Museum Exhibitions in Bend

Deschutes Historical Museum

Winter Comes: Oregon’s Nordic Ski Heritage  Explore the heritage of Oregon’s Nordic ski traditions. From its prehistoric origins in Scandinavia, Nordic ski culture followed immigrants to Oregon, where they built new lives that included blazing new trails, forming ski clubs, hosting competitions and teaching new generations to love skiing. The exhibition includes artifacts from museums and private collections around the state as well as international loans. Artifacts covering 100 years of skiing in both Scandinavia and Oregon, including a pair of hand carved skis from Norway. There will be replica clothing and ski equipment from the 19th century as well gear and clothing of skiers today.

The exhibition marks the 85th anniversary of Emil Nordeen’s seminal Ft. Klamath to Crater Lake endurance win in 1931 and includes Nordeen’s silver trophy on loan from Sweden. On view November 2 at the Deschutes Historical Museum. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4:30pm.


A6 Studio & Gallery

Opening Japan: Three Centuries of Woodblock Prints A6 presents a private collection of rare antique Japanese prints spanning three centuries. These colorful images of “the floating world” highlight the evolution of Japanese art from 1700s-1900s. These works of art present a varied view of Japanese culture and also capture the creative and social shift that occurred when Japan opened its doors to the West in the 1850s. On view at A6 from September 2 - November 20.

The exhibition is designed to expand our culture understanding and appreciation of Japanese art and culture. Discover the renowned artistry and impeccable craftsmanship of Japan’s great woodcut artists. Featuring master works by Hokusai, Hiroshige, Yoshitoshi and more. The exhibition showcases the enduring beauty of Japanese prints.

A6 Print Studio & Gallery is located in The Box Factory at 550 S.W. Industrial Way. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm, free admission. Exhibition tours available on Saturdays at 4pm for $10/person no RSVP required. Visit A6 Print Studio & Gallery for a full schedule of films, speakers and other cultural programs connected to the exhibition.


High Desert Museum

Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression The Works Progress Administration (WPA) employed millions of unemployed Americans, including artists, musicians and writers, during the Great Depression. The Hoover Dam, Timberline Lodge and LaGuardia Airport are all iconic WPA projects and over 100,000 works of art were also created.

In the spirit of the WPA, three artists (Marie Watt, David Willis and Allan McCollum) have been commissioned to create original works that will be part of the exhibition. Partnerships on programming includes, Central Oregon Symphony, Tower Theatre and Deschutes Public Library. On view through October 2.

Ansel Adams: Masterworks The photography exhibition features a collection of forty-seven photographs by Ansel Adams (1902 -1984). These representative works reveal the importance Adams placed on the drama and splendor of the natural environment. On view xx through January 7.

Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky Explore the evolution and role of smokejumping over the last 70 years and the development of technology that has made aerial firefighting what it is today. The exhibition also tells the broader story of wildland firefighting in the Pacific Northwest and examines some of the major fires in the region over the last 100 years. On view xx through February 12.

Ray Troll: The Buzzsaw Sharks of Long Ago This dynamic exhibition has something for the whole family, featuring kids’ activities, an array of fossils, Troll's original artworks and life-sized sculptures by paleo-sculptor Gary Staab. Learn how art and science can intersect to tell stories of the deep past. On view xx through April 23.

World War II: The High Desert Home Front The exhibition examines the region’s significance of World War II and commemorating the 75th anniversary for the United States. Military artifacts and immersive scenes will showcase wartime experiences of distinct groups of westerners.
The high desert’s remote nature and relatively low population made it central to the war effort. It served as an important site for training camps, military training exercises, Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps and prison camps.

High desert farmers, in particular, needed help harvesting their crops. The Emergency Farm Labor Service recruited a diverse workforce that included Japanese Americans, German prisoners of war, women volunteering with the Women’s Land Army and Victory Farm Volunteers. The exhibition will also examine the Braceros Program and illuminate the experiences of Mexican workers. Opening January 28 and on view through September 2017.

Legendary Landscapes will highlight fascinating stories behind how places got their names. The exhibition will be on view February 18 through September 2017. The public is invited to submit a photo of a favorite lake, mountain or other landscape feature in the High Desert and the story of how it got its name. Museum curators will select which stories will be highlighted in the exhibition. Submission Deadline is October 2.

As an example, the Tam McArthur Rim Trail in Central Oregon is a namesake of Lewis Ankeny "Tam" McArthur (1883–1951). This successful businessman was also the secretary for the Oregon Geographic Board and wrote the book Oregon Geographic Names which lists the origins of place names.

Wildlife programs—porcupines, otters, reptiles, a bobcat—meet them all up close. Raptors of the Desert Sky—hawks, owls and other raptors—soar overhead.  Living History Step back into 1904 and join the Miller Family tending the garden and working the saw mill. Visit the High Desert Museum for more information.