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Daily Art Moment: Anne Appleby

Living in the Elkhorn Mountains in Montana, Anne Appleby has spent years closely studying the ecology, and more specifically, the trees that surround her land. Known for her “grid” paintings, Appleby paints the changing colors of trees that define their characteristics through seasons. Requiem for a Ponderosa Pine examines the variations of colors of a…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Cheyenne Blanket

Green is a color infrequently seen in most collections of Plains material, which makes this beaded trade blanket all the more striking. The wool blanket, probably received from a trader in exchange for other goods, was embellished in the same manner as a tanned animal hide: a long, beaded strip was attached along the middle,…  Read more

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Virtual Screening: In Silico

The Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum present In Silico. Screens online April 30, 2021, through May 29, 2021. The story of a synthetic human mind as polarizing as its creator. A young filmmaker sets out to document a brilliant neuroscientist who has become frustrated with his field’s status quo. With time elapsing and millions…  Read more

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Painting by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens now on view

New in the galleries! Peter Paul RubensFlemish, 1577–1640The Virgin and Christ Child with Saints Elizabethand John the Baptist, 1611–14Oil on woodPrivate Collection, L2020.36.1 On view through mid-September 2021 In this beautifully rendered scene by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), on loan to the Portland Art Museum from a private collection, the beloved devotional…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Derrick Adams

As warmer weather approaches, we are all dreaming of lazy summer days. This recent acquisition by Derrick Adams captures the pleasures and poignancy of timeless summer afternoons. Using 68 puzzle-cut woodblocks, seven runs of screenprint, and fabric collage, Adams depicts a young boy resting on a gigantic inflatable swan in an expanse of blue water.…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Nomadland

Some folks really love sports. In our house, Oscar Night is the World Series, Stanley Cup, and Super Bowl all rolled into one. We roll out a mangy red carpet, sculpt Oscars out of butter, and crowd around the TV clutching our ballots and falling in love (again, and again) with the power of movies…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Arnold Kemp

Years previously to making this work, I met Lee Ranaldo and Kim Gordon of the band Sonic Youth. Ranaldo introduced his music to me by inviting me to a concert the band was giving in Boston. The band’s 1988 album “Daydream Nation” became a beautiful, resolute, and illuminating source of inspiration. I sought to sustain…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Shaun Peterson

Ravens hold special significance and symbolism in many cultures and traditions, and especially in the Coast Salish peoples of the Pacific Northwest, as seen here in Shaun Peterson’s Circling Ravens II. These birds are woven into art, into storytelling, into deep personal and cultural connections. Peterson, whose Native name is Qwalsius, uses the phrase “traditional…  Read more

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Grief

We have no words that can express the magnitude and range of emotions that our BIPOC community members are feeling following the guilty verdicts handed down this past Tuesday. The news comes both as a relief and reminder of pain as we continue to see the brutal murders of Black and brown people. We hold…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: David Emitt Adams

“As long as people have been in the American West, they have found its barren desert landscapes to be ideal for dumping detritus. Today, the notion of land untouched by humans is so foreign it might as well be make-believe. For pieces in the series Conversations With History, I collect discarded metal objects from massive…  Read more