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. Curated by Stephen Gjertson, with assistance from The Atelier and the Lack Estate. Gjertson is 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 Seraphin 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
́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.


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September 5 -28, 2018
Romanian Identity, Royalty and Architecture

This photo essay surveys Romanian architecture from 1870 to 1948 with a focus on the Romanian royalty’s contribution to the modernization of the country and creation of a national style. It was after WWI, when King Ferdinand and Queen Marie sponsored the implementation of the national style in their effort to put Romania on the map of the world. Emphasizing Queen Marie’s contribution to Romanian architectural landmarks as well as her visit to the Pacific Northwest, the exhibit also presents monuments designed to celebrate the birth of Great Romania in 1918.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with the American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS), Romanian Cultural Institute, Centrul de Creație, Cultural Romania Association, and Artă și Tradiție (CREART), Bucharest. The exhibition is curated by Augustin Ioan, Ionel Stoicescu, Marius Marcu Lăpădat, Octavian Carabela and Roxana Lăpădat.