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Daily Art Moment: Lynda Benglis

“When you visit the second-floor of the modern and contemporary galleries, you’ll find a group of works by women artists: Judy Chicago’s Pasadena Lifesaver Blue, Judy Pfaff’s Untitled, Dorothea Rockburne’s Saqqarah, and Lynda Benglis’s Omega. One of the many sparkle knots Benglis created in the early 1970s, Omega is often described as a feminist send-up…  Read more

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Dail Art Moment: Robert Pruitt

“I look forward to sharing Robert Pruitt’s drawing ‘Meteorite’ with our audiences this fall in an installation of contemporary artworks that are new to the collection. This multimedia piece pairs a large-scale drawing with an old-fashioned walkie-talkie sitting on a pedestal. Pruitt brings the drawing’s fictional world into our real-time and space: the actual radio…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Marlon Mullen

“Marlon Mullen begins his paintings with covers and pages cut from lifestyle magazines and contemporary art periodicals. As he develops a work, he transforms the images into a painted matrix of interlocking colors and forms. This work started with the cover of ‘Horizon,’ an arts-and-culture journal published from 1958 to 1989 and it is more…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Lynn Aldrich

“Brightly colored sponges, rubber gloves, scouring pads and scrubbing brushes pile together in the lively sculpture ‘Biophilia.’ Artist Lynn Aldrich describes this work as a “miniature explosion” created to reflect the many diverse life forms of a coral reef. She bends, cuts, and links these ordinary, everyday cleaning tools, shaping them into representations of vibrant…  Read more

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Hank Willis Thomas’ LOVERULES Walk-through

LOVE RULES LOVE OVER RULES LOVERULES The message that welcomes visitors through the Museum’s main entrance increases in relevance every single day. Inspired by the words of his cousin Songha, Hank Willis Thomas created LOVERULES (2019) as a message of peace, resilience, and gratitude, though new meanings can be interpreted by any viewer. In this…  Read more

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Isa Genzken’s Two Orchids Walk-through

Isa Genzken’s Two Orchids is being taken down on Tuesday, August 18. The sculpture loan was installed in 2017 and graced a space previously occupied by a heritage chestnut tree. The giant cast aluminum and stainless steel orchids tower alongside the Museum’s Belluschi Building. Earlier this year Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: American flag

“Monuments are on my mind. As we are seeing statues of racist historical figures being toppled in cities across the country, my thoughts jump over to the American flag. A singular symbol of the idea and the ideals that the United States represents, it also speaks of our history of oppression and the constant fight…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Vaginal Davis

“Vaginal Davis describes herself as a ‘doyenne of intersexed outsider art,’ working across, around, and between artistic disciplines: she is a performance artist, painter, curator, composer, writer, and musician. She is an originator of the homo-core punk movement and a genderqueer art-music icon. Interviewed by author Cyrus Grace Dunham, Davis said, ‘I don’t fit into…  Read more

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Curators in Conversation: Triple Candie on the exhibition Being Present

The Portland Art Museum is an extensive resource of the art history of the Northwest. Our Crumpacker Library houses several archives, and one of the most sought-after is that of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts, an ambitious contemporary art gallery active from 1972 to 1987. PCVA showcased avant-garde visual and performing artists and…  Read more

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Mark Rothko play on PBS

Don’t miss the chance to see John Logan’s acclaimed play Red, now streaming on PBS.org through May 27. Mark Rothko has deep roots in Portland and a special connection to the Portland Art Museum. Portland was his home as a youth after immigrating from Latvia and he took his first art classes and received his…  Read more