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New Ways of Seeing – Tilda Swinton Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award Winner 2020

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Sometimes, it’s not about the work. It’s about the culmination of all you do, about what those around you do that inspire, make you take pause, make you re-evaluate all you knew and thought you knew. It’s about being creative on a continuum. My…  Read more

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PIFF 2.0

The Northwest Film Center announces PIFF 2.0, reimagining the final days of the 43rd Portland International Film Festival. From October 1 to 3, 2020, PIFF 2.0 will present 10 films, talks and happy hours from Northwest and International filmmakers, offered in virtual screening and events as well as in new additions to the Film Center’s…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Comb Chest

When crisis strikes, as it has in Oregon over these last weeks with wildfires ravaging communities and smoke blanketing the state, we are reminded of what is most important to us: family, friends, community, pets, items that hold memories and carry meaning, and more. This Comb Chest evokes this same feeling for us: of treasuring…  Read more

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New on View: Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann, Morris Louis, Donald Judd

The Museum is hosting a series of special loans this fall. On your next visit, please stop by the first and second levels of the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art to take a look. —Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Lola, The…  Read more

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Tolerated Margins of Mess

Artist Robert Colescott‘s explorations of racism and misogyny reflect ambiguous relationships between belief and practice, individual and society, and sex and repression. His works illuminate what writer Barbara Babcock calls, “a tolerated margin of mess,” which she defines as areas of duality which obliterate conventional societal codes. As is clear in Art and Race Matters:…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: George Johanson

“For the last week, thick yellow smoke from wildfires across the West Coast has choked the Portland skies. I am reminded of George Johanson’s evocative print City with Small Skull in which the swirling clouds suggest an unnamed menace. The ghostly silhouettes of fir trees sway in the night, bent by the strong wind that…  Read more

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Daily art Moment: Sanford Biggers

PLAN YOUR VOTE is a 2020 visual-artist initiative from VOTE.ORG that encourages and empowers citizens to exercise their right to vote. It’s urgent to PLAN YOUR VOTE. In Oregon, ensure that you receive your mail-in ballot by following these steps by October 13. ☑ Register to vote if you haven’t already.☑ Verify your registration.☑ Check your absentee…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Kristan Kennedy

“Kristan Kennedy often creates abstract paintings on loose linen, washing them numerous times, up to 20–30 washes, wearing away the fabric and embedding the paint deeper into the fibers. Kennedy’s works are strong reminders of Helen Frankenthaler’s (1928–2011) paintings in her use of unprimed canvas to stain the fabric with pigment. Kennedy’s work can be…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Harry Fonseca

Nature carries within it profound beauty and immense power. We are often drawn to the tallest trees, the widest fields, the deepest canyons, the bluest lakes, the starriest skies. The cycles of nature provide food, shelter, rest, renewal, and hope. Nature, and our existence in it, is also so fragile, as we continue to see…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Buzzy Sullivan

Our thoughts are with the one-tenth of Oregon’s population displaced and affected by wildfires. “The smoke and strange light currently blanketing the landscape brought to mind this photograph on view in our exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art. It shows nature rebounding in the Toutle River Valley thirty-seven years after the area was scoured…  Read more