Strange Weather

Strange Weather

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 24 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, among others.

“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; 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

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