Mirror Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

UNT Art Gallery
March 8, 2019 to May 11, 2019

CVAD announces the inaugural exhibition in the new UNT Art Gallery, located in the new wing of the CVAD Building. This exhibition features sculptures and prints from 1991 to the present by Los Angeles-based artist Alison Saar. Saar’s sculptures, assemblages and prints meditate on a range of experiences related to the African diaspora and explore the body as a site of identity. 


Virtual Tour with Alison Saar

Artist's Lecture
Southern Graphic Council International 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
Friday, March 8, 3:30-4:30 pm
University Union, Room 314

Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, March 8, 5-7 pm
UNT Art Gallery and CVAD Courtyard

Director's Tour
See the exhibition with Gallery Director and Curator Tracee Robertson
Thursday, April 11, 7 pm

About the Exhibition

The exhibition Mirror Mirror reflects the vast body of prints created by Alison Saar over the past 35 years. Addressing issues of race, gender and spirituality, Saar’s lithograph, etching and woodblock prints are evocations of her sculptures, for which she is renowned. Saar’s sculptures often depict powerful figures, carved from wood or cast in bronze, that are articulated with found objects – material artifacts that enrich the work with a narrative all their own. As a practice maintained in connection to and in tandem with her sculpture making, Saar undertakes printmaking with the same tangible approach to unconventional materials and methods. Cast off objects like old chair backs and found ceiling tin become the foundations for etching or lithography plates. Carved wooden panels used for woodblock prints echo similar techniques established in her hewn wooden forms. In addition to printing on paper, Saar employs a variety of used fabrics like vintage handkerchiefs, old shop rags and antique sugar sacks that are layered, cut, sewn and collaged – empowering the content of the image and resisting the flat repetitive nature of the medium. In the subjects and materials of both sculptures and prints, as Lucy Lippard has observed, Alison Saar pursues the extraordinary concealed in the ordinary.

Exhibition Catalogue

A full-color, hard bound exhibition catalogue containing a print catalogue raisonne will be published in conjunction with the exhibition and available for sale at the opening reception and later at Barnes and Nobel in the UNT Student Union.

About the Artist

Alison Saar’s sculptures, assemblages and prints meditate on a range of experiences related to the African diaspora. Referencing African, Caribbean and Latin American folk art and spirituality in her work, Saar often alludes to fabled narratives or rituals that help shape personal notions of history and identity. A native of Los Angeles, Saar earned her BA at Scripps College and her MFA at Otis Art Institute in California. She has earned numerous public art commissions and prestigious awards. Represented by LA Louver Gallery, Alison Saar’s work is in public collections throughout the US and has been exhibited in museums and at universities nationwide and internationally. 


This exhibition is made possible by The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the UNT Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Art Series, SGC International, and the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design.

About the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into a lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection exceeds 13,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country’s largest private print collections. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions. The Foundation has organized over 110 exhibitions and has had art exhibited at over 150 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Harsch Investment Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland, Oregon, owning and managing office, multi-tenant industrial, multi-family and retail properties in six western states. For more information about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, please visit jordanschnitzer.org.