Currently on View

We went to “the Museum” last night…in our neighborhood that would be the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.  There’s a loaned Andre Derain oil on view that is lovely, “Montreuil-Sur-Mer…Derain a fauvist who painted often with Matisse, was 29 when he painted this.


Plus a nice Robert Rauschenberg screenprint from 1970, “Features from Currents”…a 2014 gift from Chan Beals to the museum.

Features From Currents, 1970

We also saw Willamette faculty member photographer Alexandra Opie’s show Echo…she’s been working for a couple of years with Collodian and Daguerreotype processes and the photos, all portraits, combine layers using 1870’s orginal photos superimposed on 2014/15 persons.  My favorites were the self portraits…(here keep in mind the additional layer of glass and reflection in well-lit a museum setting…)


Alexandra 6

Alexandra 3

Alexandra 5Alexandra 4Alexandra 1


and of course this portrait of favorite former student Reva Main with unfortunately me in there too…


We also took in the student show and I liked the Kassie McKay drawings…just white paper and a fine point pen.  In her statement about the drawings she speaks of the LONG process and the shifting thoughts about the objects and the context, drawings influenced by a year studying abroad and traveling light, plus examining her surroundings closely…

Kassie McKay

I liked these photos of the wood process, tree to lumber…and I thought I had noted this artist’s name but did not…apologies.  Better get over and see these shows…


But we were really in the museum for the gala moment celebrating the graduation and completed theses of 13 (!) graduating art history majors…it was a fun evening…


a delicious meal and then the fun of guessing the art historical references in some tableaus…


I bet you figured this was Michelangelo’s “Pieta”, right?  How about this one?



  1. Good eye…the label for this painting on view was written by one of the art history seniors…Matthew Swart…who states that in 1907 Derain’s dealer Kahnweiler bought all of Derain’s work, giving him the money to move to Montmartre in Paris to be near his contemporaries Picasso and Cezanne, and to enter a period of experimentation with cubism. Derain began by banishing the horizon line and breaking the picture planeup, as we can see here…really a nice painting and a very good size…not huge but not tiny…maybe 3.5 by 2.5? (The label doesn’t list the dimensions.)

  2. Derain is one of my very favortes, so you’ve managed to put me in orbit (again today)! Love the bit of history you included about the how of how he got to Paris.
    I actually made a journey to Collioure, just to see what all the fuss was about.

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