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New Ways of Seeing: Moonlight

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Moonlight Director: dir. Barry Jenkins, United States Available on Kanopy and Netflix When most folks think “tryptic” they think about painting—lush colors, multi-textural landscapes and the power of light to make things come alive that otherwise are nothing but flat. And in a way,…  Read more

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Cinema Unbound Heroes: Amanda Needham

Amanda Needham makes folks look good on screen. Like really good. And it has not gone unnoticed—she’s a two-time Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer. She has a way of putting characters in clothing that so completely suits them and brings them to life—that her costumes become fashion trends and fodder for the media.  Amanda managed to grow…  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

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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