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Daily Art Moment: Zig Jackson

“While working on his MFA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute during the 1990s, Zig Jackson turned the camera on himself. He wryly explored the ways that he, a Native American, moved through a large American West Coast city that was once the land of Indigenous peoples including the Ohlone, Chochenyo, Karkin, Ramaytush,…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Carrie Mae Weems

Writing continues to be an important way to process, explore, and gain new understanding in these times of upheaval. As fall continues on and communities navigate an especially unusual school year, we were drawn to this piece by Carrie Mae Weems. We imagine that kitchen tables like this one have taken on new roles as…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Lewis W. Hine

“This photograph, made nearly 1,240 feet above the busy streets of midtown Manhattan, depicts steelworkers assembling the Empire State Building’s mooring mast—the top of the skyscraper that was originally meant to be a loading point for dirigible passengers. It is an ideal image to consider on #LaborDay, a federal holiday honoring workers and the results of…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Victor Jorgensen

“This month marks the 75th anniversary of the final phase of World War II in the Pacific Theater, a particularly tragic and destructive moment in our world’s history. You can see this photo, taken during World War II, in person now that the Museum is open Thursdays through Sundays. It’s included in the exhibition ‘Though…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Bruce Davidson

“Last week, when federal troops entered Portland and began injuring and detaining protestors, I was already thinking about the deeply important but dangerous and ethically complex work of photographing at protests. It is critical to bear witness to the struggle for Black lives and record protests for the world to see, but law enforcement organizations…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: American flag

“Monuments are on my mind. As we are seeing statues of racist historical figures being toppled in cities across the country, my thoughts jump over to the American flag. A singular symbol of the idea and the ideals that the United States represents, it also speaks of our history of oppression and the constant fight…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Victor Jorgensen

“#MemorialDay, a solemn American holiday, commemorates those who have died while on active military duty. The central figure of this photograph, taken on board the naval hospital ship USS Solace by Portland’s own Victor Jorgensen during WWII, later succumbed to his battle wounds: According to Jorgensen, ‘Pfc. A. Check of London, Kentucky, caught machine gun…  Read more

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Poster Project: Emmet Gowin

Photographer Emmet Gowin arrived at Mount St. Helens in June 1980, one month after its initial, cataclysmic eruption. He secured a permit to fly over the volcano in what became the first of many visits to the site over the next five years. For Gowin, photographing Mount St. Helens from the air did not produce…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Erika Stone

“This well-known photograph by Erika Stone is new to our permanent collection. Made in 1956, it echoes the present-day photographic trend of incorporating windows and doorways into portraits. These apertures provide access to people while also symbolizing boundaries or barriers. They protect the health of both artist and subject, highlight the current need for physical…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Payne Studio

“Most U.S. colleges, universities, and high schools (and, increasingly, preschools and grade schools!) hold commencement ceremonies in May and June. Photography has long played a part in commemorating the celebrations that mark these significant educational milestones. This year, cameras are especially important, since they’ll be used to help graduates participate in online commencement ceremonies, while…  Read more