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Daily Art Moment: Jacob Lawrence

“Jacob Lawrence depicts the African-American experience of citizens in an election from the 1920s. With a complex, angular composition of figures and strikingly primary colors, the scene we see is a moment of humble but powerful action in the act of making a vote. Elders wait patiently in line, a woman comforts her infant child,…  Read more

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Artists Carrie Mae Weems and Marie Watt among new slate of Museum trustees

The Portland Art Museum welcomed prominent artists Carrie Mae Weems and Marie Watt to its Board of Trustees in its virtual annual meeting earlier this month.  “I am so honored and excited that Carrie Mae Weems and Marie Watt accepted our invitation to help lead our institution at this crucial time,” said Brian Ferriso, Director…  Read more

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Select Gallery Rotations Begin

In order to offer access to more of the Museum’s galleries while still observing COVID guidelines, beginning Thursday, October 29, some galleries will be open on a rotating basis. Under our new schedule, floors 2, 2M, and 3 in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be open Thursdays and Sundays; floors…  Read more

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Dail Art Moment: Jonathan Calm

“In 2016, Jonathan Calm, artist and Stanford University Assistant Professor of Photography, traveled through the American South by car. He documented many of the locations marked as ‘safe spaces’ in ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book,’ which was published from 1936 through 1966. Recently, Calm began photographing ‘Green Book’ sites located in the American West, including…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Malia Jensen

When was the last time you were able to sit still? The kind of still that allows you to unclench your jaw, let your mind wander, and really rest in the present moment? There is so much important work to do—in our lives, in our communities, and in our world. Alongside this work is the…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director, and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Kipo and the Age of WonderbeastsCreated by Radford Sechrist, adapted from his 2015 webcomic Kipo.Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is screening on Netflix Empathy is a powerful emotion, one that sometimes makes you feel like a mutant jaguar in tune with the universe and…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Rita Robillard

“ Coastal Range was made during Robillard’s residency at Sitka Center in 2013. There the artist worked with scientists studying the Cascade Head Experimental Forest, a Forest Service land that was set aside in 1934 for the study of the forest and its ecosystem. In ‘Coastal Range,’ Robillard evokes Eastern and Western pictorial traditions while…  Read more

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Spectral Transmissions: A ghost story radio show with hosts Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri

Friday, October 30 at 6 pm (PST). Spectral Transmissions: A ghost story radio show. Join us for a short welcome introduction on Zoom leading into a 35 min streamable ghost-themed radio show with hosts Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri (renowned NW documentarians and storytellers). Spectral Transmissions is an audio and video/multi-media event created in the style…  Read more

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Malia Jensen Virtual Residency — #NearerNatureAtHome

As the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center’s online presentation of Nearer Nature: Worth Your Salt enters its final weeks, artist Malia Jensen would like to know what nature looks like in your daily life. Are you watching Nearer Nature on your couch, cozied up with a cat and a cup of tea? Is…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Joe Feddersen

Screens and our relationships to them continue to evolve and influence all facets of our lives—how we stay informed, how we work and learn and play, how we connect with one another, how we attempt civil discourse, even where in our spaces we spend our time. They can connect us across vast distances, and also…  Read more