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Write Around PAM: Carrie Mae Weems

During this time, it is important we all take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy, and heal. Using this work by Carrie Mae Weems as inspiration, here are two prompts to help you get going. You can choose one, both or follow your own adventure.  Set a timer for…  Read more

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Poster Project: Emmet Gowin

Photographer Emmet Gowin arrived at Mount St. Helens in June 1980, one month after its initial, cataclysmic eruption. He secured a permit to fly over the volcano in what became the first of many visits to the site over the next five years. For Gowin, photographing Mount St. Helens from the air did not produce…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Erika Stone

“This well-known photograph by Erika Stone is new to our permanent collection. Made in 1956, it echoes the present-day photographic trend of incorporating windows and doorways into portraits. These apertures provide access to people while also symbolizing boundaries or barriers. They protect the health of both artist and subject, highlight the current need for physical…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Payne Studio

“Most U.S. colleges, universities, and high schools (and, increasingly, preschools and grade schools!) hold commencement ceremonies in May and June. Photography has long played a part in commemorating the celebrations that mark these significant educational milestones. This year, cameras are especially important, since they’ll be used to help graduates participate in online commencement ceremonies, while…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Minor White

“This photograph by Minor White has long been a favorite of mine, and it resonates more deeply these days. In 1938, White, who moved to Portland from Minnesota in 1937, was hired as a ‘creative photographer’ for the Oregon Art Project, a division of the federal government’s Works Progress Administration. The WPA provided meaningful work…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Victor Jorgensen

“In early 1945, Lt. Victor Jorgensen (1913–1994), a Portland native, photographed on the hospital ship USS Solace. During World War II, the Solace traveled between Pearl Harbor and various South Pacific locations. Jorgensen’s photographs depict the skilled care that the doctors, nurses, and crew provided while at sea on a ship that was unarmed and…  Read more

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Poster Project: Carrie Mae Weems

This week’s Poster Project highlight celebrates the birthday of photographer Carrie Mae Weems, born in Portland on April 20, 1953, and the subject of a 2013 Portland Art Museum exhibition. In this image from the Kitchen Table series, Weems creates a dramatic stage—a small room with a table and a single overhead light—to explore the dynamics of domestic relationships. For…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Drex Brooks

“Longtime Oregon photographer Drex Brooks captured intimate moments of people, rural life, and the arid landscape of Eastern Oregon where he lived. In this photograph, a young girl sits in a pond, listening to water as its gentle undulations radiate outward from where she sits. As the recent pandemic has turned down the volume of…  Read more

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Though There Be Fury on the Waves Walk-through

Due to the temporary Coronavirus-related closure of the Portland Art Museum, Though There Be Fury on the Waves: Victor Jorgensen at Sea 1943 – 1945 was only open to the public for a few hours. This Virtual Walk-Through, narrated by Julia Dolan, the Minor White Curator of Photography, features detail shots and exhibition photography. To…  Read more