New art and sounds of the Pacific Northwest ‘- WSU Insider


PULLMAN, Washington – The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University reopens on Tuesday, January 18 for the spring semester with a new exhibit titled: “Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds of the Pacific Northwest. ”

The Pacific Northwest is home to a unique artistic ecosystem involving craft traditions, pre-industrial cultures, and indigenous and settler histories. Like folk art, the exhibition features handcrafted works that are unpretentious and often blurring the line between functionality and aesthetics. Handcrafted woven baskets and worked wooden objects mix with makeshift works, improvised and often using recycled materials. For artists – patchwork quilters and abstract painters – a rural, working-class philosophy of imparting knowledge and making do with what you have is as fundamental as academics and studio technique.

The exhibit features an intergenerational array of 17 notable artists from across the region, including Marita Dingus, Warren Dykeman, Joe Feddersen, Blair Saxon-Hill, Sky Hopinka and Cappy Thompson. A playlist of Indie Folk music curated by Portland’s Mississippi Records, a record label and boutique, will accompany the exhibit, filling galleries with sound from the Pacific Northwest.

A reception and tour of the exhibition by guest curator Melissa Feldman will be offered on Thursday, January 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum. The visit takes place from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm Entrance to the museum is always free.

In addition to her continued work as a curator and freelance writer, Feldman has served in recent years as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and as Director of the Neddy Artist Awards. Feldman was often instrumental in Art in america and Frieze among other international publications and has taught at the California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute and Goldsmith’s College London.

After debuting at the WSU Schnitzer Museum, the exhibit will travel to the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon and the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington.

Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU and guest curator by Melissa E. Feldman. Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Foundation, the Mildred S. Bissinger Foundation, Nancy Spitzer 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 opposite Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information, please contact the museum at 509-335-1910. The museum is currently open Tuesday to Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday, Monday and university vacations.

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