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Daily Art Moment: Bobby Abrahamson

Earlier this week, public-facing workers throughout Oregon became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. These are the folks who have kept shelves stocked, food prepared, systems running, buses moving, and packages delivered (among so many other visible and hidden jobs) during a dangerous and anxious time. This additional, positive step toward a healthier future makes me…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Melodie McDaniel

When was the last time you felt really free? In your body, in the space around you, in your mind? This piece by Melodie McDaniel offers a moment to notice, to reflect, and to celebrate those moments in our lives when we have been able to let go, to take deep breaths, to trust, and…  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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Exhibition Installation, Pandemic Style: Ansel Adams in Our Time

Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography  In late January, we installed the magnificent exhibition Ansel Adams in Our Time. While we continue to follow state mandates and wait for lower COVID-19 transmission numbers, we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Museum when it is safe to do so. We’ve had…  Read more

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Podcast— Ansel Adams: In Our Time

Coming soon to the Portland Art Museum is a special exhibition featuring the work of esteemed photographer Ansel Adams and the contemporary photographers he influenced. On this episode of Art Unbound, Julia Dolan, The Minor White Curator of Photography, speaks with the exhibition’s originating curator, Karen Haas, MFA Boston’s Lane Senior Curator of Photographs. Julia…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Don Unrau

Don Unrau served as a U.S. Army Combat Medic in Vietnam. He made his first photographs during the war, and has concentrated his photographic attention on veterans, conflict, and the aftermath of war ever since. Between 1984 and 1989, he invited Vietnam War veterans to express personal reflections—handwritten thoughts, poems, prayers, and essays about their…  Read more

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Dail Art Moment: Jonathan Calm

“In 2016, Jonathan Calm, artist and Stanford University Assistant Professor of Photography, traveled through the American South by car. He documented many of the locations marked as ‘safe spaces’ in ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book,’ which was published from 1936 through 1966. Recently, Calm began photographing ‘Green Book’ sites located in the American West, including…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Carrie Mae Weems

Writing continues to be an important way to process, explore, and gain new understanding in these times of upheaval. As fall continues on and communities navigate an especially unusual school year, we were drawn to this piece by Carrie Mae Weems. We imagine that kitchen tables like this one have taken on new roles as…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Victor Jorgensen

“This month marks the 75th anniversary of the final phase of World War II in the Pacific Theater, a particularly tragic and destructive moment in our world’s history. You can see this photo, taken during World War II, in person now that the Museum is open Thursdays through Sundays. It’s included in the exhibition ‘Though…  Read more

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Art & Conversation: Though There Be Fury on the Waves

Tuesday, August 18 at 10 a.m. with Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photographyvia a live Zoom Webinar and Facebook Livestream Art and Conversation is a free monthly program that takes place on the third Tuesday of every month, featuring lectures by Museum and guest curators, staff, artists, and arts organizations.  August’s talk spotlights Though There Be Fury…  Read more