This week the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, opens an exhibition celebrating the collection of Arlene and the late Harold Schnitzer, arts patrons and philanthropists who have had a profound impact on Portland.

The Schnitzers built their collection for more than fifty years and eventually collected some two thousand works of art, focusing mainly on Han dynasty Chinese art, nineteenth- and twentieth-century silver, Native American baskets and beaded bags, and contemporary Northwest paintings. The exhibition and its catalogue include over a hundred highlights from the Schnitzers’ diverse collection, many of which are promised or have already been given to the museum.

Marquand Books produced the catalogue, In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy, which features an interview with Arlene Schnitzer by PAM chief curator Bruce Guenther and essays by curators Maribeth Graybill, Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, and Deana Dartt. The 192-page book was designed by John Hubbard and includes 150 full-color illustrations.

In Passionate Pursuit will be on view at PAM through January 11, 2015. To purchase copies of the book, visit the University of Washington Press.


Photography by Jeremy Linden