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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

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Bury the Hatchet Walk-through

This Virtual Walk-Through of Bury the Hatchet: Prayer For My P’ah-Be is narrated by Kathleen Ash-Milby, the Curator of Native American Art, and artist John Hitchcock. This multisensory installation was created by Comanche and Kiowa artist John Hitchcock, who combines his interests in printmaking, rock ‘n’ roll, and his family’s tribal history in a retelling…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: John Outterbridge

“In his Containment Series, John Outterbridge combined industrial materials with handcrafted pieces and found objects. In form and concept, he explores what makes up boundaries: structural ones like frames; material ones like straps and metal sheets; all of which are suggestive of physical constraints like cells and belts. Five carved faces emerge from within the…  Read more

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Cinema Unbound Heroes: Todd Haynes

When Todd Haynes premiered Safe in 1995, he could have never foretold the moment in time we find ourselves in today. While the film was firmly set in 1987, the New York Times notoriously gaffed as a film “set in the future.” And that’s where Todd Haynes lives—both of the now and of the past.…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Community

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Community Series Creator: Dan Harmon Available on Hulu Sometimes, I know I should watch something artistic, powerful, and deeply felt…but I turn to comedy instead. There are days when I just need a laugh, a jolt, and something that lifts me up out of the…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Corita Kent

“Corita Kent—artist, educator, nun, and social activist—was a woman who faced the turmoil of the 1960s with courage, wit, and strength. This screenprint exhorts us to HANDLE WITH CARE, which is a great reminder to treat each other tenderly during uncertain times. Her reminder to SEE THE MAN WHO CAN SAVE YOU THE MOST refers…  Read more

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Make and Keep an Art Journal at Home

Think of an art journal as your own personal paper world where you get to be 100% YOU. However you want to express yourself, whatever you want to say, in whatever colors or words or songs or scribbles come to you, those empty pages are yours to fill. Visit our wonderful partner Create More, Fear Less for…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Victor Jorgensen

“In early 1945, Lt. Victor Jorgensen (1913–1994), a Portland native, photographed on the hospital ship USS Solace. During World War II, the Solace traveled between Pearl Harbor and various South Pacific locations. Jorgensen’s photographs depict the skilled care that the doctors, nurses, and crew provided while at sea on a ship that was unarmed and…  Read more

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Poster Project: Carrie Mae Weems

This week’s Poster Project highlight celebrates the birthday of photographer Carrie Mae Weems, born in Portland on April 20, 1953, and the subject of a 2013 Portland Art Museum exhibition. In this image from the Kitchen Table series, Weems creates a dramatic stage—a small room with a table and a single overhead light—to explore the dynamics of domestic relationships. For…  Read more