What happens when a museum known for pioneer history turns over curatorial authority to a young Indigenous artist and writer? For Five Oaks Museum, the result is a bold, self-critical exhibition about the Tualatin Valley’s first people.
Jessica Silverman is pleased to present two shows by Judy Chicago: “Mother Earth,” an exhibition of new and historic works expressive of the artist’s longstanding concern for the environment and climate justice; and “Cohanim,” a series of porcelain paintings, commemorating Leonard Cohen and his lyrics.
Adams and Ollman is pleased to announce an intergenerational pairing of two solo exhibitions: a selection of paintings from 1986 to 2017 by Lois Dodd (b. 1927) on view alongside new ceramic sculptures by Sharif Farrag (b. 1993). This marks Farrag’s first exhibition at the gallery as well as the first significant presentation of Dodd’s work on the West Coast.
Lesley Vance has honed an unmistakable visual language in which abstraction articulates its connections to realities both tangible and ephemeral. She has achieved this in numerous ways, emphasizing relationships between light and shadow, exploring different perceptions of space, and reckoning with the materiality of color.
The exhibition borrows its title (a riposte to the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme) from a self-portrait depicting the artist walking alone on the street at night, paintbrush and blunt in hand. The composition is illuminated in the background by the blinding high beams and red and blue flash of a police car. Taking cues from the tradition of Western History painting, the narrative is left unfinished, allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusions from an all-too-familiar scenario.