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Daily Art Moment: Paul Elie Ranson

“As a curator, I carry around a huge mental image bank of art. This professional hazard means that just about everything reminds me of a print, drawing, or painting. So when my family joined the millions of others watching the controversial and bizarre miniseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on Netflix, my thoughts turned…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: World on a Wire

From Micah Vanderhoof, Theater Manager World on a Wire Director: Ranier Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1973 – 2 Episodes Streaming on the Criterion Channel Fassbinder’s bafflingly prescient and deeply paranoid made-for-TV science fiction mini-series combines the height of ‘70s sci-fi aesthetics with a film noir-esque form. After witnessing some odd goings-on within the simulation that…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Drex Brooks

“Longtime Oregon photographer Drex Brooks captured intimate moments of people, rural life, and the arid landscape of Eastern Oregon where he lived. In this photograph, a young girl sits in a pond, listening to water as its gentle undulations radiate outward from where she sits. As the recent pandemic has turned down the volume of…  Read more

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Objects of Contact Walk-through

Join Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D. for a virtual walk-through of her latest exhibition, Objects of Contact: Encounters between Japan and the West. This exhibition explores paintings, sculpture, ceramics, fashion, and more that dates from the 17th century Be sure to check out our Online Collection to view detailed images of these artworks. Exhibition photography by Ben…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: The Benefits of Gusbandry

From Ben Popp, Head of Artist Services, NWFC The Benefits of Gusbandry Director: Alicia J Rose, U.S. Seasons 1&2 Available on Amazon Prime Let yourself fondly remember the days of pre-social distance partying through the lens of Portland filmmaker and musician Alicia J. Rose’s comedic series The Benefits of Gusbandry. At her debaucherous 40th birthday…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Olof Grafström

“This panoramic view of Portland was painted by Olof Grafström shortly after he emigrated from Sweden in 1886. I thought you might enjoy picking out landmarks and seeing how our city has evolved even though this photograph cannot do justice to the six-foot-wide canvas. Mount St. Helens dominates the horizon at center. From the painter’s…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Jessica Forever

From Morgen Ruff, Exhibition Program Manager & Programmer A sui generis gem from the 2019 Portland International Film Festival, which would make a great double feature with Diamantino. Jessica Forever Director: Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel, France Streaming on Shudder (offers free trial) Deeply influenced by contemporary video game aesthetics, Poggi & Vinel fashion a hyper-stylized blast of pure cinema set in…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Matsubara Naoko

“Artist Matsubara Naoko created this portfolio of woodcuts while visiting Walden Pond over the course of a year. Her title comes from Henry David’s Thoreau’s essay ‘Solitude’ (1854), written during his two-year period of self-isolation. In these expressive images, she captures the fleeting moments of daily life spent alone. She also seems to understand both…  Read more

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Cinema Unbound Heroes: Rajendra Roy

Spotlight on Rajendra Roy, The Celest Bartos Chief Curator of Film MOMA One month ago, the world was different. We were different. But even in this new reality, the Northwest Film Center remains committed championing storytellers who are helpers, artists who dare to try new things, and innovators who find ways to transform and shape…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Henk Pander

“In this watercolor painting, Henk Pander captures the volume of love letters written daily by his parents from 1932 until they married in 1937. As the eldest of ten children, Pander kept the letters intact. He recalled how they filled up an entire suitcase, and earlier efforts to organize and collate the letters led him…  Read more