Museum of Art/WSU, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain
Date: January 24, 2017 - March 11, 2017
Event Description Representing more than forty years of work, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain features a broad selection of sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints, drawn from public and private collections, including the artist’s studio, that affirm this extraordinary artist’s regional, national, and international impact. Personal experiences, cultural engagement and global myths, especially Native American transformation stories, are at the heart of Bartow’s art. Animals and self-portraits populate his iconography, and he was known for astute interpretations of literary, musical and visual sources. Born in 1946, Bartow was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and had close ties with Oregon’s Siletz community. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions and is in numerous public and private collections. A recent career highlight was the completion of We Were Always Here (2012), a monumental pair of sculptures over 20 feet high installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. The renowned artist recently passed away in the spring of 2016. Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain was Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. Curated by Jill Hartz, JSMA Executive Director and Danielle Knapp, JSMA McCosh Associate Curator.