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Subversive Intent: Selections from the Collection Exhibition

March 26 @ 10:00 am - June 29 @ 4:00 pm

Subversive Intent: Selections from the Collection Exhibition

On display from 3/26 through 6/29, Subversive Intent: Selections from the Collection brings together seldom-exhibited works from the museum’s permanent collection including graphic masterpieces by William Hogarth, Francisco Goya, and Honoré Daumier, as well as contemporary works by artists Jenny Holzer, Roger Shimomura, Juventino Aranda, and many others. This exhibition aims to create a dialogue with the politically and socially engaged work of Ed Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, as seen in our concurrent exhibition, Beyond Hope: Kienholz and the Inland Northwest. While the Kienholzes were known as art world provocateurs, both exhibitions move beyond the purely bombastic and confrontational to show another side of subversion, one that is introspective and irreverent as well as surprising.

Throughout history, artists have used humor and critique in their works to draw attention to social issues or simply to entertain. Recognizing their role in reflecting the historical moment, artists often identify, manipulate, or comment upon a period’s wounds, wars, hypocrisies, or other human follies and frailties. At times, their critical eye provides us with the ability to laugh at that which we fear, while elsewhere they help us better see and understand humankind’s shortcomings, raising our awareness in the process. As chroniclers of our times, these expressions of personal temperament or point of view may become asides to an artist’s primary practice while for others it is their life’s work; nevertheless, they are delivered with astute reflection and wry accounting. Our exhibition also makes room for works of a less overt nature, showing the artist as a helpful agitator transforming everyday banalities into unexpected mysteries, subverting expectations of art, artists, and the world we wish to know.


Tuesday through Friday, from 11AM to 2PM

Saturdays: 10AM to 4PM

**Excludes all University holidays



Jun. 30 to Aug. 19, reopens Aug. 20


LOCATION | The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus.


March 26 @ 10:00 am
June 29 @ 4:00 pm
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Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
1535 Wilson Rd.
Pullman, WA 99164 United States
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