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Back to School Resources

Welcome to a new school year unlike any other! Here at the Museum, we feel sad that we will not see throngs of students jostling to get in the front doors—at least for the foreseeable future. But we are excited to connect with educators, parents, and students at all levels through distance learning resources and…  Read more

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1,001 art kits and counting: Sharing an extraordinary time through Journal On!

Last spring, as it became clear that the pandemic shutdown would stretch through the summer and beyond, and that most in-person camps would be canceled and pools closed, PAM Learning and Community Partnerships staff gathered over Zoom with Carolyn Hazel Drake, Portland Public Schools Visual Arts district leader, and Kathleen Lane, Program Director at Create…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Elizabeth Malaska

“Elizabeth Malaska has continued her focus in painting with a feminist view exploring the place of the female body. Oftentimes looking to art history and the female form, Malaska nearly always references these moments while contextualizing them through a contemporary lens. Through this way of work, Malaska addresses the gaze, the subject of power and…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Claes Oldenburg

“We all deserve a treat during the dog days of August, and who better to serve it up than artworld prankster, Claes Oldenburg? Oldenburg humorously transforms familiar things through shifts in scale and media. In this work, the fleshy letters that form a melting ice cream bar recall his soft canvas sculptures from the previous…  Read more

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Museum Supports Youth Art Experiences This Summer

This month the Portland Art Museum will begin to distribute several thousand art kits to youth throughout the Portland region as well as into more rural communities of the Columbia River Gorge. The art kits complement Journal On!, a recently launched community art and writing project developed in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Create…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Auguste Rodin

“In honor of #BastilleDay, I offer you one of the greatest French objects in the Museum’s collection. Rodin conceived and modelled it in 1879 for a public monument to commemorate the defense of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871). It depicts the battered Spirit of Liberty shrieking a call to arms above the body of…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Guercino

“Drawings give us an intimate look at artists at work. Among the finest drawings in the Museum collection is this sheet by Guercino, one of the greatest draftsmen in the history of art. He drew habitually and was a natural virtuoso in a broad range of media, but favored working with a goose-feather pen dipped…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Lorenzo Triburgo

“I began ‘Transportraits’ when I came out as TransQueer in 2008—a time before the proliferation of trans representations we see in dominant media today (for better or worse) and before any kind of ‘tipping point.’ I felt the need to create positive representations of trans-masculinities and to address the false notion of gender as ‘natural’…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Katsushika Hokusai

“Last summer I hiked to Ramona Falls in Mt. Hood National Forest for the first time—and immediately thought of this print. Water cascades down the rocks, forking into powerful branches before spilling out in a fine, ethereal spray. Below, pilgrims on their way to nearby shrines at Nikkō stand transfixed. At right, two figures climb…  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