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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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Poster Project: Shiva Natarāja

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by spending some time with this graceful south Indian sculpture of Shiva Natarāja, featured in the Poster Project. The great Hindu god Shiva is the deity who destroys the cosmos so that it can be renewed again. Shiva has many aspects or forms. Here he appears as Natarāja, who…  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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Poster Project: William Cumming

This week’s Poster Project highlight features Seattle artist William Cumming, a survivor of the 1940s tuberculosis pandemic. Cumming is known for his bright, kinetic paintings of scenes from everyday life. His paintings are at once familiar and strange, portraying figures—often children—engaged in ordinary activities, but rendered abstract through flat planes of color and obscured faces.…  Read more

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Poster Project: Corita Kent

As National Poetry Month wraps up, we’re celebrating the “joyous revolutionary” Corita Kent—an artist, teacher, and advocate for social justice who gained international fame in the 1960s for her vibrant screenprints. Kent responded to the world around her by repurposing signs, images, and slogans as art. In this print, she lifts a slogan from Dash…  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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Poster Project: Yosa Buson

This week’s Poster Project highlight features Thatched Retreat on Cold Mountain by 18th-century Japanese painter and poet Yosa Buson, a wonderful scroll painting seen in our 2018 exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art. In this painting, Buson acknowledges the traditional ideal of seclusion—a scholar sits in a tiny cottage that is perched on stilts over a rushing stream. But what he…  Read more

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Poster Project: George Johanson

Portland-based artist George Johanson once said, “I feel like I’m doing a portrait over and over again of the city.” Following Mount St. Helens’ eruption in 1980, the volcano became a motif in those portraits. Sometimes it sends a black column of smoke into the sky. Other times, as in this glorious print featured in…  Read more

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Poster Project: Isaka Shamsud-Din

With generous support from the PGE Foundation, the Portland Art Museum has created a set of free posters featuring works across the permanent collections. The posters are usually distributed to educators and schools across the region, but this online resource also provides parents and students with artworks you can study and enjoy wherever you are—including your own home. This…  Read more