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Daily Art Moment: Cherokee Mask

“Some objects in our collection are a bit of a mystery because they were acquired with limited documentation. One of our challenges as curators is to determine if the information in our records is correct. This Cherokee mask is dated between 1850 and 1900 which is a broad range of dates during which there was…  Read more

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Poster Project: Shiva Natarāja

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by spending some time with this graceful south Indian sculpture of Shiva Natarāja, featured in the Poster Project. The great Hindu god Shiva is the deity who destroys the cosmos so that it can be renewed again. Shiva has many aspects or forms. Here he appears as Natarāja, who…  Read more

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Daily Art Moments: Albert Besnard

“In late nineteenth-century Paris, morphine, a powerful opiate, was both legal and widespread. Although addiction afflicted all classes of society, artists were particularly fond of depicting fashionable women as part of the decadent underbelly of the city. In this etching, Besnard depicts two glassy-eyed morphinomanes (morphine addicts) relaxing into a stupor. The carafe on the…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Joe Feddersen

“Coming upon Joe Feddersen’s Blue Horizon, from the series Rainscape feels like the perfect embodiment of our elongated spring in the Pacific Northwest, and much like the very weather we are having this week. Blue Horizon captures the opulent layers of the dawn sky as indirect sunlight scatters the soft hues to layers of delicate…  Read more

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A Bird’s Eye View of Mount St. Helens

Adapted from a Portland Public Schools Arts projectInspired by the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art Download the PDF or follow the instructions below. In the centuries before the development of aircraft, mapmakers relied on a largely imagined aerial—or “bird’s eye view”—perspective to depict their surroundings. To twentieth-century artists, being able to fly in…  Read more

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Echoes and Impressions

Adapted from a Portland Public Schools Arts projectInspired by the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art Download the PDF or follow the instructions below. A compression fossil is formed when plants or animals are placed under physical pressure by layer upon layer of sediment that eventually hardens into rock. It’s very common to find…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Heidi Schwegler

During this time, it is important that we all take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy and heal.  Join us for a writing exercise focused on the everyday objects we spend our days with, taking this piece by Heidi Schwegler as a starting point.   Step 1: Make a list…  Read more

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PPS Visual Arts Virtual Gallery

Congratulations to Portland Public Schools student artists and their teachers! PPS has announced the winners of the 2020 HeART of Portland Showcase Poster Competition and launched the new PPS Visual Arts Virtual Gallery. The competition was a very crowded and impressive field of 61 submissions and the jurying went to two rounds. As award-winning entries,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Bue Kee

“Bue Kee’s ‘Self-Portrait’ is currently a part of the exhibit, Portraiture from the Collection of Northwest Art, and it is a work I am eager to see again in person. Kee worked in a variety of mediums including painting, ceramics, and photography. Born and raised on a farm outside of Portland, Kee was Chinese-American. Despite…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Wendy Red Star

“As we face uncertainty about our lives in the wake of a pandemic, I find comfort in works by Native artists who create visions of a future where traditional knowledge and culture continue to thrive. Crow artist Wendy Red Star created a photography and fashion series, Thunder Up Above (2011) which imagines this presence in…  Read more