WSU Schnitzer Museum Introduces New Exhibits for Summer Semester – WSU Insider

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art welcomes the summer semester with two new exhibits opening Tuesday, May 24, titled: “Keiko Hara: Four Decades of Paintings and Prints and “Our Stories, Our Lives: Irwin Nash Photographs of Yakima Valley Migrant Labor.

In the “Our Stories, Our Lives: Irwin Nash Photographs of Yakima Valley Migrant Labor” exhibit, a selection of over 40 photographs from the Irwin Nash Yakima Valley Migrant Labor Collection will be on display at the museum in conjunction with WSU Libraries Manuscripts . , archives and special collections. These images capture moments of daily life – children playing, Chicano student reunions, family scenes, asparagus harvests – as well as chronicling an era of rising labor movements and protest, strikes and social conscience that swept through Washington State and the nation.

The richness and diversity of Washington State agriculture is made possible by the labor of agricultural workers. However, this work and the people who perform it are often hidden. In 1967, Irwin Nash traveled to the Yakima Valley to take photos for an independent magazine feature on agriculture in the valley. After completing this mission, he nevertheless returned to the farming communities around Yakima each season until 1976 to document the lives of these workers. In doing so, he created a compelling archive of over 9,400 photographs.

Keiko Hara, Verse Ma and Ki Memory
2016

Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU and curated by Lipi Turner-Rahman, PhD, Director of Development at Washington State University. Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment, Nancy Spitzer, and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

“Keiko Hara: Four Decades of Paintings and Prints” explores Keiko Hara’s relationship with her environment, formulated through her ongoing series titled “Topophilia”. Meaning “a strong love of place”, the term topophilia, with its connection to humanistic geography, also represents a universal desire to retain fleeting moments of beauty and sadness tied to conceptions of place, even if they are inaccessible. This mini-exhibition-investigation chronicles Hara’s unwavering commitment to painting and his unique form of Japanese woodblock printing, over a period of 40 years.

His abstract compositions are both immensely sensitive yet executed in vibrant color with references to water, fire, sky and verdant lands, providing rich metaphorical imagery. Hara’s longtime home in Walla Walla, Washington, located in a wide valley flanked by the Blue Mountains, is central to her work, as is a more internal investigation into the poetics of space.

Hara was born in North Korea to Japanese parents, raised in Japan, and moved to the United States in 1971. She studied printmaking at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, earning an MFA in 1976 and taught for many years at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, retiring in 2006. Museums that include Hara’s work in their permanent collections include the National Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum , the Racine Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU. Funding is provided by Ainslie and Keith Peoples, the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment, Nancy Spitzer, the Walla Walla Foundry, and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.


LOCATION | The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information, please contact the museum at 509-335-1910. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Sunday, Monday and university holidays.

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