PULLMAN, Wash. — “From Benton to Bartlett: Recent Acquisitions,” on display at the Washington State University Museum of Art, May 26-Aug. 1, presents prints, paintings and works on paper from two collections. They are the Richard and Margaret Aiken Collection, recently donated to the Washington Arts Consortium, and the WSU Museum of Art Permanent Collection.
The WSU Museum of Art owns the Aiken collection with other museum members of the statewide WAC, which includes the Cheney Cowles Museum, the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, the Western Gallery at Western Washington University and Whatcom Museum of History and Art.
The Aiken collection includes prints and works on paper from the 1970s to the 1990s by internationally known practitioners, including the abstractionists Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Jenkins, Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella and Mark Tobey; contemporary etchings and watercolors by Jennifer Bartlett; Francesco Clemente’s haunting “Sigilli” series; and Judy Pfaff’s large-scale wood block print “Yoyogii.” “Between The Clock and The Bed,” an excellent example of Jasper John’s large-scale lithographs, and several examples of large-scale intaglio prints from Robert Rauschenberg’s “Bellini” series also are included.
Work from the WSU museum’s permanent collection includes recent paintings, prints and works on paper by such Northwest artists as Harold Balazs, Kenneth Callahan, Fay Jones, James Lavadour and Patrick Siler, in addition to American artists Thomas Hart Benton, Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, Faith Ringgold and Raphael Soyer. The exhibition marks the first showing of these important acquisitions in eastern Washington.
A special summer program will feature a concert by the Solstice String Quintet at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6, in the museum. Seating is limited. Families are welcome.
The WSU Museum of Art is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The gallery will be closed May 29-31 and July 3-5. All museum events are open to the public without charge. In addition, the gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Funding for exhibitions and programs is provided by WSU, the Friends of the Museum of Art and private donors. A portion of the museum’s general operating funds for the fiscal year has been provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that offers general operating support to the nation’s museums.