Exhibition Announcement

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Western Gallery, Western Washington University

Reception: Sunday, September 30, 1990, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

Western Washington University, Bellingham cordially invites you to meet the artists and view the special exhibition Northwest x Southwest: Painted Fictions 
Reception hosted by The Western Foundation

Cover: Gene Gentry McMahon Good Love Gone Bad, 1987, magna on canvas 40 inches by 54 inches 
Collection by Camilla Nowinski and Alex Erye 

Forty contemporary artists from the Northwest and the Southwest are shown together for the first time in a thematic exhibition focusing on narrative painting of the '80s dealing with personal identity, history and myth, social-political commentary, and symbolical relationship with the landscape. Organized by the Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California, with exclusive showing in Washington State at the Western Gallery with the support, in part, of the Washington State Arts Commission.

Wednesdays at Noon - Public Gallery Tours; Professors from diverse disciplines examine this thematic exhibition.

  • Sept. 26 Dal Symes, Assistant Professor, Wilson Library 
  • Oct. 3 John Richardson, Professor, Sociology
  • Oct. 10 Rodney Payton, Associate Professor, Liberal Studies
  • Oct. 17 Richard Francis, Professor, English 


Nov. 5 - Dec. 8, 1990


This historical show examines artists' work - 1930-1990, from the United States, Europe and Japan, concentrating on work from the '60s and '70s - who in making their art have come in conflict with the law, challenging issues of legality and censorship. The exhibition includes photo-documentation of each work, an artist statement and extensive written documentation of each incident, many of which continued as legal cases. Organized by Exit Art, New York City, this exhibition puts into context recent issues of censorship. Watch for announcements of educational programming in conjunction with this exhibition.



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