Museum of Art Opens Fall Series with ‘The Raw and the Cooked’ at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — “The Raw and the Cooked: A Cabinet of Curiosities from the Collections of Washington State University” will open the WSU Museum of Art’s fall series of events and exhibits Sept. 4.

The exhibit, running through Oct. 14, is based on the 17th-century concept of the “wunderkammer” or “cabinet of curiosities” which contained collections of strange and unfamiliar objects brought home by early European explorers. Some objects are fossils, carvings, plants, animals, stuffed mermaids and unicorn horns.

“The Raw and the Cooked” draws from the diverse collections of more than 14 museums, including the WSU museum. The exhibition widens the definition of art, ranging from unusual fungi to rare sheet music to a two-headed cow.

A panel discussion and opening reception will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Fine Arts Center. Faculty members from departments participating in the exhibition will discuss their respective collections in the panel.

“Not for Cooking Only,” a youth workshop, is set for Sept. 8. Presented in conjunction with “The Raw and the Cooked,” the free workshop will introduce children in grades kindergarten through fifth to the ancient art of gyotaku (fish printing).

Working with artist and museum education coordinator Lina Quock, children will learn the history of the art and identify parts of a fish. Participants will have an opportunity to create fish prints of trout, blue gill, carp and others. Grades K-2 will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and grades 3-5 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Preregister by calling Pullman Parks and Recreation, 509/334-4555, Ext. 228.

Also in conjunction with the museum exhibit, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…” will be held Oct. 13. The workshop, taught by Quock, will be held for middle and high school students to create fun and functional art. Participants will make a mirror sculpture using a combination of materials provided by the museum and embellishments brought from home. Grades 6-8 will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and grades 9-12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Preregister by calling Pullman Parks and Recreation, 509/334-4555. Ext. 228.

The museum will hold its annual Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition Oct. 29-Dec. 16. The exhibition is of recent work in various media by current and retired faculty members from the Department of Fine Arts. Artists expected to be featured include Emily Blair, Marc Boone, Ann Christenson, Tim Doebler, Jack Dollhausen, Kevin Haas, Tamara Helm, Francis Ho, Carol Ivory, Pamela Lee, Paul Lee, Amy Mooney, Christine Nelson, Phuong Nguyen, Casey Shiprek, Patrick Siler, Chris Watts and Keith Wells.

Visitors also can expect to see works by well-known emeritus faculty artists Ross Coates, Sandy Deutchman, Robert Helm and Keith Monaghan, who has been showing in the exhibition for more than 50 years. Mooney, art historian and faculty member in the fine arts department, will speak at the exhibition’s opening reception at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Fine Arts Center.

“Art á la Carte” will be held five Thursdays during October and November at 12:10 p.m. in the Compton Union Building Cascade Room 123. For 20 years the brown-bag luncheon lecture series has featured scholars, artists, poets and other enthusiasts from the campus and community. This fall’s series includes ethnoarchaeologist Brenda Bowser, artist Marilyn Lysohir, Mooney and museum curator of exhibitions Roger Rowley, among others. Complete details will be announced later.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on home football game Saturdays, but will be closed for Veteran’s Day, Nov. 12, and for Thanksgiving break, Nov. 17-18 and 22-25. It is open by appointment only Nov. 19-21. For updated program information, call the museum office at 509/335-1910 or visit the Web site at