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Daily Art Moment: Édouard Vuillard

Artist Édouard Vuillard found inspiration from the people closest at hand, as seen in our current special exhibition, Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, 1889–1900. Vuillard’s mother, Madame Marie Vuillard, was a constant in her son’s life and in his art. More than 500 paintings in which she is depicted,…  Read more

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In Memoriam, Nani Warren

The Portland Art Museum shares with sadness the passing of Nani Warren. Nani was a Life Trustee in honor of her extraordinary contributions and recognized for her distinguished service. She and her late husband Bob Warren were Museum members for nearly half a century. “Nani was a dear friend to this Museum, this community, and…  Read more

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Celebrate PAM’s 129th birthday with Miller Family Free Day—gifts welcome

December 12, 2021, 10 a.m – 5 p.mTickets reservations are available beginning December 8 The Portland Art Museum announced today that it will celebrate its 129th birthday by welcoming all visitors for free on December 12, 2021. The Museum was founded as the Portland Art Association on December 12, 1892, and for well over a…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Trude Parkinson

Emerging Zodiac is an exceptional example of Parkinson’s work and her dedicated interest in the human body in relation to the greater cosmos. The model of the dancing figure is artist Eiko Otake, a movement-based, interdisciplinary artist who has performed several times @picapdx. Inspired by Otake’s movements, Parkinson has documented these performances. Emerging Zodiac is…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Pierre Bonnard

As the current Private Lives exhibition makes clear, the Nabis artists loved depicting children. Not only were they part of the artists’ intimate family circles, but children also offered an example of how to view the world with a fresh perspective. Drawing inspiration from Pierre Bonnard’s Family Scene, we invite you to write from the…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Marie Watt

Seneca artist Marie Watt created Companion Species: Ferocious Mother and Canis Familiaris with the help of over 200 people who participated in two sewing circles. These collective efforts generated a powerful piece filled with energy and hope. The holiday season can be a time of collective joy and togetherness; it can also be a painful…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Gail Tremblay

In this piece by Onondaga and Mi’kmaq artist Gail Tremblay, 35 mm film finds new life, transformed into a woven basket. Tremblay adapts Indigenous weaving practices, traditionally used to make ash splint and sweetgrass baskets, to this new medium. She “enjoys the notion of recycling film and gaining control over a medium that had historically…  Read more

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Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Viewing Guide

Goddesses and Queens Queen Nefertari’s Egypt features many representations of goddesses—from the large sculptures of Sekhmet and Mut in the introductory gallery to small amulets and mirrors decorated with the face of the goddess Hathor. Sometimes ancient Egyptian queens took on the status of goddesses after their deaths, as in the case of Queen Ahmose-Nefertari,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Private Lives

After resetting the clocks and settling in for a dark winter, I am reminded of the many scenes of lamplight in the exhibition Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, 1889–1900. Families gathered around oil lamps, candles, or the hearth in tenebrous Parisian apartments. Each artist in the exhibition brought a…  Read more

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Mary Boyle and Kaberi Banerjee Murthy Join Board of Trustees

The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center welcomed two dynamic community leaders to its Board of Trustees last week during its virtual annual meeting—Mary Boyle and Kaberi Banerjee Murthy.  “We are so glad to welcome Mary and Kaberi to our Portland Art Museum community,” said Museum Director Brian Ferriso. “Our board, staff, and the…  Read more