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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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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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Art & Conversation: Though There Be Fury on the Waves

Tuesday, August 18 at 10 a.m. with Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photographyvia a live Zoom Webinar and Facebook Livestream Art and Conversation is a free monthly program that takes place on the third Tuesday of every month, featuring lectures by Museum and guest curators, staff, artists, and arts organizations.  August’s talk spotlights Though There Be Fury…  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: 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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George Floyd

George Floyd Protest is Art These two tags were spray-painted along the walkway in front of the Mark Building Sunday night. There are many other tags throughout the campus. While part of me hates that our museum buildings were defaced, at the same time I want these two tags to stay, at least for a…  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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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