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Daily Art Moment: Beth Van Hoesen

Beth Van Hoesen’s cocktail drinkers, though created in 1946, seem to show the same world-weariness that has gripped many of us throughout the tumultuous year. They are prepared, I imagine, to toast out the year, but they aren’t going to pretend it was fun! The woman’s raised eyebrow suggests her skepticism about the state of…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Keisai Eisen

In 2021, the Year of the Ox begins. 1829 was also an ox year. Poets in Mino province commissioned the artist Keisai Eisen to design this special print to commemorate the new year. Privately commissioned prints like these are called surimono and feature expensive materials and techniques. This small ox figurine, sitting on layered futon…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Amanda Snyder

This has been an especially challenging year, for so many reasons. As we move toward its end, we are reminded of the importance of threshold times—spaces between what has been and what will be—and the power that can come from resting and reflecting in them. Self-portraits seem to carry this same energy, reflecting back to…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Edward Penfield

In the 1890s, color posters advertising books, magazines, and newspapers exploded onto the scene. Initially inspired by French designs, American artists soon created their own unique style. Edward Penfield led the field with his charming posters advertising Harper’s Magazine beginning in 1893. These designs, generally about 19 by 14 inches, were displayed in book stores…  Read more

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Reflecting on Colescott: Identity, Satire, and Politics

We are pleased to offer this guest post by the members of improv trio Broke Gravy, a community partner for Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott, which closed earlier this month. In this guest blog post, the trio reflects on the exhibition’s final public program, Perspectives on Colescott: Identity, Satire, and Politics,…  Read more

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Top 10 Daily Art Moments

When the pandemic began and the Museum first closed its doors earlier this year, our curators took to social media like never before. With galleries closed, our Daily Art Moment was launched—offering followers a daily dose of art accompanied by descriptions, quotes from artists, and other insights. While we aren’t posting quite as often anymore,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: PAM’s 128th Birthday

Some things get better with age. This month we celebrated our 128th birthday. As we reflect on the past, one thing has remained constant: your support. Thank you to our members, donors, visitors, community partners, and frontline staff for helping us continue our mission of connecting the community to art. We look forward to reopening…  Read more

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Podcast—Reclaimed Weird: Inside the Art of Public Joy Creator, Mike Bennett

Mike Bennett is quickly becoming a prominent figure in the ‘weird Portland’ community and he is using his local celebrity status, resourcefulness, and artistic talents to bring joy to the city. In this episode, we interview Mike to find out how he gained notoriety in his community, education through art, and creating free & safe…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Light

“One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do. And it is, as I said, as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find.” —Dan Flavin Happy Winter Solstice! To mark the turn of the season and welcome back those extra minutes of daylight, I’m sharing…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Grandma Moses

Tomorrow marks the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year. We invite you to spend some time reflecting on and writing about this arrival of winter, using this piece from Grandma Moses as inspiration. Before or after you write, learn more about her life and work through the National Museum of Women in…  Read more