Maryhill Museum of Art, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most remote and beguiling museums, will open its doors for the season on Friday, March 15, with special exhibitions highlighting works on paper, still life paintings and sculpture from its own collections.

The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from March 15 to Nov. 15.

The museum will present the following special exhibitions in 2019. Many of the exhibitions will be complemented by educational programs and special events.

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS IN 2019

Mélange: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection

March 15 – July 7

Mélange includes an array of more than 40 prints, drawings and watercolors drawn from Maryhill’s collection. Included are works by noted Northwest artists such as Rick Bartow, Betty LaDuke, Richard Thompson and Henk Pander. Also featured are a lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton and several prints by the French artist Marcel Augis, who trod World War I battlefields to depict the everyday lives of Allied troops. The subject matter of the works on view ranges from landscapes and nature studies to interiors, portraits, still life and abstract works.  

West Coast Woodcut: Contemporary Relief Prints by Regional Artists

July 13 – Nov. 15

Explore the natural and urban beauty, and the social worlds of the West Coast through woodcuts, linocuts and wood engravings by artists from Washington, Oregon and California. Among those featured are Oregon artists Berk Chappell, Dennis Cunningham, Erik Sandgren, Jonnel Covault, Manuel Izquierdo and Paul Gentry; Washington artist Yoshiko Yamamoto; and California artists Andrea Rich, Art Hazelwood, Daniel Gonzalez, Gordon Mortenson, Leonard Nuñez, Rik Olson and Tom Killion. The prints showcase not only the natural splendor of West Coast, but also address homelessness, migrant labor, emigration, Native fisheries, logging and environmental issues. All of the 60 works are drawn from the museum’s permanent collection.

Maryhill Favorites: Still Life

March 15 – Nov. 15

Still life prints and paintings from Maryhill’s permanent collection, including work by Robert Douglas Hunter, Richard Lack, Henk Bos, Jakob Bogdani, Katja Oxman, and Oregon artists John Van Dreal and Robert Bibler. The exhibition includes a sumptuous painting of poppies and fruit by British artist Annie Feray Mutrie, considered one of the foremost flower painters of the Victorian era.

Théodore Rivière: Sculpture

March 15 – Nov. 15

The 19th-century French artist Théodore Rivière (1857–1912) is best known for his small-scale sculptures with Orientalist themes. His works also frequently show Art Nouveau influences. On view are more than a dozen figurative sculptures in bronze, marble and terra cotta.  

Théâtre de la Mode

March 15 – Nov. 15

Created as a means to re-build France’s fashion industry after the devastation of World War II, this exhibition shows one-third human size mannequins wearing fashions created by the country’s finest designers. When it debuted at Louvre’s Museum of Decorative Arts in 1945, the opening drew 100,000 visitors.  After touring Europe and the US in 1946, the exhibition languished in the basement of San Francisco’s City of Paris department store; the sets were destroyed, but the mannequins were saved by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels who championed their acquisition by Maryhill Museum of Art. Maryhill is now home to nine re-built sets and restored mannequins.

During 2019, three Théâtre de la Mode sets will leave storage and rotate onto view: André Beaurepaire’s “La Grotto Enchantée” (The Enchanted Grotto); Jean-Denis Malclès’ “Le Jardin Marveilleux” (The Marvelous Garden); and André Dignimont’s “Palais Roy-ale.”

The sets feature garments and accessories by such celebrated designers as Worth, Jean Patou, Balenciaga, Nina Ricci, Mad Carpentier, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Hermès, Pierre Balmain and Grès, among others.

EXHIBITIONS in the M.J. MURDOCK CHARITABLE TRUST EDUCATION CENTER

Exhibitions presented in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center further the museum’s educational mission and feature collaborative exhibitions with regional arts educators, academies and art groups.

The following exhibitions will be presented in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center in 2019:

Washington Art Education Association Exhibition

Teachers as Artists – Exploring Identity

March 15 – May 26

Teachers as Artists is an annual juried exhibition in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center showcasing the talents of WAEA members who are current or retired arts educators. This year we invited art teachers to submit works in any genre that explore identity. Presented in partnership with Washington Art Education Association.  Juror: Karen Giles, Lifelong Museum Educator and retired Manager of Adult and Community Programs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

2019 Plein Air Painting in the Columbia River Gorge

Aug. 4 – 24

An annual showcase of works created by artists during the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event. Forty artists from the northwest and across the country spend four days plein air painting in the Columbia River Gorge, capturing the incredible light and landscape, from snowcapped Mount Hood and surrounding orchards, to wineries, high plateaus and waterfalls. Paintings are on view and available for purchase in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. As work is sold and removed, other work created during the paint-out will replace it. A portion of the proceeds support Maryhill Museum of Art.

Works on Paper: Drawing Reality

June 1 – July 17

Presented in collaboration with Aristides Atelier at Seattle’s Gage Academy, this exhibition examines importance of developing drawing skills, as well as understanding drawing as a finished art form.

Exquisite Gorge

Sept. 3 – 25

View a unique 60-foot print created with a steam roller on the grounds of Maryhill. Ten artists were selected to create a woodblock carving inspired by and in collaboration with communities along the Columbia River from the Snake to the Willamette. Similar to the Surrealist practice of “exquisite corpse,” each artist’s unique print block was joined with the others to form a continuous image, with the Columbia River running through it.  

Oregon Art Education Association Exhibition

Teachers as Artists – Beyond the Demo: Exploring Idenity

Oct. 1 – Nov. 15

Teachers as Artists is an annual juried exhibition in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center showcasing the talents of OAEA members who are current or retired arts educators. This year we invited art teachers to submit works in any genre that explore identity. Presented in partnership with Oregon Art Education Association. Juror: Veronica Alvarez, Ed D., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Director of School and Teacher Programs.

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