In an effort to share our special exhibitions with a wider audience and with those who are unable to visit Maryhill Museum of Art due to the pandemic, the museum’s curator of art, Steve Grafe, created these PDFs. We invite you to explore the featured objects and accompanying label copy. Click the plus (+) sign next to each title to access the exhibition description and a link to the PDF.
The Mother of God and the Saints: Orthodox Christian Icons at Maryhill Museum of Art
Maryhill Museum of Art is home to a collection of more than 25 icons, as well as diverse ecclesiastical textiles and metalwork. The collection began in 1926, with a gift of Russian icons from Queen Marie of Romania, and it has continued to grow. This online exhibition includes icons with representations of the Mother of God and select Christian saints. They include Russian, Greek, and Romanian examples created in a variety of styles dating from the 18th century to the early 21st century.
Le Théâtre de la Mode: The Décors
One of the most unique aspects of the Théâtre de la Mode, is the stage sets, or décors, in which the haute couture fashions were placed — from the bustling streets and parks of Paris to an imagined enchanted grotto.
This online exhibition takes a closer look at the stories behind the sets and the well-known artists and designers who created them, including: André Dignimont, Jean-Denis Malclès, Georges Douking, Louis Touchagues, Jean Saint-Martin, Emilio Grau Sala, Georges Wakhévitch, André Beaurepaire, Georges Geffroy, Jean Cocteau, and Christian Bérard. Written descriptions by Louis Chéronnet, a Paris-based art critic, journalist, and author, along with historic photos by Béla Bernand provide another window into the creative process and the charming details of each set.
The Théâtre de la Mode in Its Own Words
Aficionados of fashion and fashion history are generally familiar with the story of the Théâtre de la Mode, the circumstances surrounding its creation in post-war Paris, its travel to diverse European and American cities, and its serendipitous arrival at Maryhill Museum of Art. Here that story is retold using vintage narratives, including texts from the catalogues of the 1945 London Théâtre de la Mode exhibition and its 1946 New York presentation, and from the museum’s own archives.
Théodore Rivière: Sculpture
The 19th-century French artist Théodore Rivière (1857–1912) is best known for his small-scale sculptures with Orientalist themes. His works also frequently show Art Nouveau influences. This exhibition includes almost 20 figurative sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta.
A Particular Beauty: Romanian Folk Clothing
A Particular Beauty draws from Maryhill’s collection of more than 450 Romanian textiles, and includes numerous individual garments such as coats, vests, shirts and blouses. Explore a remarkable variety of Romanian embroidery techniques, mediums, and styles that have evolved through the influences of adjacent ethnic populations, resident invaders, other outsiders, and—in recent decades–urbanization. Contextual labels and photographs tie the objects to specific villages, counties, geographical regions, and artisan workshops.
Indigenous Peoples of The Dalles Region
This online exhibition profiles an area extending from Rock Creek (eastern Klickitat County, Washington) to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and Cascade Locks, Oregon. It features photographs by Albert H. Barnes, Fred Andrew “F.A.” Young, Fannie B. Wright Van Duyn, Louise E. Ruch Miller, Iris Markley Hurst, Benjamin Clayton “B.C.” Markham, and J.W. Thompson, as well as basketry and beadwork of the region.
Sam Hill and The Columbia River Highway
Black and white photo prints showing both construction 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.
R.H. Ives Gammell and His Students
R.H. Ives Gammell shared his love of classical realism with his many students, including Richard Lack, Robert Hunter and Samuel Rose. Maryhill Museum of Art’s permanent collection contains numerous paintings by these four artists and this exhibition showcases more than 20 of their works.
A Pictorial Sequence by R.H. Ives Gammell Based on “The Hound of Heaven”
The 23 paintings that make up A Pictorial Sequence by R.H. Ives Gammell Based on “The Hound of Heaven” illustrate Francis Thompson’s 182-line religious poem with images and symbols drawn from diverse ancient and modern sources and they evoke deep human responses. They are together Gammell’s greatest artistic achievement and they represent the zenith of his artistic aims and ideas.
Art by Women Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment
Work by prominent women artists including Gene Kloss, Katja Oxman, Betty LaDuke, Frances Senska, and Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller. While the exhibition celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, it’s important to note that African American women such as Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller and Indigenous women were not universally free to vote until after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center Exhibitions
The following exhibitions were scheduled for the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center in 2020, but were moved online due to the pandemic.
Searching for Beauty with Aristides Atelier
This online exhibition features student and graduate paintings from the Aristides Atelier, at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA where Master artist, Juliette Aristides offers foundational skills necessary for realist artists. Searching for Beauty: Artist Views through the Lens of 2020/2021 features work reflecting each artist’s personal experiences during the pandemic. Terri Jordan, Curator of the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee, juried the exhibition and selected several works for special recognition.
Teachers As Artists: Connections
Maryhill Museum of Art, working in partnership with the Washington Art Education Association, showcases teacher talent by inviting educators to participate in Teachers as Artists, an annual juried exhibition in the museum’s MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.
In 2021 we invited regional arts educators to submit work around the theme Connections. The theme brings a focus to people, places, or things that have connected our lives during the past year, inviting arts educators to explore their vision of “connections” through multiple media. Presented in partnership with Washington Art Education Association and Tacoma Museum of Art. You can view Connections — Teachers as Artists online and also see the show in person at Maryhill Museum of Art from March 15 – April 25, 2021.
Teachers As Artists: Women of Influence
Maryhill Museum of Art, working in partnership with Oregon Art Education Association and Washington Art Education Association, showcases teacher talent by inviting educators to participate in Teachers As Artists, an annual juried exhibition in the museum’s MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. In 2020 we invited regional arts educators to submit work around the theme Women of Influence. The theme engages artists to examine women who have influenced the artist’s life and/or artwork, reflected through any media or style. This online version showcases artists from Washington.
The Influence of Women with Aristides Atelier
This online exhibition features student and graduate paintings from the Aristides Atelier, at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA where Master artist, Juliette Aristides offers foundational skills necessary for realist artists. We connect with this atelier through our collections of Richard Lack paintings, whose atelier was the source of her training. In our third collaboration with Aristides Atelier we present the themed exhibition The Influence of Women and the continued story of atelier training.
Maryhill Chess Sets
Explore an online version of the museum’s George E. Muehleck, Jr. Gallery of International Chess Sets. Take a closer look at some of Maryhill’s sets, including those designed just for play, whimsical and keepsake versions, one-of-a-kind artist-designed sets inspired by endless subjects and ideas