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Tolerated Margins of Mess

Artist Robert Colescott‘s explorations of racism and misogyny reflect ambiguous relationships between belief and practice, individual and society, and sex and repression. His works illuminate what writer Barbara Babcock calls, “a tolerated margin of mess,” which she defines as areas of duality which obliterate conventional societal codes. As is clear in Art and Race Matters:…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Harry Fonseca

Nature carries within it profound beauty and immense power. We are often drawn to the tallest trees, the widest fields, the deepest canyons, the bluest lakes, the starriest skies. The cycles of nature provide food, shelter, rest, renewal, and hope. Nature, and our existence in it, is also so fragile, as we continue to see…  Read more

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Back to School Resources

Welcome to a new school year unlike any other! Here at the Museum, we feel sad that we will not see throngs of students jostling to get in the front doors—at least for the foreseeable future. But we are excited to connect with educators, parents, and students at all levels through distance learning resources and…  Read more

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1,001 art kits and counting: Sharing an extraordinary time through Journal On!

Last spring, as it became clear that the pandemic shutdown would stretch through the summer and beyond, and that most in-person camps would be canceled and pools closed, PAM Learning and Community Partnerships staff gathered over Zoom with Carolyn Hazel Drake, Portland Public Schools Visual Arts district leader, and Kathleen Lane, Program Director at Create…  Read more

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Museum Supports Youth Art Experiences This Summer

This month the Portland Art Museum will begin to distribute several thousand art kits to youth throughout the Portland region as well as into more rural communities of the Columbia River Gorge. The art kits complement Journal On!, a recently launched community art and writing project developed in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Create…  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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The Numberz Juneteenth Teach-In

Juneteenth Teach-In 2020: Blackness in Focus June 19, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. June 19th is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with…  Read more

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Launching Journal On!

How we journey through this moment, one page at a time. What’s it like being you right now? How has your life been changed? How will you look back on this moment? We want to hear from you! The Portland Art Museum, Portland Public Schools, and Create More, Fear Less are assembling one enduring art…  Read more

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Black Lives Matter

We at the Portland Art Museum stand in solidarity with our staff, partners, and community members to demand justice for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, and far too many other Black and Brown lives lost to police violence and a culture of white supremacy. As one of the oldest…  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