Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art to open

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art to open
Artist Jeffry Mitchell’s display, “The Death of Buddha,” features floating elephants. This part of the exhibit explores nature and humanity. (Courtesy: Michael Linder / Daily Evergreen)

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, also known as the Crimson Cube, is opening at noon Friday. The new museum, designed by Jim Olson of Olson Kundig, features six new galleries and 10,000 square feet of gallery space.

The new building will not only be the viewing place for WSU’s permanent art collection, but the Schnitzer collection as well.

“If the experiment we call America is going to survive, it’s because generations of young people will become the problem-solvers the world needs,” wrote Jordan Schnitzer, the building’s main donor. “This new museum will reach out to every student on campus, every young person in the surrounding counties, every adult within hundreds of miles – providing activities that will enrich their hearts, minds and souls.”

The Crimson Cube, as it is affectionately referred to by the staff and directors of the museum, has been in the making for the past 10 years. The design has gone through many changes over that time, said Debby Stinson, Museum of Art marketing and public relations manager.

“Originally, we wanted to put LED screens all over the outside of the museum, to project images and make it a beacon for art on campus,” Stinson said. “However, when we saw the cost of those screens, we went for something different.”

Stinson added that although the screens were no longer a part of the plan, there was still room to make it a beacon, as discovered by the architect of the museum.

“The idea of putting glass around the building made it what we’re looking for,” she said, “and it really reflected the idea that art mirrors life.”

The museum will regularly rotate through its exhibits, showing pieces from both its own collections and the Jordan Schnitzer Collection. Currently, there are several exhibits on display, including “Trimpin’s Ambiente432,” a sound sculpture that makes music through horns activated by motion sensors.

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