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Daily Art Moment: Jess Perlitz

Jess Perlitz’s Burned Beast is a mismatched creature, resembling an ill-fitted hobby horse with visible seams and dowels. The basswood has been hand-chiseled and sanded, and burnt in the final stage, at once creating a pragmatic and protective seal, while also signaling a kind of ritual act. The “shadow” is created by rubbing charcoal on…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi’s polished bronze A Muse is one of the anchors of the Museum’s collection of European modern art. The sculpture is a refined distillation of a woman’s facial features. A muse is a person, or a personified force, that inspires artistic creation. Brancusi depicted this subject several times, making versions in marble, plaster, and…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Anne Truitt

As we officially welcome winter with the solstice this week, we invite you to spend some time with Bonne by Anne Truitt. This sculpture carries the energy and colors of this season—the smooth blue of an ice-covered pond, the deep blues of a winter storm, the white blanket of freshly fallen snow. We encourage you…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Silas Aittauq

Spirits, by Inuit sculptor Silas Aittauq, carries an energy that seems fitting for this season of Halloween, of harvest, of Dia de Muertos, and of remembering those who have passed. We invite you to take some time today to reflect on, and then write about, your own spirit in this moment. What parts of your…  Read more

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Art and Writing During the Pandemic: Celebrating the Write Around Portland Partnership

It has been more than one year since Write Around Portland and the Portland Art Museum began collaborating on weekly, art-inspired writing prompts to sustain our souls and our sense of connection during the pandemic. Write Around Portland staff and writing workshop facilitators have created over 60 writing prompts inspired by works in the Portland…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Ron Nagle

“Diabolically beautiful.” “Ridiculously seductive.” “Subversively beautiful.” These are just a few reactions to Ron Nagle’s small scale ceramic sculptures. This photograph shows only a glimmer of the iridescent color and craggy surface of Fortgang. The scale feels off too—it seems like it should be bigger, more weighty, but the work is not even 5 inches…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Shaun Peterson

Ravens hold special significance and symbolism in many cultures and traditions, and especially in the Coast Salish peoples of the Pacific Northwest, as seen here in Shaun Peterson’s Circling Ravens II. These birds are woven into art, into storytelling, into deep personal and cultural connections. Peterson, whose Native name is Qwalsius, uses the phrase “traditional…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: David Emitt Adams

“As long as people have been in the American West, they have found its barren desert landscapes to be ideal for dumping detritus. Today, the notion of land untouched by humans is so foreign it might as well be make-believe. For pieces in the series Conversations With History, I collect discarded metal objects from massive…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Marcel Dzama

“I draw during the day, but my ideas come at night.” —Marcel Dzama Just before PAM closed temporarily, our team installed this large new acquisition by Marcel Dzama and not many people have had the chance to see it yet. We look forward to sharing this surreal life-size diorama with you soon! On the Banks…  Read more

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Brushstrokes Walk-Through Video

This giant outdoor sculpture is not only an inspiring pop of color, but it is one of the artworks that’s free to view whether or not the Museum is open. Narrated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator Of Modern and Contemporary Art, this video explores the history behind Roy Lichtenstein’s series of…  Read more