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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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Write Around PAM: Gonzalo Fonseca

This Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, is U.S. Election Day. We Oregonians fill out our ballots at home, return them by mail or by drop box, and then we wait. The results—the decisions we will have made collectively as communities and as a country—will likely have reverberations here at home, at our very own kitchen tables.…  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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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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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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Re:Imagine Artist Fund Relief Grants Announced

Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center announce recipients of Re:Imagine Artist Fund relief grants and support for artists totaling over $200,000 In the fund’s first phases, the Museum and Film Center are providing grants to 45 artists to provide economic relief and sustain their creative practices during the coronavirus pandemic. The Portland Art Museum…  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

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Daily Art Moment: Zig Jackson

“While working on his MFA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute during the 1990s, Zig Jackson turned the camera on himself. He wryly explored the ways that he, a Native American, moved through a large American West Coast city that was once the land of Indigenous peoples including the Ohlone, Chochenyo, Karkin, Ramaytush,…  Read more