Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series


Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series: Wangechi Mutu, 2016 // Photo Credit: Mario Gallucci

Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series: Wangechi Mutu, 2016 // Photo Credit: Mario Gallucci


The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to make the contemporary prints and multiples from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation accessible to qualified museums in diverse communities.  Established in 1997, the Foundation has organized over 100 exhibitions that have been held at more than 75 museums.  The Foundation also provides supplemental funding for education and outreach in conjunction with related exhibitions and publishes scholarly texts.

The Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series presents an annual curated exhibition from the dynamic and expansive collection of over 9,000 contemporary prints from the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation to the 511 Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. The series will bring an invited artist in connection to the exhibition to engage with PNCA students, faculty, and the public through lectures, studio visits, and collaborations with the Print Media department. In addition to the Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series, selections from the Collection will be lent to the PNCA Object Library to be studied by students and faculty on a regular rotating basis.

From the first day my mother, Arlene, started classes at what is now PNCA, the school has always been a big part of our family’s life. I am so pleased to be able to give back to the institution that started my passion for art. This program will allow the PNCA professors and staff to draw freely from our growing collection of 250 major local and international artists for teaching exhibitions.
— Jordan D. Schnitzer

 
 

Lifetime Achievement Award Exhibition: James Rosenquist is co-presented with the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation and the Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA in Print Media program. The 2016 SGC International Printmaking Conference, FLUX PORTLAND, is co-sponsored by PNCA’s MFA in Print Media and Printmaking programs and will take place March 30 – April 2, 2016 at The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront located at 1401 SW Naito Parkway in Portland. 

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James Rosenquist - SGC International Lifetime ACHIEVEMENT Award

James Rosenquist working on Through the Eye of the Needle to the Anvil circa 1988.  Photo by Russ Blaise 2016 James Rosenquist / Licensed by VAGA, New York. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

James Rosenquist working on Through the Eye of the Needle to the Anvil circa 1988.  Photo by Russ Blaise

2016 James Rosenquist / Licensed by VAGA, New York. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Pop Art icon James Rosenquist (born 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota) exploded onto the scene in 1960 with his vivid, large-scale paintings. Trained as a painter of billboard signs, Rosenquist abstracted familiar imagery from advertising and pop culture through alterations in scale and unusual juxtapositions. Although fragmented and overlapped, his images of spaghetti, Marilyn Monroe, hairdryers, and detergent boxes create understandable visual narratives of American culture, often with political implications.

Rosenquist contributed to the renewal of printmaking in the United States when in 1965 he and a number of other artists explored the process of lithography at Universal Limited Art Editions. Rosenquist also experimented with screen prints and etchings, but primarily produced lithographs. Over the years, Rosenquist worked with Graphicstudio, Aeropress, Gemini G.E.L., Petersburg Press, Styria Studios, Tyler Graphics, Ltd., and Derriere L’ Etoile Studio among others.

The work of James Rosenquist is represented in major private and public collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Tate Modern in London. Aside from his many gallery and museum exhibitions, Rosenquist has had more than fifteen retrospectives, with two at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2003, the Guggenheim Museum organized a retrospective that traveled to Houston, New York, Bilbao, and Wolfsburg. He received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 1988. Rosenquist has influenced an entire generation of artists and print makers.

PANEL DISCUSSION FOR JAMES ROSENQUIST

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Lifetime Achievement Award Exhibition: James Rosenquist is co-presented with the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation and the Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA in Print Media program.  Featured at The 2016 SGC International Printmaking Conference, FLUX PORTLAND, the conference keynote on Thursday, March 31 at 9am will feature special guests special guests Maurice Sanchez of Derriere L’ Etoile Studio and James Reid of Gemini G.E.L. along with Jordan Schnitzer and Mack McFarland, Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture who will discuss Rosenquist’s printmaking career.

Featured Panelists: 

  • Mack McFarland, Curator, Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Jordan Schnitzer, President, Harsch Investment Properties & the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
  • Maurice Sanchez, Professional Printer, Derriere L'Etoile Studios
  • James Reid, Master Printer, Gemini GEL

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Jordan Schnitzer - Distinguished advocate of Printmaking Award

2016 SGCI AWARDS CEREMONY - SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

It is with great pleasure that the SGC International Conference honors Jordan Schnitzer with the Distinguished Advocate of Printmaking Award. The 2016 SGCI Conference Steering Committee decided unanimously to give Jordan Schnitzer this award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in supporting every aspect of printmaking in the Northwest region. Jordan’s vision and willingness to offer access to his collections for curators building exhibitions, for research and curricular activities within academic institutions, and for the promotion of scholarship around printmaking is transformative for the field. And Jordan’s continued support of printmaking initiatives and programs continues to have a tremendous impact on the printmaking community in the region. Printmaking could not have a more committed advocate and supporter. The field is better for it. And SGC International expresses the gratitude of printmakers, scholars, curators, and print lovers everywhere through this award. Learn more about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation’s passion for sharing art. 

JORDAN D. SCHNITZER EXHIBITION AND VISITING ARTIST SERIES - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD EXHIBITION: JAMES ROSENQUIST

ARLENE AND HAROLD SCHNITZER CENTER FOR ART AND DESIGN - MARCH 22 - JUNE 4, 2016

In conjunction with the award, The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture presents Lifetime Achievement Award Exhibition: James Rosenquist, which is part of the 2016 SGC International Printmaking Conference. The exhibition will feature 30 James Rosenquist prints from several collections with the majority coming from the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation Collection. Giving an overview of Rosenquist’s works in print, the prints in the exhibition are drawn from the years 1964 through 2011 and include selections from each decade. 

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Photo credit: Mario Gallucci

Photo credit: Mario Gallucci

Wangechi Mutu is a trained sculptor and studied anthropology but first came to prominence through her collage works, which fuse a diversity of sources culled from the image gluttony of late 20th century and early 21st century life. Mutu draws from the aesthetics of traditional ritual arts, science fiction, and Afrofuturistic funkdaleia. She makes use of materials from 19th century prints, fashion magazines, scientific periodicals, pornography, and ethnographic photographs to explore the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics, and the representation of female in media. She combines her sourced materials with ink, paint, and reflective material to realize lusciously intricate full figure works and portraiture. Since the late 1990’s Mutu’s artworks have been keenly focused on the creation of surrealist characters that are hauntingly grotesque and seductive while they critique systems of power and patriarchy, both political and aesthetic.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Wangechi Mutu: The Hybrid Human, which runs from January 19 through March 12, 2016 in PNCA’s 511 Gallery. This is the inaugural exhibition in the annual Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series.


 
 

Bruce Nauman: Language Body mines the collection of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation and presents fifteen works that showcases two elemental components found in the oeuvre of Bruce Nauman, anatomy and text. Beginning in the late 1960’s Nauman has forged a sensibility in his work where he puns upon the unstable nature of language and flesh, colliding these materials into a swirl of humor and insight.

This event is co-presented by Converge 45 and the Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series.

Converge 45 is a dynamic community of Portland arts organizations, galleries, artists, art professionals, and community business partners has joined together to realize the vision of Converge 45, an annual event of arts and ideas located in Portland, OR and engaged with national and international conversations on contemporary art. For more information on Converge 45, please visit their website.

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