(GOLDENDALE, Wash., January 3, 2022) — Maryhill Museum of Art will open for the season on March 15, 2022 with an expansive survey of contemporary Indigenous art of the last four decades. Most of the works in the exhibition Northwest/Southwest: Indigenous Art After 1980 are drawn from Maryhill’s own holdings and are emblematic of the museum’s commitment to collecting and exhibiting work by Indigenous American artists.
The museum will also present the concurrent exhibition Navajo and Pueblo Jewelry: Silver, Turquoise, Coral, and Shell, featuring silver and turquoise jewelry by Diné (Navajo) and Pueblo artists. Ornithology: Avian Imagery from the Permanent Collection will showcase artworks with birds as the subject matter.
In 2022, all or part of three different Théâtre de la Mode sets will rotate onto view: Louis Touchagues’ “La Rue de la Paix en la Place Vendôme”; Georges Douking’s “L’Île de la Cité”; and a portion of Christian Bérard’s “Le Théâtre.”
The museum will also present a range of exhibition-related programming either in-person or virtually, as necessitated by the pandemic. Information on programs will be available after January 15 at www.maryhillmuseum.org.
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS IN 2022
March 15 – November 15, 2022
Northwest/Southwest: Indigenous Art After 1980
Since 2010, Maryhill Museum’s collection of contemporary Indigenous art has greatly expanded. The museum is now home to more than 60 works by regional artists including Rick Bartow (Wiyot), Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama), and Joe Feddersen (Okanagan and Arrow Lakes). Diné (Navajo) artists Shonto Begay, Marwin Begaye, and Will Wilson are also represented in the collection, as are Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) and Merlin Little Thunder (Southern Cheyenne). Northwest/ Southwest draws on this work and select loans from public and private collections to present an overview of some of the diverse expressions that have been produced in the Indigenous community during the last four decades.
March 15 – November 15, 2022
Ornithology: Avian Imagery from the Permanent Collection
Ornithology is the scientific field dedicated to the study of birds. Birds are also a popular subject for artists — especially printmakers. In 2022, the museum’s Maryhill Favorites Gallery is dedicated to works on paper showcasing avian subjects. Featured artists include Katja Oxman, Betty LaDuke, Arthur Higgins, and Dyann Alkire.
March 15 – November 15, 2022
Navajo and Pueblo Jewelry: Silver, Turquoise, Coral, and Shell
Turquoise has been known for centuries in Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and throughout the ancient world. In the Western Hemisphere, the Aztecs utilized quantities of it, and, in the American Southwest, Indigenous peoples have worked with turquoise for more than a millennium. During the last quarter of the 19th century, Diné (Navajo) and Pueblo artists began creating jewelry combining turquoise stones with silver settings — work that is now synonymous with Southwestern artistic expression. Maryhill’s 2022 exhibition of silver and turquoise jewelry features late 20th-century examples drawn from private collections.
OTHER EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW
In addition to the special exhibitions mentioned above, Maryhill Museum of Art features exhibitions of more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin – one of the largest collections in the United States – European and American paintings, furnishings, personal effects and art objects from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, and a display of more than 75 chess sets from around the world.
Maryhill is also home to the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring artist-designed sets and small-scale mannequins attired in haute couture fashions of post-World War II France. The museum’s Indigenous Peoples of North America Gallery includes works of Indigenous art from prehistoric through contemporary, with a particular emphasis on tribes from the Pacific Northwest.
The William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park is home to the museum’s collection of large-scale sculpture by well-known Northwest artists.
MEDIA CONTACTS & IMAGES
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Image above: Craig George (Diné [Navajo], b. 1970), Enchantment, from the artist’s “Bicycle Series,” 2018, giclée print, ed.: 4/50, 8½” x 10”; Museum purchase with funds provided by Stephen and Laura Muehleck, Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art
ABOUT MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART:
Housed in a glorious Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art opened to the public May 13, 1940 and today remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. The museum was founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, who purchased the property and began building the house with dreams of establishing a Quaker farming community. When that goal proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loie Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum.
Maryhill Museum of Art boasts a renowned permanent collection, rotating exhibitions of the highest caliber, and dynamic educational programs that provide opportunities for further exploration by visitors of all ages. On view are more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d’art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America were a collecting interest of Hill; today the museum’s American Indian collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.
Maryhill’s William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park features more than a dozen large-scale works by Northwest artists. The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture by noted Portland architect Brad Cloepfil; nearby are Lewis and Clark interpretive panels. Four miles east of Maryhill is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge, Stonehenge Memorial, which Sam Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I; Stonehenge Memorial was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2021. Nearby, the Klickitat County War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I.
The museum building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2001 the museum was listed as an official site of the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail and in 2002 was accredited by the American Association of Museums. In 2012 the museum opened the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, a 25,500 square foot expansion that is the first in the museum’s history. The new wing boasts the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center, a collections storage and research suite, a new cafe and terrace, and the Cannon Power Plaza with an installation of sculpture, and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood in the distance.
Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 through November 15. The Gardens & Grounds are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, March 15 – November 15 at no charge. Admission to the Stonehenge Memorial is free; it is open from dawn to dusk daily year-round.
TICKETS / ADMISSION RATES:
Tickets may be purchased in advance at maryhillmuseum.org. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for college students with I.D., $5 for youth age 7-18 and free for children 6 and under. Maryhill participates in Museums for All, with admission set at $2 per person with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid form of photo ID. Rate is valid for up to four individuals per EBT card.
Sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, cold beverages, and freshly baked desserts and pastries, as well as a selection of local wines and craft beer are available at the museum’s cafe, Loie’s, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Cafe hours may vary during Covid-19. the Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry and other mementos. Picnic tables are located on the museum grounds.
Maryhill Museum of Art overlooks the Columbia River on Washington’s SR 14, just west of US 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington; it is a scenic 45 minute drive from Hood River, Oregon and 30 minutes from The Dalles, Oregon. Drive times are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. For further information, visit maryhillmuseum.org.