New artwork museum exhibition delves into ‘Feminist Futures’

A new exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Artwork explores vital inquiries about artmaking, historical past, the future and feminist designs of inquiry utilizing performs from the museum’s collection and UO school associates. 

“Artists, Constellations and Connections: Feminist Futures,” on view from Jan. 27 to June 17, characteristics present function by University of Oregon studio art faculty users put in together with and in discussion with operates they have chosen from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s long term collection. 

“Feminist Futures” was organized by the art museum and 7 associates of the UO Office of Art as part of the 50th anniversary of the Center for the Analyze of Females in Culture. 

The participating women of all ages school users approached the exhibition as a collaborative and collective challenge. The works in the exhibition are conceived as a constellation of connections concerning peer artists responding in various strategies to the moment and to appropriate artists and artworks of the earlier. 

“Selecting pieces from the JSMA selection enabled us to feel about our perform and feminism in relation to the two the institution and a further history of artmaking,” stated Laura Vandenburgh, an artwork professor and director of the  University of Art + Design and style in the UO’s Faculty of Structure

Vandenburgh reported college users approached the search in particular person strategies. 

“Some took it as an option to discover and explore girls artists represented in the JSMA assortment, getting connections to our personal exercise,” she said. “For other people, the choices provide an expanded context for the artist’s personal function, participating the earlier and complicated cultural histories. Mixing the present-day do the job of artwork school and selections from the selection, we hope, allows for a richer constellation of resonances to arise for viewers.”

The exhibition introduces an installation by art professor Tannaz Farsi that elaborates on the thought of historic artifacts further than the position of a commodity a self-portrait pictures series by artwork professor Tarrah Krajnak that sheds light on the censorship of multicultural girls in pictures a selection of ornate brooches by jewelry designer and professor Anya Kivarkis that replicates jewelry from representations in archived historical texts and a big-scale set up by Vandenburgh that grapples with themes of biological contingency. 

Supplemental highlights include things like imaginative acrylic paintings of professor Charlene Liu’s culinary heritage, a ceramic sculpture motivated by an Otagaki Rengentsu poem and a 6-foot-tall cutout set up by professor Amanda Wojick.

Some of the artworks picked from the museum’s selection, these kinds of as the Otagaki Rengetsu bowl, stand for echoes and affinities with the college do the job and converse to the electricity of artwork to collapse time and room. Other picked artworks, these kinds of as the Edward Weston photograph, perform as antagonists, as a catalyst to interrogate a lot more inclusive and sophisticated experiences.

“Artists, Constellations and Connections: Feminist Futures” is curated by Wojick, Liu, Stacy Jo Scott, Vandenburgh, Krajnak, Farsi and Kivarkis from the UO Department of Art in consultation with museum curators Adriana Miramontes Olivas and Danielle Knapp.