Laurel Reed Pavic on Alison Saar

October 04, 2017

Alison Saar, “Muddy Water,” monotype/Courtesy of Paul Mullowney via Oregon ArtsWatch

Lead Faculty of Art History at PNCA, Laurel Reed Pavic, reviews of Alison Saar's exhibition Crepuscular Blue for Oregon ArtsWatch. 

Alison Saar: Racial history and its implications explains the process and thinking behind several of the works in Crepuscular Blue: Prints and Sculpture by Alison Saar from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation currently at the Center for Contemporary Culture (CCAC) at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). 

Pavic notes, "one of Saar’s great strengths [is] her navigation of multiple identities. This strength is a consistent touchstone in Saar’s work and was made abundantly clear in her lecture. ... The results are powerful and thought-provoking." 

Dr. Pavic's research deals with the shaping, manipulation, and presentation of cultural patrimony. Her research has been supported by the American Association of University Women, the Fulbright Program, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. She teaches a variety of courses at PNCA including courses on the multiple, the history of printed matter, modernism, and protest art. She also writes for Oregon ArtsWatch.