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Hallie Ford Museum of Art: Current Exhibitions

Flat Weaves

Family Holdings: Turkish Flat Weaves from the Keith Achepohl Collection 

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Sept. 15 – Dec. 23

Explore the nomadic textiles of Turkey in this colorful exhibition that features 46 flat weaves from one of the finest private collection in the United States.

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Manuel Izquierdo: Maquettes, Small Sculptures and Works on Paper

Study Gallery and the Print Study CenterNov. 17, 2012 - Feb. 10, 2013

In January, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art will present a major retrospective exhibition, Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature, and Renewal. This exhibition will explore the life and career of Portland artist Izquierdo, who left a legacy of fantastic sculptures that ranged from mythological figures to forms that melded the world of plants and animals. Paving the way to this major exhibition, two small companion exhibitions will open Nov. 17 and will explore different aspects of Izquierdo’s artistic career. Manuel Izquierdo: Maquettes and Small Sculptures will feature a number of models and small sculptures that served as improvisational pieces or formed the basis for larger commissioned works. Manuel Izquierdo: Works on Paper will present a range of Izquierdo’s woodcut prints created between the late 1940s and the early 2000s. 

Organized by Professor Emeritus Roger Hull, the exhibition explores Izquierdo’s works from the past 60 years and draws from public and private collection throughout the region. A full-color monograph, Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature, and Renewal, by Professor Hull will accompany the exhibition. To pre-order call 503-370-6855.

Holiday Season Gift Ideas 

As the holiday season approaches and the search for special gifts begins, consider sharing Willamette University's visual arts, music and theatre with your family, friends and colleagues. We have a wide range of gift possibilities that include:   
$3 (individual) - $6 (family): Admission gift certificates to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art (call 503-370-6855)

$3-$7: The Secret Garden Dramatic Vocal Arts Performance March 14 - 17 (call 503-370-6255)

$8-$12: Willamette University Theatre tickets (Upcoming performances include: PeopleDance: Body Politic, Brightly Dawning Day: Celebrating the Centennial of Women's Suffrage in Oregon, and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.  

Various Willamette University Music CDs

 Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series 

 Individual Membership to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art 

 Family Membership to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Experience the Arts package

$100: The Willamette University "Experience the Arts" package, provides a year packed full of memorable activities and experiences that combine the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series and the Willamette University Theatre. This package make a perfect gift for 2 people. 

WU Theatre

PeopleDance: Body Politic

NOVEMBER 9 – 17, 2012
Featuring Hip Hop, Aerial, and Contemporary dance!Four choreographers have produced a total of nine works for PeopleDance: Body Politic. Guest artist Brennan Harvey presents “More Please,” a collaborative hip-hop dance focused on consumerism.  EJ Reinegel and Jessi Fouts take their dancers into the air, challenging the restrictions of gravity with aerial dance. Willamette senior Sarah Larsen has produced a trio, which uses contemporary dance to explore the differences between one's individual identity and that of the community. Artistic director Matthew Nelson presents five varied works exploring the formation of our belief structures through movement. In total,PeopleDance: Body Politic is a reflection of the present moment, bringing our lives into focus through the actions of dance.


John Doan

A Victorian Christmas with John Doan

Have you ever wondered what leisure time was like before people were entertained by their iphone G5, HDTV, DVD, CD, DVR, MP3, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3? To find out, come experience A Victorian Christmas as John Doan transforms Willamette University's Hudson Hall into a time machine that will transport the audience back to a parlor of a century ago, with thoughtful -- and sometimes zany -- performances that include audience sing-alongs and whistle alongs. This festive program, now in its 26th year, is a live version of his Emmy-nominated television special featuring dozens of authentic instruments, including the harp guitar, classical banjo, ukelin, an early roller organ, and an Edison phonograph. Doan also showcases a multi-media presentation of rare archival photos of people caught in the act of making their own music.

Advanced tickets are available at the music department or by phone. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, children and students under 18. Tickets at the door are $18.00.

Willamette University students, faculty, and staff may acquire free tickets up to one week prior to the event (tickets are limited).  

For more information, visit johndoan.com.

Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series

The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series celebrates its 30th anniversary season with the Rose Ensemble and guest soprano, Nell Snaidas, performing “Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims” on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 pm.

The 12- member ensemble of singers and instrumentalists recreates the voices of ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims with a program at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical. Laments of Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles and ancient traditions.

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, the Saint Paul, Minn. group tours internationally with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research in Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions. Hailed by Early Music America Magazine as “an almost supernatural blend of voices,” the Rose Ensemble was a recipient of the Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2005 and first-prize winner at the 2007 Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix).