SPOKANE, Wash. – The Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University will feature works with the themes of carnivals, circuses, and carousels in the Arcade Gallery. This exhibit of prints and photographs titled “Damn Everything but the Circus…” opens Aug. 17 and runs through Nov. 17.
Thomas Schofield Handforth’s lithographs from his travels to China during the 1930s capture the spirit of Chinese circus acrobats, animals, and equestrians. Carnivals, balloons, carousels, Ferris wheels, and midways are highlighted with impressions of Coney Island, N.Y., and Paris. American artist Reginald Marsh captures the darkly comedic side of the circus in his etching “The Barker.” Harlequins, clowns, ringmasters, and sideshow curiosities round out the exhibit.
Other works on display are by artists Gifford Beal, Maurice Brianchon, Michael Ciry, Robert Doisneau, Hananiah Harari, Riva Helfond, Corita Kent, Chet La More, Paul Landacre, Maxine Martell, Elizabeth Olds, Ambrose Patterson, Georges Rouault, Georges L. Schreiber, Harry Shoker, and Claire van Vliet. A free public walk-through with Karen Kaiser, interim director, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19.
Continuing in the Jundt Galleries is a new series of summer exhibitions titled “Close-In,” featuring works by regional artists. The inaugural exhibition, titled “Out of order/in-between,” is an installation by Spokane artist and art instructor Thomas O’Day. The exhibition opened July 5 and runs through Aug. 31.
The museum’s exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon- 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Summer hours until Aug. 25 are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays and school holidays. For more information, please contact Karen Kaiser, interim director at (509) 313-6613 or via e-mail.