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Daily Art Moment: Childe Hassam

Spring is approaching, and the clear skies and sunny days are a cheerful welcome. With the changing season, I am reminded of Childe Hassam’s two paintings and his impressions of the Oregon landscape on his second visit to the region, which was quite different from his New England hometown. In Afternoon Sky, Harney Desert, Hassam…  Read more

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Museum Welcomes Visitors Back In Two-Phase Spring 2021 Reopening

Phase one reopening April 10Phase two reopening May 5, including Ansel Adams in Our Time The Portland Art Museum announced today a phased reopening of the galleries following the second pandemic-related closure ordered by Governor Kate Brown in November 2020. Beginning April 10, the Museum will allow visitor access to all galleries, except the main…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Jacob Lawrence

This piece by Jacob Lawrence is full of activity, of working and building, of creating something new. The energy of the piece invites us to engage with it, to put ourselves in the scene. What do we hear? What conversations are taking place? We invite you to spend some time imagining and then writing down…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Terresa White, Mark Tetpon, and Don Johnston

Seal Vision: Shared Spirit celebrates the inter-related lives of seals with the people and animals of the far north. Echoing the format of Yu’pik dance masks, this striking mixed media sculpture is the result of a collaboration between Terresa White (Yup’ik), Mark Tetpon (Inupiaq) and Don Johnston (Qagan Tayagungin Aleut). There are so many stories…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Roy DeCarava

Writing allows us to reflect deeply on our journey, as individuals, as families, as community. This evocative photograph by Roy DeCarava has appeared in two Portland Art Museum exhibitions that each considered the meaning of journeys and transitions in very different ways, one through African American art and the Great Migration and the other through…  Read more

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Cinema Unbound Awards Honorees announced

Steve McQueen, Garrett Bradley, Gus Van Sant, Mollye Asher, and Alex Bulkley to be honored at the 2021 Cinema Unbound Awards presented by the Portland Art Museum & Northwest Film Center The annual Cinema Unbound Awards 2021 honorees were announced today by the Portland Art Museum & Northwest Film Center. This year’s honorees include Steve McQueen, Garrett Bradley, Gus…  Read more

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Exhibition Installation, Pandemic Style: Ansel Adams in Our Time

Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography  In late January, we installed the magnificent exhibition Ansel Adams in Our Time. While we continue to follow state mandates and wait for lower COVID-19 transmission numbers, we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Museum when it is safe to do so. We’ve had…  Read more

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Podcast— Ansel Adams: In Our Time

Coming soon to the Portland Art Museum is a special exhibition featuring the work of esteemed photographer Ansel Adams and the contemporary photographers he influenced. On this episode of Art Unbound, Julia Dolan, The Minor White Curator of Photography, speaks with the exhibition’s originating curator, Karen Haas, MFA Boston’s Lane Senior Curator of Photographs. Julia…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett created these lithographs in honor of Margaret Walker’s seminal poem “For My People.” Rather than illustrating the poem literally, Catlett transforms Walker’s powerful words about Black experience into iconic images. Together, Catlett’s words and Walker’s text explore hope and despair, as well as the simple joys of life. Writing and visual art so…  Read more

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Sea Creatures light up Museum courtyard

Immersive light and sound installation kicks off new series with Mobile Projection Unit, beginning with the Portland Winter Light (non)Festival Sea Creatures ONE NIGHT ONLY:  This Friday, February 5, 7–9 p.m.Hank Willis Thomas neon LOVERULES: included in Winter Light (non)Festival, February 5–6 and 12–13 In a night of immersive light and projection installation, the Portland Art Museum…  Read more