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Cinema Unbound Drive-In at Zidell Yards

The Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum are creatively collaborating during these socially distanced times to connect with audiences and bring innovative film and new media exhibitions to our community. The Cinema Unbound Drive-In, running August 6–September 27, 2020, welcomes guests to safely gather and experience the power that truly radical and entertaining cinematic…  Read more

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Re:Imagine Artist Fund

The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center announce The Re:Imagine Artist Fund, an expanded initiative to support visual, cinema arts, and new media artists, both to provide immediate assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to sustain their creative practices long-term. The Fund will provide emergency relief grants and longer-term sustainability grants, as…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: James Lavadour

Writing invites us into other worlds and allows us to smell, taste, see, feel what it might be like to be in a place. This week, we invite you to spend some time with Salamander by James Lavadour and see what stepping into this landscape offers as inspiration. Before or after you write, take some…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Lee Chunghie

“Fiber artist Lee Chunghie transforms the traditional Korean textile form known as bojagi into wearable art and wall installations. Bojagi became popular in the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) as a frugal way to repurpose fabric scraps, quilting them together to create new and often beautiful cloths that could be used for wrapping objects. Lee’s practice recognizes…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Claes Oldenburg

“We all deserve a treat during the dog days of August, and who better to serve it up than artworld prankster, Claes Oldenburg? Oldenburg humorously transforms familiar things through shifts in scale and media. In this work, the fleshy letters that form a melting ice cream bar recall his soft canvas sculptures from the previous…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: John Lewis: Good Trouble

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media John Lewis: Good TroubleDirected by Dawn PorterSee John Lewis: Good Trouble at the Cinema Unbound Drive-In at Zidell Yards. We are honored to show Dawn Porter’s incredible new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble opening weekend at NWFC & PAM’s Cinema Unbound Drive-In on August…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Marie Watt

In her practice, Marie Watt maintains these inquiries that guide her work: “There are two questions that are an ongoing part of my work. One is asking people to reflect on a special blanket or piece of cloth and consider sharing the story with another. I am also interested in the question, ‘What would the…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Rick Bartow

Writing continues to be a powerful way to engage with, and be inspired by, visual art. This week, we invite you to spend some time with Quiet One by Rick Bartow and see what stories it evokes for you. Before or after you write, take some time to learn about Bartow’s life and art.⠀ We…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Tōdaiji Scriptorium

“The Avatamsaka (or Flower Garland) sutra is one of the best-known texts of Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia, describing a radiant, mystical universe of infinite realms. This fragment was created in the 740s as part of a set of sixty scrolls of the Avatamsaka sutra for Tōdaiji, the Great Eastern Temple of Nara. Elegantly calligraphed…  Read more

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Virtual Residency: Malia Jensen

The Portland Art Museum and NW Film Center is pleased to introduce an artist-in-residence series launching with an online presentation of Malia Jensen’s Nearer Nature: Worth Your Salt. As part of reimagining our work with artists in the COVID-19 era, we are exploring new ways of presenting works by contemporary visual, cinema, and new media…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story

From Ben Popp, NWFC Head of Artist Services I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster StoryDirected by Michael ArthurI, Pastafari is available to stream online via Amazon Prime, Vimeo, and iTunes. There are many religions in this world, many of whom possess large amounts of faithful followers, each guided by particular teachings and worshiping a deity,…  Read more

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Podcast: Auto Immune Response—Will Wilson’s Photographic Past, Present, and Future

Will Wilson is a trans-customary Diné artist whose work explores Native ideas of the future blended with the past. Though Wilson is mostly known as a photographer, his work also encompasses installation, mixed media, and digital media. Anyone following the Portland Art Museum for the past few years might also recognize Wilson from an exhibition…  Read more