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Daily Art Moment: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

“American painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi created portraits of women throughout his career. His early languid female figures and whimsical circus scenes drew on American folk art and his encounters with European art on two trips to Paris in the 1920s. But by the late 1930s, his earlier dreamy, sensuous girls are replaced with women alone, deep…  Read more

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Curators in Conversation: Triple Candie on the exhibition Being Present

The Portland Art Museum is an extensive resource of the art history of the Northwest. Our Crumpacker Library houses several archives, and one of the most sought-after is that of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts, an ambitious contemporary art gallery active from 1972 to 1987. PCVA showcased avant-garde visual and performing artists and…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Carrie Mae Weems

During this time, it is important we all take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy, and heal. Using this work by Carrie Mae Weems as inspiration, here are two prompts to help you get going. You can choose one, both or follow your own adventure.  Set a timer for…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Cherokee Mask

“Some objects in our collection are a bit of a mystery because they were acquired with limited documentation. One of our challenges as curators is to determine if the information in our records is correct. This Cherokee mask is dated between 1850 and 1900 which is a broad range of dates during which there was…  Read more

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Poster Project: Shiva Natarāja

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by spending some time with this graceful south Indian sculpture of Shiva Natarāja, featured in the Poster Project. The great Hindu god Shiva is the deity who destroys the cosmos so that it can be renewed again. Shiva has many aspects or forms. Here he appears as Natarāja, who…  Read more

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Film and New Media Happy Hour

An online gathering of regional filmmakers holding conversations around COVID-19. Fridays at 4 pm on Zoom. Next Film and New Media Happy Hour is Friday, May 29, 2020. New Opportunities in VR & Experiential Storytelling with special guests MICHEL REILHAC, Filmmaker, Experiential Artist and Head of VR, Venice Biennale and René Pinnell, CEO & Designer,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moments: Albert Besnard

“In late nineteenth-century Paris, morphine, a powerful opiate, was both legal and widespread. Although addiction afflicted all classes of society, artists were particularly fond of depicting fashionable women as part of the decadent underbelly of the city. In this etching, Besnard depicts two glassy-eyed morphinomanes (morphine addicts) relaxing into a stupor. The carafe on the…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Victor Jorgensen

“#MemorialDay, a solemn American holiday, commemorates those who have died while on active military duty. The central figure of this photograph, taken on board the naval hospital ship USS Solace by Portland’s own Victor Jorgensen during WWII, later succumbed to his battle wounds: According to Jorgensen, ‘Pfc. A. Check of London, Kentucky, caught machine gun…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Marilyn Levine

During this time, it is important we all take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy and heal. Join us for another mini-writing exercise focused on the people we are spending our days with (or are feeling separated from), using this piece from Marilyn Levine as inspiration.   First, imagine a…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Odilon Redon

“Symbolist artist Odilon Redon was fascinated by the microscopic world that surrounds us. His fantastic prints, drawings, and paintings often feature bizarre depictions inspired by the unseen universe. His goal, he said, ‘consists in bringing to life … improbable beings and making them live according to the laws of probability, by putting—as far as possible—the…  Read more