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Write Around PAM: Anne Truitt

As we officially welcome winter with the solstice this week, we invite you to spend some time with Bonne by Anne Truitt. This sculpture carries the energy and colors of this season—the smooth blue of an ice-covered pond, the deep blues of a winter storm, the white blanket of freshly fallen snow. We encourage you…  Read more

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Podcast—Awkward Questions for Kara Cooney

On October 8, 2021, Dr. Kara Cooney presented a virtual lecture for the Portland Art Museum audience titled When Women Ruled the World. We anticipated that Dr. Cooney’s lecture and the exhibition Queen Nefertari’s Egypt would raise a lot of difficult questions. On this episode, Jeannie Kenmotsu is joined by Sara Krajewski and Stephanie Parrish…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Frank Okada

As we enter winter, the days shorten, and at least here in the Pacific Northwest, the cloud cover grows. Soaking up moments of light and sun feels even more important for our mental health. We’re appreciating this painting by Frank Okada, on view in the Hoffman Lobby. The work evokes such a strong feeling of…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Dyani White Hawk

Dyani White Hawk’s suite Takes Care of Them was inspired by the Lakota practice of four veterans being asked to stand and face each of the four cardinal directions during the wabléniča ceremony, a ritual welcoming adoptees and formerly fostered individuals back into the tribal community. In many Native cultures, veterans are revered as modern-day…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Édouard Vuillard

Artist Édouard Vuillard found inspiration from the people closest at hand, as seen in our current special exhibition, Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, 1889–1900. Vuillard’s mother, Madame Marie Vuillard, was a constant in her son’s life and in his art. More than 500 paintings in which she is depicted,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Trude Parkinson

Emerging Zodiac is an exceptional example of Parkinson’s work and her dedicated interest in the human body in relation to the greater cosmos. The model of the dancing figure is artist Eiko Otake, a movement-based, interdisciplinary artist who has performed several times @picapdx. Inspired by Otake’s movements, Parkinson has documented these performances. Emerging Zodiac is…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Pierre Bonnard

As the current Private Lives exhibition makes clear, the Nabis artists loved depicting children. Not only were they part of the artists’ intimate family circles, but children also offered an example of how to view the world with a fresh perspective. Drawing inspiration from Pierre Bonnard’s Family Scene, we invite you to write from the…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Marie Watt

Seneca artist Marie Watt created Companion Species: Ferocious Mother and Canis Familiaris with the help of over 200 people who participated in two sewing circles. These collective efforts generated a powerful piece filled with energy and hope. The holiday season can be a time of collective joy and togetherness; it can also be a painful…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Gail Tremblay

In this piece by Onondaga and Mi’kmaq artist Gail Tremblay, 35 mm film finds new life, transformed into a woven basket. Tremblay adapts Indigenous weaving practices, traditionally used to make ash splint and sweetgrass baskets, to this new medium. She “enjoys the notion of recycling film and gaining control over a medium that had historically…  Read more

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Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Viewing Guide

Goddesses and Queens Queen Nefertari’s Egypt features many representations of goddesses—from the large sculptures of Sekhmet and Mut in the introductory gallery to small amulets and mirrors decorated with the face of the goddess Hathor. Sometimes ancient Egyptian queens took on the status of goddesses after their deaths, as in the case of Queen Ahmose-Nefertari,…  Read more