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Racial Equity: The Museum and Representation of Black Artists

The Portland Art Museum has received and welcomed critical feedback regarding our permanent collection, the representation of Black artists, and the interpretation and scholarship around their works. These calls have grown louder, sparked by the groundswell of focus on racial inequity and justice after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many…  Read more

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Podcast: Private Lives—Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis

Co-curating an exhibition with another institution can be challenging, especially when a global pandemic prohibits travel, not only to other cities but even to your own Museum. It’s a little easier when you’ve known your co-curator for many decades. On this episode of Art Unbound, Mary Weaver Chapin, Portland Art Museum’s Curator of Prints and Drawings,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Lorenzo Triburgo

“I began ‘Transportraits’ when I came out as TransQueer in 2008—a time before the proliferation of trans representations we see in dominant media today (for better or worse) and before any kind of ‘tipping point.’ I felt the need to create positive representations of trans-masculinities and to address the false notion of gender as ‘natural’…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Kehinde Wiley

Art invites us deeper into stories. Writing is an especially powerful way to slow down, connect and explore those stories. We invite you to spend some time today with this piece by Kehinde Wiley, noticing what comes up as you put pen to paper. Before or after you write, take some time to learn about…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Katsushika Hokusai

“Last summer I hiked to Ramona Falls in Mt. Hood National Forest for the first time—and immediately thought of this print. Water cascades down the rocks, forking into powerful branches before spilling out in a fine, ethereal spray. Below, pilgrims on their way to nearby shrines at Nikkō stand transfixed. At right, two figures climb…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: American flag

“Monuments are on my mind. As we are seeing statues of racist historical figures being toppled in cities across the country, my thoughts jump over to the American flag. A singular symbol of the idea and the ideals that the United States represents, it also speaks of our history of oppression and the constant fight…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Elizabeth Catlett

“Not all art belongs on walls. Artists’ books are designed to be held by the viewer, creating an intimate and tactile relationship between the art and the onlooker. Often paired with text, artists’ books are a hybrid artform combining fine art, literature, and bookbinding. In ‘For My People,’ artist Elizabeth Catlett pairs six lithographs with…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Ralph Chessé

It continues to be important to take moments to reflect. Writing is a powerful tool to pause, connect, and heal. This week’s writing exercise begins with this work by Ralph Chessé as inspiration.  Set a timer for 15 minutes, and just keep the pen moving. Before or after you write, take some time to learn…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: R. Poole Photography Studio

“Today is #Juneteenth, the commemoration and celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863, it was not until over two years later, on June 19, 1865, that enslaved people in Texas finally were granted freedom. This carte-de-visite portrait of an African American woman,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Vaginal Davis

“Vaginal Davis describes herself as a ‘doyenne of intersexed outsider art,’ working across, around, and between artistic disciplines: she is a performance artist, painter, curator, composer, writer, and musician. She is an originator of the homo-core punk movement and a genderqueer art-music icon. Interviewed by author Cyrus Grace Dunham, Davis said, ‘I don’t fit into…  Read more