The exhibition “Face to Face” will be on display at Gonzaga University’s Jundt Art Museum through April 2, 2008. This salon style exhibition, which opened Jan. 23, showcases work that spans six centuries and features more than 175 prints drawn from Gonzaga’s Permanent Collection and private collectors.
This ambitious selection of works, which focuses on the face, shows its diversity in style and technique through the juxtaposition of images. Instead of displaying the prints chronologically, J. Scott Patnode, curator of the Museum, chose to hang the works salon style, through careful consideration of content. An example of this is the etching “Self-Portrait with Saskia,” by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, dated 1636, which hangs adjacent to “Saskia (after Rembrandt) from Cycle: Portraits in the Passage of Time” by Czech artist Jii Anderle, created in 1978, nearly 300 years later.
The 16th century artist Jost Amman’s woodcut, titled “Turk with Shield and Sceptre,” is the oldest work on display. Among 17th century prints are Jacques Callot’s woodcut “The Captain (The Lover)” and Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s “Portrait of Joos de Momper,” from “Iconography.” Among 18th century artists are Nicolas Cochin-Fils and Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes. Nineteenth century artists’ works include lithographs by Eugene Carriere and Honore Daumier. Representing the 20th century are prints by artists Robert Motherwell, Charles Eduoard Courbusier, David Hockney, Käthe Kollwitz, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, John Stuart Curry, Claes Oldenberg, Corita Kent, Celia Calderón, Shiko Munakata, Mabel Dwight, Helen Hyde, Francesco Clemente, and Graciela Sacco. The 21st century is represented by works by Alison Saar, John Wilson, Fred Tomaselli and others.
A free public reception and lecture will be held in the Jundt Galleries on Thursday, Feb. 14 (2008) beginning at 6:15 pm. Guest speaker Suzanne Boorsch’s lecture, titled “Saving Faces: Prints at Yale,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Jundt Lecture Hall. Boorsch, the Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Yale University Art Gallery, has written extensively on Italian and French Old Master prints, including a “catalogue raisonné” (definitive catalogue) of the engravings of Giorgio Ghisi.
Continuing in the Arcade Gallery is “Food for Thought,” an exhibit of prints to coincide with Gonzaga University’s Academic Year 2007/2008 discussion topic, FOOD. “Food for Thought” runs through March 8.
Admission to the Jundt Art Museum is free and open to the public. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Closed
Sundays and school holidays*. The Museum will be closed for holidays Feb. 16-18, and March 21-24 (2008).
For more information, please contact Karen Kaiser, assistant curator for education, at (509) 323-6613 or via e-mail.