Traveling Exhibition: Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Bartow prospectus - Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Creation of Crow, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University is organizing a major retrospective of the work of contemporary Oregon artist Rick Bartow. Featuring 115 drawings, paintings, prints, mixed media, and sculpture, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain will explore nearly a century of the artist’s career, from the 1970s to his most recent work. Following its presentation in Eugene, April 18 – August 9, 2015, the exhibition will be on tour through 2017, and possibly beyond. We invite you to join us in sharing Bartow’s magnificent work with your visitors.

Rather than follow a chronological survey, the exhibition will explore such themes as “Gesture,” “Self,” “Dialogue,” “Tradition,” “Transformation, and “New Work.” Accompanying the exhibition will be a lavishly illustrated catalog. I will address the new work, while my co-curator, Danielle Knapp, McCosh Associate Curator at the JSMA, will discuss the other thematic sections. Lawrence Fong, former curator of American and regional art at the JSMA will examine the impact of Bartow’s New Zealand experience and American Indian heritage.

We are offering the exhibition for a rental fee of $15,000 plus one-way shipping. The fee includes 20 exhibition catalogs, and we will also provide electronic signage, a press kit with high resolution images, condition reports, exhibition guidelines for handling and installation, educational collateral and installation shots. We have traveled numerous exhibitions and would be happy to assist you in any way possible.

A checklist follows with more detailed descriptions and images for the specific sections. We have allocated 4,500 sf for the exhibition, which is estimated to have 400 running feet. It would be possible for a venue to feature fewer works, although all crates will travel with the show.

We are currently reserving the following booking seasons:
OPEN, September 2015 – June 2016
August 14 – December 31, 2016, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM OPEN, Mid-January – Mid-March 2017
April 8 – July 9, 2017, The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
September 29 – December 16, 2017, Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman, WA
OPEN, January – February 2018
March 18 – July 29, 2018, The Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
OPEN, Fall 2018 – Summer 2019

Please feel free to contact me to discuss the exhibition and confirm a booking time. Thank you for your consideration.

Contact: Jill Hartz, Executive Director 541.346.0972

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Download the full exhibition prospectus here (PDF).