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Daily Art Moment: Hank Willis Thomas

Back in November, we closed the national tour of the PAM-organized exhibition, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… The works in the exhibition stick with me and I continue to be moved by Thomas’s art that tells us so much about the history and the present in our country. Throughout the last year, I’ve…  Read more

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Brushstrokes Walk-Through Video

This giant outdoor sculpture is not only an inspiring pop of color, but it is one of the artworks that’s free to view whether or not the Museum is open. Narrated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator Of Modern and Contemporary Art, this video explores the history behind Roy Lichtenstein’s series of…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Sara Cwynar

Sara Cwynar’s Encyclopedia Grid (Acropolis) tugs at my wanderlust. During the pandemic, I’ve traveled very little and have not been very far from Portland. Here, Cwynar arranges what appear to be clips and cuttings of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, Greece on a blue backdrop. Each image in the grid shows a finger placed on…  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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Select Gallery Rotations Begin

In order to offer access to more of the Museum’s galleries while still observing COVID guidelines, beginning Thursday, October 29, some galleries will be open on a rotating basis. Under our new schedule, floors 2, 2M, and 3 in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be open Thursdays and Sundays; floors…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Lynda Benglis

“When you visit the second-floor of the modern and contemporary galleries, you’ll find a group of works by women artists: Judy Chicago’s Pasadena Lifesaver Blue, Judy Pfaff’s Untitled, Dorothea Rockburne’s Saqqarah, and Lynda Benglis’s Omega. One of the many sparkle knots Benglis created in the early 1970s, Omega is often described as a feminist send-up…  Read more

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Dail Art Moment: Robert Pruitt

“I look forward to sharing Robert Pruitt’s drawing ‘Meteorite’ with our audiences this fall in an installation of contemporary artworks that are new to the collection. This multimedia piece pairs a large-scale drawing with an old-fashioned walkie-talkie sitting on a pedestal. Pruitt brings the drawing’s fictional world into our real-time and space: the actual radio…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Kristan Kennedy

“Kristan Kennedy often creates abstract paintings on loose linen, washing them numerous times, up to 20–30 washes, wearing away the fabric and embedding the paint deeper into the fibers. Kennedy’s works are strong reminders of Helen Frankenthaler’s (1928–2011) paintings in her use of unprimed canvas to stain the fabric with pigment. Kennedy’s work can be…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Lynn Aldrich

“Brightly colored sponges, rubber gloves, scouring pads and scrubbing brushes pile together in the lively sculpture ‘Biophilia.’ Artist Lynn Aldrich describes this work as a “miniature explosion” created to reflect the many diverse life forms of a coral reef. She bends, cuts, and links these ordinary, everyday cleaning tools, shaping them into representations of vibrant…  Read more

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Hank Willis Thomas’ LOVERULES Walk-through

LOVE RULES LOVE OVER RULES LOVERULES The message that welcomes visitors through the Museum’s main entrance increases in relevance every single day. Inspired by the words of his cousin Songha, Hank Willis Thomas created LOVERULES (2019) as a message of peace, resilience, and gratitude, though new meanings can be interpreted by any viewer. In this…  Read more