During the 2009 season, which runs March 15 through Nov. 15, Maryhill Museum of Art will mount a full program of special exhibitions, including: Hudson River School Sojourn (March 15 to July 8), Ansel Adams: Masterworks (July 18 to Sept. 13), The Good Life (Sept.26 to Nov. 15) and the 14th annual Outdoor Sculpture Invitational (May 16 to Oct. 4). The season will also include a new rotation of Theatre de la Mode sets.
Hudson River School Sojourn
The Hudson River School, comprising two generations of artists inspired and influenced by the awesome beauty of America's unspoiled wild areas, came to prominence during the 19th and early 20th century.
Working between 1825 and 1915, primarily in the Hudson River Valley, as well as in the Catskill, Berkshire and White Mountains, and the newly opened West, the Hudson River School firmly established the first American landscape painting tradition.
Their beautifully composed pastoral paintings are filled with dramatically lit mountains, waterfalls and old growth forests, which evoke an idealized and romantic landscape where humans and nature co-existed peacefully.
Drawn from the collection of Dr. Michel Hersen and Mrs. Victoria Hersen, Hudson River School Sojourn showcases 34 works by Hudson River School artists Jasper Francis Cropsey, Asher Brown Durand, William McDougal Hart, David Johnson, and Jervis McEntee, among others.
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational
First conceived to complement the museum's extensive collection of Rodin sculptures, Maryhill's Outdoor Sculpture Invitational has become one of the premier venues for Northwest artists who create and exhibit large-scale works.
The dramatic and rugged setting, with majestic views of the Columbia River Gorge, provides a unique environment for visitors to experience the diverse works created in the exhibition.
In 2009 the Outdoor Sculpture Invitational will feature works by Northwest sculptors Lance Carleton (Everett), Matt Cartwright (Portland), Gregory Glynn (Bainbridge Island), Tom Herrera (Mosier), Ed Humpherys (Walla Walla), Jay Moody (Portland), Francisco Salgado (Portland), Julie Speidel (Vashon), Mike Suri (Portland), Jeff Tangen (Shoreline), and David Wagner (Portland).
Ansel Adams: Masterworks
Ansel Adams is one of the few American artists to become a household name. Certainly he is the only photographer to have reached such heights of popular recognition. And for good reason. His breathtaking black and white images of pristine landscapes and natural vignettes strike a primeval chord, highlighting the essential connection between human beings and the natural world.
The 47 photographs featured in Ansel Adams: Masterworks are part of a larger group called "The Museum Set," which Adams personally selected to serve as a succinct representation of his life's work. The exhibition presents a special opportunity for the public to see photographs that the artist viewed as his best.
Included are images of Yosemite, where Adams spent many seasons living and working as a youth, National Parks throughout the American West, as well as photographs captured in New Mexico, the Great Smokey Mountains, New York City, Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks was organized by the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California. Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, Calif.
The Good Life: From the Collections of Maryhill Museum of Art
During Pacific Northwest summers, winter rain becomes a distant memory, fading away as we take time to enjoy friends, family and the outdoors. It's this sentiment that is at the heart of the exhibition The Good Life, which features approximately 30 paintings, drawings and prints drawn from Maryhill's permanent collections.
Created between 1850 and 1950 by American and European artists, these works celebrate life in all of its impulsive, joyful and nostalgia-infused glory. The Good Life is divided into three sections: gatherings where family and friends are depicted dancing, playing music together, sewing, socializing and enjoying each other's company; still life paintings, created not only for the sake of painting, but to celebrate abundance; and, people in the landscape, relishing nature and relaxing out of doors.
Theatre de la Mode
Maryhill's Theatre de la Mode, which features small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France, will feature a new rotation for the 2009 season.
On view will be Jean Cocteau's Ma Femme est une Sorciere (My Wife is a Witch), A Tribute to Rene Clair and Jean Saint-Martin's Croquis de Paris (Paris Sketch), both originally created in 1945 and re-created in 1990 by Anne Surgers.
Also on view is Scene du Rue (Street Scene) created by Anne Surgers in 1990 as a replacement for Georges Wakhevitch's set The Port of Nowhere, 1945.