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Black Lives Matter Banner

The Museum and Northwest Film Center stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. As we prepare to reopen after these past few months of closure due to COVID-19—a time when we saw massive protests against police brutality in our city and around the world—we share a symbol of our support.  What is Black Lives Matter?…  Read more

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Racial Equity: The Museum and Representation of Black Artists

The Portland Art Museum has received and welcomed critical feedback regarding our permanent collection, the representation of Black artists, and the interpretation and scholarship around their works. These calls have grown louder, sparked by the groundswell of focus on racial inequity and justice after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: R. Poole Photography Studio

“Today is #Juneteenth, the commemoration and celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863, it was not until over two years later, on June 19, 1865, that enslaved people in Texas finally were granted freedom. This carte-de-visite portrait of an African American woman,…  Read more

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Acknowledging the role of our museum in oppression

Last week, the Museum and Northwest Film Center shared a message of solidarity with our Black community, staff, and partners in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Abery, and far too many others. After posting that message to our social media channels, we received some questions, comments, and challenges that…  Read more

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Black Lives Matter

We at the Portland Art Museum stand in solidarity with our staff, partners, and community members to demand justice for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, and far too many other Black and Brown lives lost to police violence and a culture of white supremacy. As one of the oldest…  Read more

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In solidarity, demanding racial justice

We stand in solidarity with our community, staff, and partners demanding racial justice. We speak the names George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others to honor their lives and acknowledge the persistent institutional racism that is to blame for their deaths. We also recognize our own museum’s role in supporting systems…  Read more