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Daily Art Moment: Bactrian Camel

“This expressive camel, with its head thrown back, makes a bellowing cry that seems relevant to these times. Bactrian camels were often part of a larger set of funerary sculptures in Tang dynasty China. As symbols of prosperity manifested through the Silk Road trade routes, camels would have been placed with other ceramic figurines in…  Read more

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Open Your Own Art Museum!

We are thrilled to collaborate with Create More, Fear Less on a mini-museum project that you can do at home. Take all of those big feelings, ideas, and observations of yours and shrink them down into tiny (but mighty) works of art—because art doesn’t need to be big to be powerful! Go here for inspiration and instructions,…  Read more

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Poster Project: William Cumming

This week’s Poster Project highlight features Seattle artist William Cumming, a survivor of the 1940s tuberculosis pandemic. Cumming is known for his bright, kinetic paintings of scenes from everyday life. His paintings are at once familiar and strange, portraying figures—often children—engaged in ordinary activities, but rendered abstract through flat planes of color and obscured faces.…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Leopoldo Méndez

“Today marks the anniversary of the historic Battle of Puebla of 1862, in which underequipped and outnumbered Mexican troops defeated the French army under Napoleon III, who were fighting to place Mexico under the rule of Maximilian of Austria. In Puebla, May 5 is commemorated with a reenactment of the battle and a large civic…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Chaïm Soutine

“Let slide the weary art-historical narratives that lock Soutine into categories of style and sequences of influence. Only look.” —Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for “The New Yorker” “I adore this painting. Full of beautiful contradictions, it seems to stand outside of time while it remains so specific. Chaïm Soutine painted from life, inviting models to…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Subok Screen

“Two auspicious characters, meaning longevity and good fortune, repeat in seemingly endless variation as the main design of this Korean textile screen. Across ten panels, with three columns of eleven characters each, the characters su 壽 and bok 福 are embroidered in brightly colored silk floss on a plain silk ground. The color in this…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Minor White

“This photograph by Minor White has long been a favorite of mine, and it resonates more deeply these days. In 1938, White, who moved to Portland from Minnesota in 1937, was hired as a ‘creative photographer’ for the Oregon Art Project, a division of the federal government’s Works Progress Administration. The WPA provided meaningful work…  Read more

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Poster Project: Corita Kent

As National Poetry Month wraps up, we’re celebrating the “joyous revolutionary” Corita Kent—an artist, teacher, and advocate for social justice who gained international fame in the 1960s for her vibrant screenprints. Kent responded to the world around her by repurposing signs, images, and slogans as art. In this print, she lifts a slogan from Dash…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Jean François de Troy

“As we come to the end of National Poetry Month, here is a reminder of the perpetual power of poetry and art. Jean François de Troy’s ‘Allegory of Poetry’ was painted in Paris in 1733. Following tradition, Poetry is personified as a beautiful woman. With quill pen in hand, she gazes heavenward for inspiration. De…  Read more

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An Art Imposter in the Museum

Teachers across the country have been rising to the challenge presented by this spring’s abrupt school closures due to Covid-19. Here in Portland, teachers are not only adapting their lessons to new distance-learning formats, they’re also thinking hard about students’ emotional well-being and about equity in education. They’re checking in with students as often as…  Read more