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Write Around PAM: Fujikasa Satoko

Even though the official start of spring is still a week away, we can feel the shift in the season. This piece by Fujikasa Satoko feels like a perfect embodiment of springtime—bursting forth, flowing, bringing energy and light into our days. A celebrated Japanese ceramicist, Fujikasa transforms clay into astonishing creations that appear lighter than…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Roy DeCarava

Writing allows us to reflect deeply on our journey, as individuals, as families, as community. This evocative photograph by Roy DeCarava has appeared in two Portland Art Museum exhibitions that each considered the meaning of journeys and transitions in very different ways, one through African American art and the Great Migration and the other through…  Read more

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Sea Creatures light up Museum courtyard

Immersive light and sound installation kicks off new series with Mobile Projection Unit, beginning with the Portland Winter Light (non)Festival Sea Creatures ONE NIGHT ONLY:  This Friday, February 5, 7–9 p.m.Hank Willis Thomas neon LOVERULES: included in Winter Light (non)Festival, February 5–6 and 12–13 In a night of immersive light and projection installation, the Portland Art Museum…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Neil Meitzler

Both visual art and creative writing can invite us into abstract thoughts, a chance to step away from the traditional narrative and into a different way of thinking, seeing, speaking. We invite you to spend some time in the abstract today, using this piece by Northwest painter Neil Meitzler as inspiration. “While our existence momentarily…  Read more

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Podcast—Working Outside Your Walls: Navigating Museum Learning & Community During a Pandemic

Portland Art Museum’s Director of Learning & Community Partnerships, Stephanie Parrish, is joined by her counterpart at the Denver Art Museum, Heather Nielsen, to discuss the ins and outs of museum learning and how they’ve had to shift all that they do in response to a world where in-person programming is on hold. This episode is part…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Fern Coppedge

Many of us have likely gotten to know the streets we live on a bit better this year as we take walks in the neighborhood or spend time looking out our windows while we try to stay close to home and maintain social distancing. Or maybe life has shifted in a way that means our…  Read more

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Portland Fine Print Fair 2021 Goes Digital

January 22–February 8 Buy and browse online at westcoastprintfair.com By Mary Weaver Chapin, Curator of Prints and Drawings As with so many things this past year, the Portland Fine Print Fair (PFPF) is pivoting online. I am thrilled that we’re able to play a part in keeping this event going. For me, the Museum, and…  Read more

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Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. , resources & an equity update

Approaching this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I am called to gather my thoughts more intentionally on what this day offers us in this particular moment in time. As one of the few Black stories acknowledged in US history books throughout childhood, the work of Dr. King cements him as a fixture in political…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Mary Adams

At two inches by two inches in diameter, this piece by Mary Adams (Mohawk, Canadian) feels quintessentially “small but mighty” and so full of intricate beauty. In these fraught days, we invite you to spend some time writing in this spirit of “small but mighty,” knowing that each of us has a mighty role to…  Read more

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Art & Conversation: Distance Learning in the Arts with PHAME

Tuesday, January 19 at 10 a.m. via a live Zoom Webinar and Facebook Livestream Panel Participants Rob Smith, Director of Community EngagementJenny Stadler, Executive DirectorTim Mair, PHAME student and staff memberCrystal Kralian, PHAME student We are excited to kick off this year’s Art and Conversation programming in a dialogue with staff and students from PHAME. PHAME is a fine and performing arts academy…  Read more