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Art and Writing During the Pandemic: Celebrating the Write Around Portland Partnership

It has been more than one year since Write Around Portland and the Portland Art Museum began collaborating on weekly, art-inspired writing prompts to sustain our souls and our sense of connection during the pandemic. Write Around Portland staff and writing workshop facilitators have created over 60 writing prompts inspired by works in the Portland…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Lynn Aldrich

Earth Day is this Thursday, April 22, and this piece by Lynn Aldrich feels like a fitting companion as we explore our relationship to this planet we call home. To create this sculpture, Aldrich bent, cut, and linked everyday cleaning tools, shaping them into representations of vibrant sea creatures. Biophilia is both fun and serious,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Diane Jacobs

Diane Jacobs is drawn to wool, hair, and paper pulp materials in much of her work. For Jacobs, hair is a material that incorporates our humanity woven into the material’s very history and genetics. It is also a material filled with social taboos and is inherently visceral, coming from one’s own body. In Global Inversion,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Terresa White, Mark Tetpon, and Don Johnston

Seal Vision: Shared Spirit celebrates the inter-related lives of seals with the people and animals of the far north. Echoing the format of Yu’pik dance masks, this striking mixed media sculpture is the result of a collaboration between Terresa White (Yup’ik), Mark Tetpon (Inupiaq) and Don Johnston (Qagan Tayagungin Aleut). There are so many stories…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Lynda Benglis

“When you visit the second-floor of the modern and contemporary galleries, you’ll find a group of works by women artists: Judy Chicago’s Pasadena Lifesaver Blue, Judy Pfaff’s Untitled, Dorothea Rockburne’s Saqqarah, and Lynda Benglis’s Omega. One of the many sparkle knots Benglis created in the early 1970s, Omega is often described as a feminist send-up…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Wally Dion

“With the vivid, sculptural work, ‘Green Star Quilt,’ artist Wally Dion has cleverly transformed ordinary materials that most people rely upon every day, but do not notice, into a bold work of art. The star pattern is evocative of the quilting tradition practiced among many Native communities in the United States and Canada, but this…  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: Vaginal Davis

“Vaginal Davis describes herself as a ‘doyenne of intersexed outsider art,’ working across, around, and between artistic disciplines: she is a performance artist, painter, curator, composer, writer, and musician. She is an originator of the homo-core punk movement and a genderqueer art-music icon. Interviewed by author Cyrus Grace Dunham, Davis said, ‘I don’t fit into…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: John Outterbridge

“In his Containment Series, John Outterbridge combined industrial materials with handcrafted pieces and found objects. In form and concept, he explores what makes up boundaries: structural ones like frames; material ones like straps and metal sheets; all of which are suggestive of physical constraints like cells and belts. Five carved faces emerge from within the…  Read more