Henk Pander: Memory and Modern Life

Visiting Scholar Lecture

March 9, 2011

Dr. Roger Hull (Professor of Art History emeritus and Faculty Curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University), will present a lecture entitled “Henk Pander: Memory and Modern Life” followed by a discussion with Henk Pander himself.

This talk is presented on the occasion of the exhibition of the same title at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art (through March 27) which surveys the range of Pander’s oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from the late 1950s to 2010. It is the most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted of the work of this important Oregon artist. Dr. Hull is the author of Henk Pander: Memory and Modern Life, the catalog for this show, which will be available for sale and signature at the presentation.

Sponsored by PNCA Liberal Arts Department, Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University & Storefront Theatre.

About Henk Pander
Henk Pander has lived in Oregon for 45 years, but to this day describes himself as a “reluctant immigrant” from his native Holland. He was born in Haarlem in 1937 and studied painting at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam from 1956 to 1961. Arriving in Portland in 1965, he observed the cross currents of the American cultural scene of the 1960s with the fascination yet detachment of a European émigré.

In the decades since, Pander has maintained his cultural double vision: he documents and interprets American technology, materialism, topography, and disaster in paintings and drawings that recall the grand tradition of Dutch painting extending back to Rembrandt and Frans Hals. At the same time, drawing upon his childhood memories in Holland and periodic visits to his home country, he frequently paints European scenes and subjects as well. His painted narratives range from his memories of Nazi-occupied Holland, to the NASA space center at Cape Canaverel, to the burning of the New Carissa off the Oregon coast. Combining personal and art historical memory with the subject matter of modern life, Henk Pander creates works that are profound in their seriousness, dramatic intensity, and expressive power.

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