Washington State Magazine

Summer 2008


Summer 2008

Identity

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In This Issue...

Features

Dialogue with the Past :: Coastal exploration has discovered traditional native technology for leaching tannins from acorns—identical to techniques discovered in northern Japan. Huge villages once lay near where the Deschutes and the John Day rivers enter the Columbia. And then they disappeared. A new era of Northwest archaeology is revealing that we have only started understanding the mysteries of our Pacific Northwest past. by Tim Steury { WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Ozette Art and the Makah Canoe }

Masters of Disguise :: When a family depends on a few head of cattle for food, for cash income, and for status, the loss of a single animal can be devastating. Researchers at WSU are on the hunt for vaccines against two of the most damaging—and elusive—pathogens that afflict livestock around the world. by Cherie Winner

The Age of Identity :: Little did literary sleuth Debbie Lee realize that by following in the footsteps of her subjects—a Javanese princess, a sailor, and a witch—she would slip out of her own identity and into theirs. by Hannelore Sudermann { WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Life and adventures of Princess Caraboo }

ESSAY

How to Survive the Coming Depression :: by Bill Morelock

Panoramas

Departments

:: FIRST WORDS

:: SPORTS: Signing Day Central

:: IN SEASON: Dahlias

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Doggie donors }

Tracking

Cover photo: Fritz Meisel, age 3½, tries on a superhero identity. He is a fifth-generation resident of the Palouse and has many ties to Washington State University through his parents Jeanne Fulfs '94, MFA '03, and Nickolus Meisel, MFA '02, an assistant sculpture professor in the fine arts department.

Panoramas
Sherry Markovitz: Shimmer is now on the road after its WSU Museum of Art's recent exhibit and will be at the Bellevue Arts Museum through the summer.

Sherry Markovitz: Shimmer is now on the road after its WSU Museum of Art's recent exhibit and will be at the Bellevue Arts Museum through the summer.

On the road

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Museum of Art director Chris Bruce has not been content of late to just set up a traveling show and then send it back. He'd just as soon put the show together and make sure it gets seen as much as possible by putting it on the road. Bruce started with a major Roy Lichtenstein exhibition a couple of years ago. After arranging with collector Jordan Schnitzer to assemble the exhibition, he sent it around the West to seven other museums, from the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle to the Austin Art Museum in Texas, making it possible for over 117,000 people to see work by Lichtenstein that is otherwise unavailable.

"The Lichtenstein was an easy sell," says Bruce. "We could have toured it forever, but didn't want to wear out the prints."
Bruce then organized a show of former WSU faculty member Gaylen Hansen's work and sent it out to four other museums, including the Seattle Art Museum. Much of Hansen's work had not been shown before, but came straight out of his studio.

Bruce observes that "collecting rare and amazing things" is not a real option for a museum the size of WSU's. "What we can do," he says, "is provide exhibitions for other people.

"We've hit about four out of five art museums in the Puget sound area over a period of three years," he continues. "Each of these shows has an accessibility that is intentional. It's a particular niche that seems to serve our audience well."

Categories: Visual arts | Tags: Art museums

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