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Maryhill Museum announces 2014 exhibition schedule

HANSEN SHAPES: James Lee Hansen's work The Shape of Things is featured on the home page of his web site. Hansen's modernist sculpture is featured in an exhibition at Maryhill Museum in its 2014 schedule.

Maryhill Museum of Art has announced its schedule of special exhibitions for the 2014 season, which runs March 15 through Nov. 15, 2014.

The museum's 2014 season will open with the special exhibition "James Lee Hansen: Sculpture," featuring one of the Northwest's most renowned Modernist sculptors. Also on tap are an exhibition of African Art drawn from the collection of Mary Johnston, comics from New Yorker cartoonists, and a selection of Maryhill favorites featuring the female form. 

The museum's permanent exhibitions include works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, royal memorabilia from Queen Marie of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, and American Indian art. Outside, the museum's William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park contains large-scale works by a variety of Northwest artists.

In addition to these permanent exhibitions, Maryhill Museum of Art's 2013 special exhibition schedule is as follows:

• James Lee Hansen: Sculpture

March 15 – July 27, 2014

James Lee Hansen is a noted Modernist sculptor from Washington State whose work is included in many public and private collections. James Lee Hansen: Sculpture features more than 30 of the artist's maquettes and small sculptures and includes works produced from the 1960s to the present. They are accompanied by photo panels showing Hansen's larger sculptures and architectural commissions.

The exhibition is produced with assistance from James Lee and Elizabeth Jane Hansen, and is sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

• Angela Swedberg: Historicity

March 15 – Nov. 15, 2014

Angela Swedberg is a nationally known restorer of antique American Indian material. She is also an artist who uses cast and blown glass and other mediums to create objects that have affinities with historic artifacts. Ten of these works are included in the exhibition.

• The Flip Side: Comic Art from New Yorker Cartoon Artists

March 15 – Nov. 15, 2014

The Flip Slide presents work by a half-dozen artists whose cartoons regularly appear in The New Yorker magazine. The exhibition contains examples of published cartoons along with other, less well-known examples of the artists' comic output.

The show is guest-curated by Shannon Wheeler, a Portland-based New Yorker cartoonist and author of the critically acclaimed Too Much Coffee Man.

Maryhill Favorites: The Female Form

March 15 – Nov. 15, 2014

Maryhill's permanent collection includes approximately 250 paintings by European and American artists. Ten or more of these works are shown each year in the Maryhill Favorites Gallery.

During 2014, the gallery will feature works that highlight the use of the female form in composition. Included will be Solitude by Frederic, 1st Baron Leighton of Stretton and William MacGregor Paxton's The Red Fan, among others.

• African Art from the Mary Johnston Collection

Aug. 9 – Nov. 15, 2014

African Art from the Mary Johnston Collection features masks, sculptures and other objects from the people groups who populate West Africa, including the Yoruba (Nigeria/Benin), the Bambara and Dogon (Mali), the Bobo (Burkina Faso) and others.

Originally from The Dalles, Mary Johnston now resides in Florence, Oregon. She inherited these items from her brother, who acquired them in Berlin in the early 1970s. Johnston has spent the last two decades of her life studying and sharing the collection. The exhibition is produced with curatorial assistance from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

• Cardboard, Clay & Crayons: Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists

May 1 – July 31, 2014

Young artists (K-12), either working in teams or as individuals, created chess sets of their own design for display at Maryhill in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center during the 2014 season. Maryhill Museum of Art exhibits about 75 chess sets, representing the many countries, cultures and periods in which chess has been played.

This permanent exhibition is a perennial favorite and is especially captivating to our younger visitors. Generous support is provided by the Charlotte Y. Martin Foundation.


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