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Blazers star Carmelo Anthony nominates PAM for $100,000 prize supporting Black Art and Experiences

Portland Trail Blazers star Carmelo Anthony was named the winner of the first Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award in recognition of his work for civil rights, Black empowerment, and racial equity.  Last week’s NBA announcement was reported by local, national, and international outlets including The Oregonian, ESPN Global, ABC News, and Sports Illustrated.  In…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

Some places are so iconic, so famous, that they seem to carry their own personalities with them. You could imagine what they might be saying to one another about the world around them, about the weather, about the throngs of people who come to see them. During this holiday weekend, we invite you to spend…  Read more

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The Summer Series at Madison Plaza featuring The Numberz FM

As we tune into the energy of warmer weather, we are excited to share more information about the Madison Plaza Summer Series, a collection of pop-up programs and events in partnership with the Museum, The Numberz FM, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Working with the City Repair Project, staff gathered on Friday, June…  Read more

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Museum Lifts COVID Restrictions

In accordance with Oregon Governor Brown’s office, the Museum and Northwest Film Center have lifted COVID-19 pandemic restrictions including mask-wearing and social distancing. The lifted restrictions also mean there is more visitor capacity for popular exhibitions like Ansel Adams in Our Time.  Museum staff and visitors are encouraged and empowered to make their own individual…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Mitch Epstein

As we deepen into summer, and record heat, droughts, and wildfires become part of the normal rhythms of the season, we are asked to reflect more about our response to the changing climate. Can we live in harmony with the earth? Where does our footprint end and nature begin? Photographer Mitch Epstein’s series American Power…  Read more

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Marking Juneteenth: A Conversation About Candlesticks and Slavery

For the past few years, Ted Smith, longtime Portland Art Museum Visitor Services Lead has been marking Juneteenth by doing one of the many things that he does so well—connecting Museum visitors with art and making connections to our shared history of slavery and its lasting impact on our society. June 19th is Juneteenth, the…  Read more

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Markham Elementary and Ansel Adams

Erica Huber teaches art to Kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Markham Elementary in Southwest Portland. Like teachers everywhere, she had to reinvent her teaching practice this year for distance learning. She packaged art supplies for students to use at home and recorded videos of herself for lessons that students could take asynchronously. Huber sought ways…  Read more

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Postcards to the Earth: PPS HeART of Portland Exhibition and Showcase 2021

This month, the Portland Art Museum is celebrating the extraordinary work of Portland Public Schools students and teachers with an Ansel Adams-inspired installation in the Museum gift store windows. The installation is part of the annual K-12 student arts showcase, The HeART of Portland, scaled down for a school year in which most students spent…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Laura McPhee

 “Photographing in the burned forest was one of the great, joyful experiences of my life,” Laura McPhee has said, “finding that catastrophe to be so beautiful,… so stunningly unexpected.” In McPhee’s Midsummer (Lupine and Fireweed), landscape provides a metaphor for loss and the regenerative power of natural cycles. This week, we invite you to contemplate…  Read more

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Listening to Community: Reflecting on The Numberz and Portland Art Museum Partnership

Written in collaboration by Jaleesa Johnston and Stephanie Parrish from the Portland Art Museum and DJ Ambush from The Numberz FM A central component of our work at the Museum is building meaningful relationships that strengthen the bridge between art and community. This guiding principal has been at the core of an ongoing partnership with…  Read more