Portland State University’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opened on November 7, with around 1,300 visitors at the grand opening.
Linda Tesner, the director and curator, explained that the goal of the opening exhibition, Art for All, was to have “at least one work that resonates at a profound level with every visitor.” She further emphasized, “Everyone is welcome here, no matter what interests you have or what you do.” [VG PSU Vanguard]
On Thursday, November 7, 2019, the new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University will open to the public with the exhibition, Art for All: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, curated by the interim director, Linda Tesner.
The museum will not charge admission to visitors, in hopes of being a welcoming space for university and nonuniversity visitors. In addition, the museum will not have a collection but instead draw from other sources like Jordan Schnitzer’s personal collection, as Tesner did with Art for All. [Oregon’s ArtsWatch]
In early November, Portland State University will open the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the third academic art museum under that name. Others include the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University and theJordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Oregon State. Schnitzer envisions the three museums working together as a consortium.
The museum was made possible by a $4 million gift from Jordan Schnitzer, with a $1 million endowment for a head curator position. Lisa Tesner from Lewis and Clark College has stepped in as an interim director. [The Oregonian/OregonLive]