"Pressure Points" Shows Best of Printmaking

"Pressure Points," an exhibit featuring 54 prints from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan & Mina Schnitzer Foundation of Portland, Ore., opens Nov. 10 and continues through Jan. 5, 2002, at the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Salem.

The exhibition, which surveys major trends in contemporary printmaking, explores major themes including abstraction, autobiography, pop culture, social commentary, portraits and self-portraits, and words and messages.

"Pressure Points" features work in a variety of printmaking media, including aquatint, drypoint, etching, lithography, mono print, photogravure, woodcut, and screen print. Included in the exhibition are works by such artists as Mark Bennett, Enrique Chagoya, Tony Fitzpatrick, Jeff Koons, Julian Opie, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker.

In addition to the works on display, text panels, annotated labels and a full-color exhibition catalogue will accompany the exhibition with an essay by Elizabeth Bilyeu, art historian and faculty member at Marylhurst University and Portland Community College. Once the exhibition closes at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, it will travel to Washington, Montana and Oregon in 2002 and 2003.

"Pressure Points" has been made possible by a major grant from The Jordan & Mina Schnitzer Foundation, with additional support provided by the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax Funds.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at the corner of State and Cottage streets in Salem. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and students age 13 and older. Admission is free to children under 13 and for Willamette University faculty, staff and students, as well as Museum members and school groups by appointment. Admission is free on Tuesdays. On Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the run of the exhibition, State of Oregon employees will be admitted for free with proof of ID.

For more information, contact the Museum at 503-370-6855.