Former Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Fellow Melinda McVay presented findings from her dissertation “The Politics of Display—Architects and Museums: John Yeon, James Speyer, and Lina Bo Bardi” in a talk at the Portland Art Museum.
In addition to the homes that Portland native John Yeon designed that helped define regional modernism in the Pacific Northwest, he also created pristine, serene environments for museums in Portland, San Francisco, and Kansas City.
McVay’s talk examined this lesser-known aspect of Yeon’s work, in particular his interpretation of Asian architectural settings for museum displays, and was the last talk in conjunction with the PAM’s exhibition, Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon (May 13 – Sep. 3, 2017), a retrospective look at an Oregon original.
The Museum presented a variety of public programs and tours in conjunction with the exhibition, including the opening lecture by distinguished curator and architecture scholar Barry Bergdoll. Quest for Beauty is accompanied by two books published by the Yeon Center with Monfried Editions, John Yeon: Architecture and John Yeon: Landscape.