Drawn entirely from the museum’s permanent collection, “Time in Place” explores the concept of place in the Northwest through the lens of time. Visitors are asked to consider a number of questions. How does a place change over time? How do artists’ responses to a specific place change? How do personal experiences affect one's relationship to a region or place? How does knowledge of history impact depictions of place? How has the idea of place changed in an increasingly interconnected world?
The artworks included in this exhibition were selected not simply because they depict a Northwest location, but because they convey a specific sense of time or connect to a period of time unique to our region. Organized both thematically and geographically, the exhibition looks at the legacy of conquest and native resilience as well as the human impact on the land. It also explores broad regions of our area defined more by geological, ecological, and cultural connections than by state boundaries. These regions include the Columbia River Gorge, the Willamette Valley, the High Desert, and the Pacific Coast.