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Daily Art Moment: David Emitt Adams

“As long as people have been in the American West, they have found its barren desert landscapes to be ideal for dumping detritus. Today, the notion of land untouched by humans is so foreign it might as well be make-believe. For pieces in the series Conversations With History, I collect discarded metal objects from massive…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Joe Goode and Dorothea Rockburne

After spending so much of the quarantine year interfacing with the flattened spaces of computer screens, I am anxious to rebuild the “muscles” used for close, sustained looking. Two works that I find compelling—and quietly subversive—can be found on the second floor of the modern and contemporary wing. Hanging right across from each other, Joe…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Bobby Abrahamson

Earlier this week, public-facing workers throughout Oregon became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. These are the folks who have kept shelves stocked, food prepared, systems running, buses moving, and packages delivered (among so many other visible and hidden jobs) during a dangerous and anxious time. This additional, positive step toward a healthier future makes me…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Barbara Earl Thomas

“I think about salvation and redemption, where in the world it might come from. Who and what in the end will save us from ourselves. One can only imagine what shape any God might take.” —Barbara Earl Thomas With this work and related pieces, Barbara Earl Thomas explored humanity’s relationship with nature. Depictions of the…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Diego Rivera

Today we celebrate Mexican-American civil rights leader, Cesar Estrada Chavez, a former migrant worker who co-founded the UFW (United Farm Workers) with fellow activist, Dolores Huerta, which fought for unionization for laborers. Chavez, influenced by the non-violent tactics of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., used strikes, boycotts, and picketing to achieve equity for these…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: M.C. Escher

As we move into spring from winter, I am reminded of M.C. Escher’s woodcut Day & Night, which captures another transition. In this engaging yet perplexing image, white and black birds appear above the checkered fields below, marking the switch from the nocturnal to the diurnal. Escher plays with negative and positive space, light and…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Childe Hassam

Spring is approaching, and the clear skies and sunny days are a cheerful welcome. With the changing season, I am reminded of Childe Hassam’s two paintings and his impressions of the Oregon landscape on his second visit to the region, which was quite different from his New England hometown. In Afternoon Sky, Harney Desert, Hassam…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: M.E. Norton

As the old adage reminds us, March roars in like a lion and out like lamb. This poster advertising the March 1895 edition of The Bookman makes witty reference to this saying with bold graphic style. The undulating lines around the lion seem to amplify its might roar, while the small lamb at its feet…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Shan Goshorn

Shan Goshorn was a respected Cherokee artist who initially became known for her deeply personal work in the 1990s as a photographer and mixed media artist. She became best known for her paper baskets which combined historical imagery and text with traditional Cherokee basket-weaving techniques. Chief Antoine Moise is part of a series of works…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Alwyn O’Brien

On first glance, Alwyn O’Brien’s sculpture might resemble a vase. O’Brien opens up the typically solid vessel shape by piecing together hand-rolled coils of clay. She loops, elongates, twists, and weaves the strands to suggest a jumble of energetic motion. The title is like a short poem evoking multiple meanings; the words can be read…  Read more