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Daily Art Moment: Hank Willis Thomas

Back in November, we closed the national tour of the PAM-organized exhibition, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… The works in the exhibition stick with me and I continue to be moved by Thomas’s art that tells us so much about the history and the present in our country. Throughout the last year, I’ve…  Read more

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Poster Project unveils new resources for learning and inspiration

We are thrilled to share seven new educational posters added to the popular Poster Project. With generous support from the PGE Foundation, the Portland Art Museum has created a set of posters every year since 2015 featuring works across our permanent collections. Our goal has always been to provide educators and students with inspiring and…  Read more

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Brushstrokes Walk-Through Video

This giant outdoor sculpture is not only an inspiring pop of color, but it is one of the artworks that’s free to view whether or not the Museum is open. Narrated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator Of Modern and Contemporary Art, this video explores the history behind Roy Lichtenstein’s series of…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Kitao Shigemas

This print is one of 12 split-screen compositions that represent each month of the year. Much like writing resolutions or eating black-eyed peas, The First Month shows activities associated with New Year celebrations. At the top, a handsome young man writes New Year greetings on a sheaf of paper tied to the decorative pine. A…  Read more

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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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PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

The Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum present PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN. Streaming online Thursday, January 14 at 7 p.m. This special sneak preview one-night screening is FREE for PAM & NWFC members only. From groundbreaking director, Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman … until a mysterious…  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