March 25, 2023 - August 20, 2023
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Glenn Ligon: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
This exhibition brings together works on paper by Glenn Ligon, which explore how constructions of blackness in the United States infuse popular culture, literature and history.
The artworks engage the entangled histories of race, literature, and culture, with a broad range of references from slave narratives to children’s coloring books. Together, they poignantly articulate the role of language and popular culture in the structuring of the self—and society—in both the past and present.
All works in this exhibition are editions from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.
Featured Artwork: Glenn Ligon, Warm Broad Glow (reversed), 2007, Photogravure aquatint on Somerset paper, S. 24.5 x 35.5 inches (62.2 x 90.2 cm) I. 16 x 26.5 inches (40.6 x 67.3 cm), Edition of 35 with 10 APs; © Glenn Ligon; Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris.
About Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Jordan Schnitzer is a renowned art collector who started collecting contemporary art at age 14. With a collection that exceeds 20,000 works and includes many of today’s leading contemporary artists, it has grown to be one of the country’s largest and finest private collections—particularly famous for its expansive collection of prints and multiples. His foundation, the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, generously lends works to qualified institutions and has organized more than 160 exhibitions of art from his collections, which have been exhibited in over 120 museums. To learn more about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, please visit: jordanschnitzer.org.
“Waking up each day without art around me would be like waking up without the sun. When you live with art around you, your mind and soul are filled with the beauty of life and the creativity of the human spirit.” - Jordan Schnitzer
Glenn Ligon: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation is curated by Dr. Rachel Nelson, Director, Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz and Professor Jennifer González, History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz, with assistance of Madison Treece for the UC Santa Cruz Institute of Arts and Science. The exhibition was organized in partnership with the UC Santa Cruz Institute of Arts and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
Presented by Jordan Schnitzer and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. Sponsored by Microsoft, Rebecca A. Lyman in honor of her mother Eloise B. Armen, 4Culture, Laura Dillaway, ArtsWA, City of Bellevue, Cathay Bank, and ArtsFund. Media Partners: The Seattle Times, The Stranger, 425Magazine, KCTS9, KNKX.
Bellevue Arts Museum is generously supported by its donors and members.