Current Special Exhibitions

March 15–November 15, 2017
Something for Everyone: New Treasures from the Permanent Collection

The genesis of Maryhill Museum of Art’s permanent collection was a gift from Queen Marie of Romania during her 1926 visit to dedicate the museum. Since that time, the collection has expanded tremendously, with particular growth since 2010. The exhibition includes a fascinating array of newly acquired works, including Romanian folk clothing, American Indian baskets and beadwork, half-size French and American fashions, medieval illuminated manuscripts, art glass, as well as paintings and prints by artists Lillian Pitt, Rick Bartow, Betty LaDuke, Fritz Scholder, R.H. Ives Gammell and others.

Image: Rick Bartow (American [Wiyot]. 1946–2016), Hijikata, 2008, pastel and graphite on paper, 44” x 30”; Gift of the Estate of Richard E. Bartow and Froelick Gallery, Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art

March 15–November 15, 2017
Ancient Greek Ceramics from the Permanent Collection

In 1926, Queen Marie of Romania’s oldest daughter, Elisabetha, the former Queen Consort of Greece, gave to Maryhill Museum of Art a collection of terracotta Tanagra figures and ancient Greek pottery vessels. Tanagras are figurines that were rediscovered near the Beotian town of Tanagra (central Greece) in the 1870s. They are made of mold-cast terracotta and were produced after the late 4th century. The amphorae and related ceramic vessels are from Cyprus and date from the Iron Age to the Early Roman Period (c. 1050 BCE –50 CE).

Image: Unknown Cypriot artist, Amphora, 950–600 BCE, painted ceramic, 24” x 17”; Gift of Elisabetha, Queen of Greece, Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art

March 15–November 15, 2017
Maryhill Favorites: The Western Experience

Paintings, photographs and sculptures from Maryhill’s collection show all aspects of the American West, including cowboy, Indian, wildlife and Western landscape subjects. Featured artists include Edward Curtis, John Fery, Alfred Lenz, Eanger Irving Couse, Edward Burns Quigley and Charles Marion Russell.

Image: Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864–1926), Indian Buffalo Hunt, 1896, oil on canvas, 25” x 35”; Gift of Mrs. Jeanne E. Wertheimer, in memory of her husband Phillip M. Wertheimer, Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art

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.