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Daily Art Moment: Leopoldo Méndez

“Today marks the anniversary of the historic Battle of Puebla of 1862, in which underequipped and outnumbered Mexican troops defeated the French army under Napoleon III, who were fighting to place Mexico under the rule of Maximilian of Austria. In Puebla, May 5 is commemorated with a reenactment of the battle and a large civic…  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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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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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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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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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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Daily Art Moment: Katherine Bradford

“The psychological is a recurring theme that I come back to, and explore what it’s like to be alone, what it’s like to be together, what it’s like to be alone together.” —Katherine Bradford, Artist “One of the works at the Museum that I miss seeing is Katherine Bradford’s Ritual (2017). I find the way…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Paul Elie Ranson

“As a curator, I carry around a huge mental image bank of art. This professional hazard means that just about everything reminds me of a print, drawing, or painting. So when my family joined the millions of others watching the controversial and bizarre miniseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on Netflix, my thoughts turned…  Read more