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Daily Art Moment: M.E. Norton

As the old adage reminds us, March roars in like a lion and out like lamb. This poster advertising the March 1895 edition of The Bookman makes witty reference to this saying with bold graphic style. The undulating lines around the lion seem to amplify its might roar, while the small lamb at its feet…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Katherine Bradford

As we officially welcome spring and the bounty of beauty it offers, we are also reminded to pause, to reflect, and to honor all that has happened since spring last arrived, and to make space for all that is yet to come. This piece by Katherine Bradford feels like a perfect companion to this time…  Read more

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Stop Asian Hate

The staff of the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are deeply saddened and angered by the murder of eight people, including six Asian American women in the Atlanta, Georgia, area on Tuesday night. Together we mourn the senseless loss of these lives and condemn the sharp rise in racist, anti-Asian violence and hate…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Shan Goshorn

Shan Goshorn was a respected Cherokee artist who initially became known for her deeply personal work in the 1990s as a photographer and mixed media artist. She became best known for her paper baskets which combined historical imagery and text with traditional Cherokee basket-weaving techniques. Chief Antoine Moise is part of a series of works…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Alwyn O’Brien

On first glance, Alwyn O’Brien’s sculpture might resemble a vase. O’Brien opens up the typically solid vessel shape by piecing together hand-rolled coils of clay. She loops, elongates, twists, and weaves the strands to suggest a jumble of energetic motion. The title is like a short poem evoking multiple meanings; the words can be read…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Fujikasa Satoko

Even though the official start of spring is still a week away, we can feel the shift in the season. This piece by Fujikasa Satoko feels like a perfect embodiment of springtime—bursting forth, flowing, bringing energy and light into our days. A celebrated Japanese ceramicist, Fujikasa transforms clay into astonishing creations that appear lighter than…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Diane Jacobs

Diane Jacobs is drawn to wool, hair, and paper pulp materials in much of her work. For Jacobs, hair is a material that incorporates our humanity woven into the material’s very history and genetics. It is also a material filled with social taboos and is inherently visceral, coming from one’s own body. In Global Inversion,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Jacques Callot

For many artists, printmaking is the ideal medium in which to explore the mysterious, the unseen, and the unknowable. Demons and monsters hold a special appeal, as seen in this recent acquisition, an etching by Jaques Callot. This sheet depicts the legend of St. Anthony, an early Christian abbot who retreated to the Egyptian desert…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Azechi Umetarō

Titles offer insight into an artist’s vision and add layers of meaning to an artwork. Japanese printmaker Azechi Umetarō often took inspiration from his experiences mountaineering, as we see in this print, Yuki otoko (Man in Snow). He made dozens of woodblock prints of similar subjects. His human figures in the snowy mountains are often…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Thelma Johnson Streat

This tapestry by Thelma Johnson Streat feels playful and inviting, and we’d like to use it as inspiration for our own playful writing this week. Streat grew up in Portland, studied at the Museum Art School in the 1930s, and is featured in the Oregon Encyclopedia. She was a dancer, singer, and painter as well…  Read more