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July Reopening & New Exhibition Schedule

Beginning July 16, the Museum will reopen some of its galleries and welcome a limited number of visitors to ensure everyone’s health and well-being. Over the summer, more galleries of the Museum will be reopened as conditions allow. The schedule of exhibitions that were postponed due to the COVID-19 closure has also been updated, including the extension of…  Read more

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A Bird’s Eye View of Mount St. Helens

Adapted from a Portland Public Schools Arts projectInspired by the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art Download the PDF or follow the instructions below. In the centuries before the development of aircraft, mapmakers relied on a largely imagined aerial—or “bird’s eye view”—perspective to depict their surroundings. To twentieth-century artists, being able to fly in…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Barbara Noah

“For the 40th anniversary of the great eruption of Mount St. Helens, here is a wonderful work by Seattle artist Barbara Noah. It is based on a United States Geological Survey photograph of the eruption plume. Barbara describes its creation: ‘When Mount St. Helens first erupted with small emissions, I visited frequently, driving up logging…  Read more

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Online Exhibition: Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, we are thrilled to share a new online exhibition experience for Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art. We are also pleased to announce that the exhibition will be extended to January 2021 so that when it is safe for us to…  Read more

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Mount St. Helens Eruption 40th Anniversary Partner Programs

The exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art, marks the 40th anniversary of the 1980 eruption and examines artists’ responses to the awesome beauty and power of the volcano. While the physical exhibition remains closed and planned programs and events canceled, we are pleased to share a sampling of programs from organizations around the region…  Read more

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Mount St. Helens: A Landscape Across Time

Live Stream Event May 17, 3:30 p.m. On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 eruption, come together with the Portland Art Museum and Mount St. Helens Institute for a series of reflections on the art, culture, and science of the mountain’s ever-changing landscapes. Using the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Volcano!

“As we approach the 40th anniversary of the great eruption of Mount St. Helens, here are two distinct impressions of the volcano’s beautiful conical shape before its radical transformation on May 18, 1980. The paintings were created about thirty years apart by two of Oregon’s most distinguished women artists. Grace Fountain lived in Ashland and…  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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Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art Walk-through

Take a virtual walkthrough of Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art. This video features exhibition photography and select narration by exhibition curator Dawson Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art Large Print exhibition texts and labels Exhibition panels View the works online Photos by Ben Cort #MuseumFromHome