Current Special Exhibitions

March 15 – November 15, 2018
Richard F. Lack: The Interior Journey—Paintings, Drawings, and Studies

The paintings of Richard F. Lack (1928–2009) combine the form and drawing of nineteenth-century academic painters with the color and atmosphere of the Boston impressionists. His interest in classical painting traditions led him to the atelier of R. H. Ives Gammell, with whom he studied from 1950 to 1956. Lack and Gammell were proponents of “Imaginative Painting” and used the term to describe work that was previously designated as historical—or poetic—painting. It includes historical, religious, mythological, allegorical, fantasy, mystical and symbolic art. Richard F. Lack: The Interior Journey—Paintings, Drawings, and Studies was curated by Stephen Gjertson, a Minneapolis-area artist who was a student of Lack and a former teacher at his atelier.

Image: Richard F. Lack (1928–2009), Demons, 1996, oil on canvas, 81” x 51”; Courtesy of the Lack Estate

March 15 – November 15, 2018
American Classical Realism

R.H. Ives Gammell (1893–1981) was one of the last American artists whose training traces back to the French academic tradition of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 1950, he founded a Boston studio to ensure that the classical painting tradition would be preserved. In the early 1980s, one of Gammell’s students, Richard Lack, was asked to coin a term that would distinguish the work of the Boston realists from that of other representational artists. The idea of “Classical Realism” was subsequently articulated.  Maryhill Museum of Art is home to a large collection of these works and this exhibition draws from that material. Work by Gammell and three of his students—Richard Lack (1928–2009), Robert Douglas Hunter (1928–2014) and Samuel Rose (1941–2008)—may be seen in the exhibition.

Image: Samuel Rose (American, 1941–2008), Attachments, 1967, oil on board, 30½” x 32½”; Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art

March 15 – November 15, 2018
Maryhill Favorites: Landscape

This exhibition showcases landscape paintings from the museum’s collection, including historic and contemporary European and American works, and recent paintings from the 2016 and 2017 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge events.

Image: William Stanley Haseltine (American, 1835–1900), Stoney Pines, Cannes, c. 1880s, oil on canvas, 23” x 36-1/2”; Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art

March 15 – November 15, 2018
Sculpture from the Permanent Collection

On view are 20 small sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection. Highlights include Art Deco ceramics by Seraphim Soudbinine, bronzes by French artist Théodore Rivière, and The Wretched by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller.

Image: Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (American, 1877–1968), The Wretched, 1902, bronze, 17” x 21” x 15”; Gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels



March 15–November 15, 2017
Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway

Black and white prints showing both construction photos of the highway and early scenic views of the Columbia River Gorge. Most of the images are drawn from Sam Hill’s personal photo collection, which is housed at Maryhill Museum of Art.

Image: Unknown photographer, Unidentified man, Sam Hill, J.C. Potter and Amos Benson standing on the Columbia River Highway, c. 1915; Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art.

March 15–November 15, 2017
́âtre de la Mode

A new rotation of Théâtre de la Mode sets and their accompanying fashion mannequins will go on view in 2017, including Jean Cocteau’s “My Wife is a Witch” and Jean Saint Martin’s “Paris Sketch,” both sets recreated by Anne Surgers in 1990. The third set that will rotate on to view is Anne Surgers’ “Street Scene,” a replacement for Georges Wakhevitch’s “The Port of Nowhere.” All three sets feature 1946 evening and day wear by some of the top Parisian designers, including the house of  Worth, Ana de Pombo, Lucien Lelong, Nina Ricci, Lanvin, Rochas and Balmain.

Image: Théâtre de la Mode: “Paris Sketch” (Croquis de Paris), with 1946 fashions and mannequins; original set by Jean Saint-Martin as recreated by Ann Surgers.