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Daily Art Moment: Brenda Mallory

The act of cutting something apart down to its core, effectively destroying its original function, but then reforming into a beautiful lush object reflects my interest in how things that are broken or disrupted are often still viable and lively. —Brenda Mallory, 2019 Brenda Mallory’s mixed media work, Proximate Parcels, is striking in many ways.…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Shima Tamami

Oregonians have been asked to pause social gatherings to help curb the spike in COVID-19 cases across our state over the next two weeks. How can we step outside in our imaginations instead? Both the beauty found in this piece by Shima Tamami and the honking of geese and flitting of birds outside our windows…  Read more

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Celebrate Portland Book Festival with virtual pop-up readings, Raven Leilani talk, Zoom Happy Hour

During the month of November, Literary Arts celebrates authors and Portland’s community of readers through a virtual edition of their annual Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America.  Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.   For the past five…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Don Unrau

Don Unrau served as a U.S. Army Combat Medic in Vietnam. He made his first photographs during the war, and has concentrated his photographic attention on veterans, conflict, and the aftermath of war ever since. Between 1984 and 1989, he invited Vietnam War veterans to express personal reflections—handwritten thoughts, poems, prayers, and essays about their…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Childe Hassam

Fall is deepening in the Northwest, and the natural world is letting go in preparation for winter. Amid the shifting social, political, racial, and economic hardships we are facing as a community, our seasons are shifting as well, offering us invitations to write and reflect on change. Childe Hassam’s New England Road captures this shifting…  Read more

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A Question of Color

Dr. Ethan Johnson is the chair of Portland State University’s Black Studies Department and works across multiple fields of study related to the experiences of people of African descent. He will facilitate In Dialogue: A Question of Color on Nov. 12, a sold-out discussion in conjunction with Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Will Barnet

“On Monday, curator Grace Kook-Anderson shared Jacob Lawrence’s inspiring image of voters, a screenprint he prepared for the Kent Bicentennial portfolio. As she notes, the commissioned artists were asked to respond to the question, ‘What does independence mean to you?’. Reviewing the portfolio in ‘The New York Times’ in 1976, one critic cited Barnet’s image…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Jacob Lawrence

“Jacob Lawrence depicts the African-American experience of citizens in an election from the 1920s. With a complex, angular composition of figures and strikingly primary colors, the scene we see is a moment of humble but powerful action in the act of making a vote. Elders wait patiently in line, a woman comforts her infant child,…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Gonzalo Fonseca

This Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, is U.S. Election Day. We Oregonians fill out our ballots at home, return them by mail or by drop box, and then we wait. The results—the decisions we will have made collectively as communities and as a country—will likely have reverberations here at home, at our very own kitchen tables.…  Read more

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Artists Carrie Mae Weems and Marie Watt among new slate of Museum trustees

The Portland Art Museum welcomed prominent artists Carrie Mae Weems and Marie Watt to its Board of Trustees in its virtual annual meeting earlier this month.  “I am so honored and excited that Carrie Mae Weems and Marie Watt accepted our invitation to help lead our institution at this crucial time,” said Brian Ferriso, Director…  Read more