Visual Arts Talk

Modernism in Northwest Art with Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson
Admission $15 ~ All proceeds go to Hoffman Center for the Arts
Saturday, January 28 | 1:30-3:00
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
Proof of COVID vaccine required | masks recommended



Modernism in Northwest Art



When and how did the modernist movement in fine art, especially painting, come to the Pacific Northwest? Who were the leaders of the new movement, where did they find their inspiration. and how did it permanently change the way our region’s artists worked and art institutions functioned?  What does it mean to be an artist working at the leading edge of one’s time? These and other topics will be explored in this hour-plus-long visual presentation followed by an audience question and answer period. Learn about the influence of Anna B. Crocker, curator of the Portland Art Museum and founder of the Museum Art School. Her cottage still stands in Neahkahnie, and her influence significantly impacted the Northwest’s acceptance of this revolutionary new art movement. Explore the work of artists including: C.S. Price, Maude Kerns, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Carl Morris, Amanda Snyder, and Louis Bunce. Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson is the retired Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum.

This talk is in preparation for a February lecture and Hoffman Gallery exhibition of artwork by
Netarts modernist John Stahl (1937-2017.

Artist Credits- from top left to right:
Amanda Snyder (American, 1894-1980), Abstraction #4, ca. 1965, oil on burlap, 40 1/2 in x 36 in, Gift of John D. Gray. Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 2013.35.5

Louis Bunce (American, 1907-1983), Bay Composition #2, 1950, oil on canvas, 37 3/4 in x 50 in, Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund. Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, © Louis Bunce, 51.227

C.S. Price (American, 1874-1950), Indian Woman and Children, 1938, oil on canvas, 35 3/8 in x 34 1/2 in, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration. New Deal Art Project. Image courtesy Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, L42.21

Mark Tobey (American, 1890-1976), Untitled, 1964, gouache on paper, image: 27 1/4 in x 38 3/4 in, Gift of Wells Fargo Bank. Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, © Mark Tobey / Seattle Art Museum, 2000.21