March 25, 2023 - August 20, 2023
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Strange Weather: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) presents Strange Weather: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, an exhibition featuring contemporary artworks which explore the relationships and boundaries between bodies and the environment. Co-organized by UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences Director Dr. Rachel Nelson and Professor Jennifer González, Visual Studies, Strange Weather will be on view in our 3rd floor galleries from March 25 through August 20, 2023.
The artworks in Strange Weather span five decades, from 1970-2020, and include works by some of the most influential artists in the United States today, including Lorna Simpson, Edgar Heap of Birds, Kehinde Wiley, Carlos Amorales, Kiki Smith, Hung Liu, Julie Mehretu, Leonardo Drew, Joe Feddersen, Wendy Red Star, and Alison Saar.
“For Strange Weather, we selected artworks from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation with climate change weighing heavily on our minds.” Dr. Nelson explains. “While this is certainly not a didactic exhibition, living through wildfires and drought motivated us to explore the impressive collections of over 16,000 objects for the different aesthetic approaches artists use to illuminate the histories, experiences, and socio-political contexts that lead to this moment.”
“It has been such a pleasure to work with my colleague Rachel Nelson in selecting works by some extraordinary contemporary artists,” Prof. González adds. “The exhibition provides a glimpse of the richness of contemporary art, and its capacity to enliven both our understanding of human history and the critical questions facing us today.”
Featured Art: Kehinde Wiley (American b. 1977) The World Stage: Brazil: Marechal Floriano Peixoto II, 2012; © Kehinde Wiley. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
Image: Aaron Wessling Photography
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
Strange Weather: 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, KCTS 9, KNKX.
Bellevue Arts Museum is generously supported by its donors and members.