Opening Reception at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 5:00pm to Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 8:00pm
opening reception imageThe PSU Alumni Association is co-hosting a reception for the opening of two new exhibitions at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University.

There will be complimentary food and drinks.

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The JSMA offers rich educational and collaborative opportunities, and FREE and accessible art experiences to PSU and the public. Its galleries feature art by Northwest artists, faculty and students as well as exhibitions by national and international artists. The museum opened in November 2019.

Below is information about the artists:

Daniel Duford: John Brown's Vision on the Scaffold
For the past twenty years, Daniel Duford has woven visual narratives, stories that flow through large paintings, graphic novels, and figurative sculpture. Daniel Duford: John Brown’s Vision on the Scaffold is based on the radical abolitionist John Brown. The project was conceived during a 2017 residency at the Ground Beneath Us in Waterford, Virginia when Duford visited Harpers Ferry, the site of Brown’s raid on the federal armory. This exhibition focuses on mythology and storytelling in narrative figure painting with John Brown as the central figure.

As Duford witnesses the dire circumstances of American politics, the analogy to John Brown’s ideology and activism have piqued a series of paintings based on portraits of John Brown and his contemporaries. The subjects are presented in anachronistic settings as if they were sitters in Duford’s studio. Concurrently, the landscape behind and around the sitters is an essential “character” in Duford’s narrative. Duford looks at the story through "tree-time" - the slow perception of trees. Tree time allows connective tissue to reach over centuries indicating the passage of time and the cyclical nature of history.

Duford is a Hallie Ford Fellow (2010), the recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship (2019) and a recipient of a 2012 Art Matters Grant. His work has been shown nationally including the Orange County Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, The Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art and The Boise Art Museum. Residencies include The MacDowell Colony and Crow's Shadow Art Center. He has taught at Reed College, Portland Community College: Rock Creek and Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is co-founder of Ground Beneath Us a place-based institute and artist fellowship located in Virginia and Oregon. Ground Beneath Us weaves visual narrative with social justice issues to mine the stories of place and site.

Arvie Smith: 2Up And 2Back II
This exhibition the second of a two-part project to present a retrospective focused on the oeuvre of this elder statesman of Oregon’s art community. (2 Up 2 Back I is on view at Disjecta from December 7, 2019 – February 2, 2020.) The second part of this examination will present Smith’s earlier work, from 1988-2015.

Arvie Smith takes messages from public discourse, advertising, news media, pop culture, film, and daily micro assaults on marginalized groups to deliver powerful images. His paintings reveal the normalized and seemingly accepted inequities born of privilege that are designed to interfere with truth, advancement, and release from the chains of a dominant hierarchy based on skin color. Smith’s work is about race and identity, inequity, justice, perseverance and, ultimately, the resilience of the human spirit.

Smith is Professor Emeritus at Pacific Northwest College of Art where he taught painting and drawing for over 20 years. He also taught at Maryland Institute College of Art and was a visiting professor at the University of Oregon and Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. He received his MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, where he was teaching assistant to Grace Hartigan. He was awarded an honorary Ph.D. in Art from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2018. In 2017 he was granted the Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts for lifetime achievement. His work is in major African American Art collections in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Atlanta. Portland Art Museum exhibited his work in the APEX Gallery in 2016.

Arvie Smith: 2 Up 2 Back is accompanied by a fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue, funded by The Ford Family Foundation.