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Art & Conversation: Distance Learning in the Arts with PHAME

Tuesday, January 19 at 10 a.m. via a live Zoom Webinar and Facebook Livestream Panel Participants Rob Smith, Director of Community EngagementJenny Stadler, Executive DirectorTim Mair, PHAME student and staff memberCrystal Kralian, PHAME student We are excited to kick off this year’s Art and Conversation programming in a dialogue with staff and students from PHAME. PHAME is a fine and performing arts academy…  Read more

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Resist COVID / Take 6! harnesses public art for public health

Portland Art Museum teams with local public agencies and community partners to share artist Carrie Mae Weems’s messages of COVID-19 impact, equity, and hope. On the walls and windows of the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center, and on billboards all over town, a prominent artist’s messages are harnessing public art to protect public…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Haudenosaunee / Iroquois artist

This small but ornate pouch represents a very distinctive beadwork innovation created by Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artists in the mid- to late-19th century. Small fabric bags, pin cushions, photo frames and other purely decorative forms, known as “whimsies,” were beaded with thick layers of stacked beadwork. The artists often favored translucent beads on black or bright…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Dyani White Hawk

This screenprint by Dyani White Hawk was inspired by a Plains style women’s dentalium dress. You can almost feel the ribbons, the wool, the shells, the metallic details, the hemline. Learn more about the creation of this piece and the series Takes Care of Them. Then take some time to write a bit, using something…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Sara Cwynar

Sara Cwynar’s Encyclopedia Grid (Acropolis) tugs at my wanderlust. During the pandemic, I’ve traveled very little and have not been very far from Portland. Here, Cwynar arranges what appear to be clips and cuttings of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, Greece on a blue backdrop. Each image in the grid shows a finger placed on…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Katsumata Chieko

The arrival of a new year gives us an opportunity to pause, to set intentions, to be open to the expanse of time and space all around us. This piece by Katsumata Chieko, offers a way to enter into that expanse, that openness, that empty vessel of a fresh start, while also being mindful of…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Amanda Snyder

This has been an especially challenging year, for so many reasons. As we move toward its end, we are reminded of the importance of threshold times—spaces between what has been and what will be—and the power that can come from resting and reflecting in them. Self-portraits seem to carry this same energy, reflecting back to…  Read more

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Reflecting on Colescott: Identity, Satire, and Politics

We are pleased to offer this guest post by the members of improv trio Broke Gravy, a community partner for Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott, which closed earlier this month. In this guest blog post, the trio reflects on the exhibition’s final public program, Perspectives on Colescott: Identity, Satire, and Politics,…  Read more

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Top 10 Daily Art Moments

When the pandemic began and the Museum first closed its doors earlier this year, our curators took to social media like never before. With galleries closed, our Daily Art Moment was launched—offering followers a daily dose of art accompanied by descriptions, quotes from artists, and other insights. While we aren’t posting quite as often anymore,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: PAM’s 128th Birthday

Some things get better with age. This month we celebrated our 128th birthday. As we reflect on the past, one thing has remained constant: your support. Thank you to our members, donors, visitors, community partners, and frontline staff for helping us continue our mission of connecting the community to art. We look forward to reopening…  Read more