PULLMAN, Wash. — “An Elegant Light: Work from the European Painting Collection of the Maryhill Museum,” will be on display March 4 – April 6 at WSU’s Museum of Art.
The exhibition of 39 paintings features portraits, still life and genre settings, country landscapes, and sporting themes, as well as two sculptures from Maryhill’s Rodin Collection.
Maryhill’s European painting collection contains mostly British, Dutch and French works from the 1600s through the 1900s. The British paintings include “Ballyhooly Fair” by William Mulready (1786-1863), “Portrait of Mrs. Walters” by George Frederick Watts (1817-1904), and “Antique Vase with Poppies and Fruit” by Annie F. Mutrie (1826-1893). Among the Dutch works are “The Farewell” by Hendrick Leys (1815-1869), “Coastal Scene” by Henriette Gudin (active 1849-1853), and “Eggs in Bowl and Blue Jar” by Henk Bos (1900-1979). The French paintings include “Woman in a Veil” by Eugene Carriere (1849-1906).
Colleen B. Schafroth, director of the Maryhill Museum of Art, will present a public lecture, “A Room with a View: A Look at European Art through the Maryhill Collection,” at 7 p.m., March 4, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Running concurrently with the Maryhill exhibition March 4 – April 6 will be an installation of photographs of Afghan refugee camps, taken by American-born photographer Fazal Sheikh, whose family roots are in the Afghan borderlands. The installation, “When Two Bulls Fight, The Leg of The Calf is Broken,” resonates with the plight of the people who live in Sheikh’s ancestral homeland.
A related reception hosted by the Middle Eastern Student Association and the Office of Student Programs is set for 7-9 p.m., March 11, in the Fine Arts Center. The lecture is being presented in conjunction with a WSU symposium March 11-12 in observance of the six-month anniversary of the events of Sept. 11.
All museum events are free and open to the public. The museum, located in the Fine Arts Center, is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. It will be closed March 16-17 and March 23-24, and open by appointment March 18-22. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the museum office at (509) 335-1910.