Bonnie Bronson: Works 1960–1990

Sep 1, 2011 - Oct 9, 2011


Free and open to the public.


Bonnie Bronson: Works 1960–1990 is the first major showing of her work in nearly two decades, since the Portland Art Museum’s posthumous survey in 1993. A comprehensive exploration of her entire body of work, including nearly 60 pieces, the exhibition includes two of the large Jas series (1979), a memorial to her son, shown together for the first time since their creation and a reconstruction of Kassandra, a monumental cardboard wall sculpture only shown once at Blackfish Gallery in 1980.

The exhibition will include many drawings and paintings on paper, the majority of which have never been exhibited. In archiving the contents of the Estate, a cache of some six dozen unexhibited works was discovered, packed for nearly thirty years, spanning her student years to the early 1980s.

The depth of material in Bonnie Bronson: Works 1960–1990 offers a view of her oeuvre more complex than what has been seen before; indeed she was much more productive than many people imagined, and it may be seen, too, that her talents could fairly have been called mercurial.

A First Thursday opening will be held on September 1, from 6-8 pm.

This exhibition was organized by Randal Davis and The Bonnie Bronson Estate. A catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition.

Major exhibition support provided by The Ford Family Foundation and the Wyss Foundation.

Related Exhibitions
This Fall, several other affiliated exhibitions will take place throughout Portland.

Bonnie Bronson Fellows: 20 Years
September 7–December 11
Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College

David Eckard: Deployment</i>
October 2–December 11
Art Gym at Marylhurst University</p>

The Bonnie Bronson Collection
dates to be determined
Cooley Gallery at Reed College

David Eckard: White Box Deployment
September 20–November 12
White Box at University of Oregon–Portland

Bonnie Bronson: Early Works – Painting, Sculpture, Works on Paper</i>
October 6–29
Elizabeth Leach Gallery</p>

Portland Art Museum
The Museum will honor the 20th anniversary of the Bonnie Bronson Fund by exhibiting three Bonnie Bronson sculptures from the Museum’s permanent collection in the Northwest Galleries on the fourth floor of the Hoffman Wing.