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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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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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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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Daily Art Moment: Francisco de Goya

When it comes to bats, gremlins, witches, and bogeymen, it is hard to beat the graphic work of Francesco de Goya. In honor of #Halloween, I offer you four prints from our collection acquired in 2019. All four hail from Los Caprichos (Caprices), a series of 80 enigmatic, satirical, and frequently bizarre etchings published in…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Claude Monet

Monet’s Waterlilies is, hands down, a visitor favorite. The artist’s garden at his home in Giverny was a large focus of his art for nearly thirty years. It is remarkable to think of sustaining such prolonged interest in a single subject! Yet for Monet, “one instant, one aspect of nature contains it all” as he…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Lynnette Haozous

Last week was an exciting week at the museum with artist Lynnette Haozous, and her assistant Andrew Benally, here from Albuquerque, New Mexico. They were on hand to install Into the Sun, her temporary mural in the gallery for our upcoming exhibition, Mesh.” As a muralist, Haozous is often invited to create work that is…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Frank Okada

Frank Okada once described his work as being “dedicatory in nature.” He said, “My parents, through good and bad times, always placed the first portion of newly cooked rice before their modest Buddhist shrine, dedicating that portion to the memory of those past and as an abiding affirmation of their faith. Occasionally, in thoughts conjured…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Kuna artist

The Kuna are Indigenous people living in present-day Panama. Mola, the Kuna word meaning “to cover” are hand-sewn, embroidered blouse fronts and backs made and worn by Kuna women. Artists use a technique called reverse appliqué to create Mola, layering two to seven pieces of different-colored cloth together. The artist cuts away parts of each…  Read more