Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery
youniverse—past, present, future
Selected Works by Tad Savinar
From Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
January 17—March 5, 2017
The collection, rather than being a survey of Tad Savinar’s four-decade studio practice, focuses on two bodies of his work: prints, paintings, and sculpture created between 1994 and 2011; and works conceived in Florence, Italy, in 2014 and others that followed into 2016. As described in Pictures that Talk, a book about the exhibit written by Hoffman Gallery Director and Curator Linda Tesner and funded by the Ford Family Foundation:
Each piece delivers a sucker-punch to the viewer (albeit with a velvet glove), and asks viewers to engage with the work and the artist in a dialogue about the complexities of the human experience, both sacred and profane.
“I am interested in creating a dialogue between the work and the viewer. Not a one-way diatribe but a genuine back-and-forth conversation. In order to achieve this, I use the tool of beauty to bring the viewer closer, language to engage them, content that is relevant to their lives, and irony to soften the blow.” — Tad Savinar
Reception for the Artist
Sunday, January 22
Sunday, February 26
“Responsibility and Relevance: The Role of the Artist in an Ever-Changing Contemporary World”
This exhibition is generously funded by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission, and The Ford Family Foundation. The book Pictures that Talk is published on the occasion of the exhibition and was generously funded by The Ford Family Foundation. The book will be available for sale at the Hoffman Gallery and a PDF of the publication is available online.
About the Hoffman Gallery
Opened in 1997, the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College emphasizes work at the forefront of the contemporary tradition: challenging, provocative, and international in scope. Learn about previous exhibitions or plan a visit to the gallery.