“Living Legacies” is the title of the 2013 Summer Exhibition currently at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Five years ago, the museum hosted an exhibit with a similar name: “Lasting Legacies.” While Lasting Legacies served to showcase some of the finest pieces from the museum’s own collection, Living Legacies brings in the added element of community, as well as expands the museum’s scope of artistic styles.
Living Legacies includes some pieces from the museum’s own collection, but adds more than 280 works on loan from over 80 collectors as well. The exhibit takes over the whole museum, for an impressive selection of more than 400 pieces in total. Some of these pieces are rarely viewed, having been housed in private homes for years.
“Our staff did an amazing job putting together an extraordinary amount of artwork,” says Debbie Williamson, Communications Manager at the JSMA. “They got to go to the homes of collectors and hear the stories behind the works.”
Many pieces reflect the museum’s affinity for Pacific Northwest, American and Asian art. But the museum has also added European and Latin American art, signaling the expansion of its collecting mission.
The Museum’s YouTube channel features explanations on the histories and significance of several pieces.
The exhibit opened June 1, and will close Sept. 1. The museum’s hours are Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday until 8 p.m.