnership with the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation which funded similar programs at the University of Oregon and Portland State University. 

“Now more than ever, our community needs artists to help us understand the issues of racism and white privilege,” said Jordan Schnitzer, president of The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. “I am confident that the art created from this grant program and exhibited at these museums will lead to better understanding and change in our community.”

The museum is hosting several programs in coordination with the two exhibitions. On Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 5 – 7 p.m., the museum will hold an opening reception for both exhibitions and invites the community to join museum benefactor Jordan Schnitzer, artist Alison Saar, and awardees of the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program as we celebrate.

In addition, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 2 – 3 p.m., Alison Saar will welcome visitors to Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar by providing an artist's tour of this retrospective exhibition.

Admission to the museum is always free.

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