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Philbrook Museum Opens ‘Amazing! Works’ Exhibit


ARTIST AND COLLECTOR: Jordan D. Schnitzer, left, owner of one of the nation’s largest contemporary print collections, and Mel Bochner, an American artist, stand before one of the Conceptual Abstract Art pieces by Bochner.  Bochner’s Book “Amazing! Mel Bochner Prints,” can be purchased at the Philbrook Gift Shop.

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Philbrook Museum of Art has opened the exhibit, Amazing! Works, featuring Mel Bochner prints from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation on. The exhibit runs through Jan. 6, 2019.

Mel Bochner, an American artist born in 1940, is recognized as one of the leading figures in the development of Conceptual Art in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Emerging at a time when painting was increasingly discussed as outmoded, Bochner became part of a new generation of artists which also included Eva Hesse, Donald Judd and Robert Smithson – artists, who, like Bochner were looking at ways of breaking with abstract expressionism and traditional compositional devices.

Bochner pioneering introduction of the use of “language” in the visual led Harvard University Art Historian Benjamin Buchloh to describe his 1966 Working Drawings as “probably the first truly conceptual exhibition.”

The collection of Schnitzer showing at Philbrook includes massive monoprints with collages, engravings and embossments on hand-dyed twinrocker handmade paper, as well as other pieces by Bochner.

Bochner came of age during the second half of the 1960s, a moment of radical change, both in society at large as well as in art. While painting slowly lost its preeminent position in modern art, language moved from talking about art to “becoming part of art itself.” Bochner has consistently probed the conventions of both painting and of language, the way we construct and understand them and the way they relate to one another to make us more attentive to the unspoken codes that underpin our engagement with the world.  

In 1968, Bochner earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology and in 2005 an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

Schnitzer is a native Oregonian and a graduate of the University of Oregon. He received his doctorate degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.  Shortly thereafter, he began working at his family’s business. 

Following his family’s commitment to support art and culture, Schnitzer has created one of the nation’s largest contemporary print collections, which is shared with the public. He and his family foundation have funded and organized more than 90 exhibitions from his collection which has traveled to more than 72 museums, including exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, the Bellevue Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, the Detroit Institute of Art,  Philbrook Museum and many others.

Schnitzer’s Andy Warhol, In Living Color, and Contemporary Printmaking exhibit was at Phibrook in October 2015 through January 2016.

Schnitzer had only praise for the Philbrook Museum, the Gathering Place and commented that the Jenks Aquarium was “world class.”

Philbrook is located at 2727 S. Rockford Rd. in Tulsa.

Updated 11-16-2018

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