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Spring 2022 Exhibition Series:

  • James Lavadour (Walla Walla)   Crow’s Shadow Series    2010   30h x 22w”   Monotype   7 in a series of 21   Collaborating Master Printer, Frank Janzen TMP   Photo credit: Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts

    Walk in Beauty

    January 11—February 12, 2022

    Location: Don Russell Clayton Gallery 

    Curated by Cynthia Nourse Thompson

    Walk In Beauty, an exhibition highlighting Native American artists, features prints from the permanent collection of the ZMA alongside prints produced by Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts [CSIA]. CSIA is a renowned studio focused on contemporary printmaking that is located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the foothills of Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Walk In Beauty presents a careful selection of works by outstanding Native American artists of diverse backgrounds and talents. The exhibition title refers to the Diné (Navajo) dictum “walk in beauty” which translates to creating beauty and harmony. CSIA provides a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Prints published by Crow’s Shadow Press can be found in major collections including: Library of Congress, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Portland Art Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, Wellin Museum of Art, Davis Museum at Wellesley, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.  

    James Lavadour (Walla Walla), Crow’s Shadow Series , 2010, 30h x 22w” , Monotype, 7 in a series of 21, Collaborating Master Printer, Frank Janzen TMP
    Photo credit: Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts 
    • Associated Programming:

    • JoyEllen Williams Last Wednesday Lunch: On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 12:30 pm, JoyEllen Williams, Special Collections Curator for KSU Museums, Archives, and Rare Books will share a virtual presentation on the materials in the Cherokee collection, how it came to be, and goals for its expansion.
    • Ray Young Bear Virtual Lecture and Poetry Reading: On Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 7:00 pm, Writer, Ray Young Bear, will present a virtual lecture and reading on Contemporary and Traditional Tribal Literature in Relation to Linguistic Atrophy: After 50 years

    • Traditional Native American Beadwork workshop led by Betty Vrooman: On February 12, 2022, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for 

    • Closing Reception: Saturday, February 12, 6:00 – 8:00 pm 
  • Handmade paper work by Leonardo Drew entitled "Number 58P," abstract design with primarily a brown background with bright blue added on top.

    Leonardo Drew: Cycles, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

    February 19—May 7, 2022 

    Curated by Loretta Yarlow, Director of the University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass, Amherst 

    The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation is honored to present the exhibition Leonardo Drew: Cycles, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and to publish the accompanying exhibition brochure as part of an ongoing effort to share work from the collection and to support critical dialogue. Jordan Schnitzer states, “I often speak of how difficult it is to be an artist. And the struggle to challenge, risk, transform and innovation are certainly at the heart of Leonardo Drew’s visual language. His work is immersive and personal without being leading. It is up to the viewer to interpret and participate in the communion of physical form and individual history. Leonardo’s work makes tangible a refuge that allows for self-reflection and perhaps space in which to contemplate the constructs of beauty.”  
    Leonardo Drew: Cycles, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, features many of Drew’s sculptures as well as numerous prints and works in handmade paper.  Leonardo Drew’s prints, at once powerfully large yet fragile, test the versatility of the medium, transforming cotton paper pulp and pigment into what suggests densely populated cities, a forest, or an urban wasteland. They sometimes look like maps of geographical landscapes viewed from above, while others are reminiscent of the night sky and distant galaxies. Evocative of fire, soil, sky, and water, there are strong perceptions in both microcosmic and macrocosmic scale. Organic forms within the composition undulate with various textures and luminosities, pushing the boundaries of its materiality. Much like his sculptural installations in wood, Drew starts with a raw material, transforming and reconstructing its essence until it resembles debris. Through this process, the artist articulates diverse histories of chaos, and cycles of birth and death. Examples of the Drew’s sculptures will also be on view. Using a variety of off-the-shelf materials (wood, cardboard, paint, paper, plastic, rope, and string) combined with natural materials such as branches or tree trunks, Drew subjects these elements to processes of oxidation, burning, and weathering. These labor-intense manipulations mimic natural processes and transforms these objects into sculptures that address both formal and social concerns, as well as the cyclical nature of existence. 

    New York Times art critic Roberta Smith describes Drew’s work as “popped, splintered, seemingly burned here, bristling there, unexpectedly delicate elsewhere. An endless catastrophe seen from above. The energies intimated in these works are beyond human control, bigger than all of us.” 

    Featured image: Leonardo Drew, Number 58P, 2017, edition of 3, pigmented, printed, and cast handmade paper © Leonardo Drew Photo courtesy of Pace Prints


    Logo graphic for The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation



    • At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into a lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection exceeds 19,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country’s largest private print collections. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions. The Foundation has organized over 110 exhibitions and has had art exhibited at over 160 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Harsch Investment Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland, Oregon, owning and managing office, multi-tenant industrial, multi-family and retail properties in six western states. For more information about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, please visit jordanschnitzer.org. 

    • Leonardo Drew was born in 1961 in Tallahassee, FL, and grew up in Bridgeport, CT. His talent and passion for art was recognized at an early age, and first exhibited his work at the age of 13. He attended the Parsons School of Design and received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1985. Recent solo museum exhibitions include shows at de Young Museum, San Francisco (2017); SCAD Museum of Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design (2013); Beeler Gallery at the Columbus College of Art & Design (2013); Palazzo Delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena (2006); Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2001); and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2000). Drew’s mid-career survey, Existed, premiered at the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston in 2009. The exhibition went on to the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, and the de Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. 
      Drew’s work is included in numerous public and private collections. Public collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; and Tate, London. He has collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and has participated in artist residencies at ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize by The Studio Museum in Harlem. Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City has commissioned Leonardo Drew to create a monumental new public art project for the Park, titled “City in the Grass.” 


    • Public Opening Reception: Sunday, February 20, 2022, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    • Artist Lecture: Leonardo Drew, February 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the ZMA  


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