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Isaka Shamsud-Din Walk-through

Join Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, for a deeper look into Rock of Ages, an exhibition highlighting the work of Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din. Even though the Museum has reopened, this exhibition is in a gallery that is still temporarily closed. However, you have likely seen Shamsud-Din’s work around…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Isaka Shamsud-Din

Art is a rich source of inspiration for our own writing, which in turn invites us deeper into our own stories and the stories of those around us. We invite you to write with us today using this exercise inspired by Isaka Shamsud-Din’s “Hare, Lion and Spider.” Before or after you write, take some time…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Kehinde Wiley

Art invites us deeper into stories. Writing is an especially powerful way to slow down, connect and explore those stories. We invite you to spend some time today with this piece by Kehinde Wiley, noticing what comes up as you put pen to paper. Before or after you write, take some time to learn about…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

“American painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi created portraits of women throughout his career. His early languid female figures and whimsical circus scenes drew on American folk art and his encounters with European art on two trips to Paris in the 1920s. But by the late 1930s, his earlier dreamy, sensuous girls are replaced with women alone, deep…  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: Chaïm Soutine

“Let slide the weary art-historical narratives that lock Soutine into categories of style and sequences of influence. Only look.” —Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for “The New Yorker” “I adore this painting. Full of beautiful contradictions, it seems to stand outside of time while it remains so specific. Chaïm Soutine painted from life, inviting models to…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Jean François de Troy

“As we come to the end of National Poetry Month, here is a reminder of the perpetual power of poetry and art. Jean François de Troy’s ‘Allegory of Poetry’ was painted in Paris in 1733. Following tradition, Poetry is personified as a beautiful woman. With quill pen in hand, she gazes heavenward for inspiration. De…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Olof Grafström

“This panoramic view of Portland was painted by Olof Grafström shortly after he emigrated from Sweden in 1886. I thought you might enjoy picking out landmarks and seeing how our city has evolved even though this photograph cannot do justice to the six-foot-wide canvas. Mount St. Helens dominates the horizon at center. From the painter’s…  Read more

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Poster Project: Isaka Shamsud-Din

With generous support from the PGE Foundation, the Portland Art Museum has created a set of free posters featuring works across the permanent collections. The posters are usually distributed to educators and schools across the region, but this online resource also provides parents and students with artworks you can study and enjoy wherever you are—including your own home. This…  Read more