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Lecture | The Rose City and the Big Apple: Louis Bunce and the Art of Modern Times
Start Date: 1/20/2017Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 1/20/2017End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description
Join Professor Emeritus of Art History and Senior Faculty Curator Roger Hull as he explores the art of Oregon artist Louis Bunce (1907-1983) in light of the dualism of the Northeast and the Northwest that underlies his originality as an American modern artist.

This lecture is offered in conjunction with the opening of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's major retrospective exhibition "Louis Bunce: Dialogue with Modernism" taking place in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery between Jan. 20 and March 26, 2017. 


Louis Bunce made himself an artist in response to two cities, the Rose City of Portland, Oregon, and the Big Apple—New York, New York. In Portland, he learned first-year fundamentals at the Museum Art School (now Pacific Northwest College of Art) in 1925-1926. In New York in 1927-1931, he took classes at the Art Students League with Max Weber, Boardman Robinson, and others.  He was on-site when the Museum of Modern Art opened in 1929, and the works in the inaugural exhibition by Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Seurat impressed him forever more. It was in New York that he met Jackson Pollock, like Bunce born in Wyoming and raised in the west. Lou and Jack, as they called each other, became life-long friends. New York provided “the scene” for American modern art, and Bunce loved his on-going affiliation with the scene, interacting with it for long and short periods until the end of his life. 

Portland provided its own art scene, in which Bunce flourished, and it served as Bunce’s portal to Oregon at large, which added scenery to the scene. Bunce’s originality as an artist resides in this full engagement with both the evolving currents of New York School modernism and the natural world of Oregon so dramatically at hand in the formations, floes, and light of the coast, the Columbia River Gorge, the Coast Range, the cliffs and ravines of the Cascades and the terrain of the interior.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Phone: 503-370-6855
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Admission / Ticket Info:
This lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture will be followed by a Hallie Ford Museum of Art Members Reception at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art between 6 and 8 p.m. Admission is complimentary for museum members and invited guests, and a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. For more information call 503-370-6855.

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