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Apr
30
Sun
International Jazz Day
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Photograph of Darrell GrantPart I: 1 p.m.

The Incredible Journey of Jazz Interactive History Program

Learn about the history of jazz, from its beginnings in Africa to its development in the United States and current role in global culture, through this special Museum edition of The Incredible Journey of Jazz. Developed and presented by PDX Jazz, this interactive program features a narrator and jazz ensemble who together demonstrate characterizations of historical figures and musical illustrations from different eras and styles to provide the audience with a living experience of jazz. This program will be kicked off by honoring Darrell Grant with the 2017 Portland Jazz Hero Award presented by the national Jazz Journalists Association.

Part II: 3 p.m.

The Sound of Identity performance with Darrell Grant and the MJ New Quartet

Like the visual artists represented in the Museum’s special exhibition Constructing Identity, African-American jazz artists contributed to black identity. Jazz both drew on and was inspired by the work of African-American visual artists. At the same time, jazz performers and composers like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others continually explored their own expressions of Black American identity.  

This project, which Grant has titled, The Sound of Identity seeks to highlight the connections between the visual and musical arts through pairing compositions by historic African-American jazz artists with selected works from the Constructing Identity exhibit.  The works will be arranged and performed by the chamber-jazz quartet MJ New, featuring Darrell Grant, piano, Mike Horsfall, vibes, Marcus Shelby, bass and Carlton Jackson, drums.

Spotify playlist of music to be presented as part of The Sound of Identity

Also, while you are at the Museum be sure to stop into the Andree Stevens Room to see a collection of exceptional art created by students who participated in the PDX Jazz: Jazz in the Schools education outreach program. This show of select works will be on view April 28 – 30.

Presented in collaboration with PDX Jazz.

Program free with Museum Admission.

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Public Tour: Constructing Identity
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Avel de Knight, The Rehearsal, 1955
Avel de Knight (American, 1923–1995), The Rehearsal, 1955, oil on canvas, 33 x 45 in. © Estate of Avel de Knight.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity.

May
5
Fri
CCNA Gallery Talk: Brenda Mallory
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Installation photo of Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes
Brenda Mallory, Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes

Join Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation) for a close look at her installation Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes. Mallory’s work is inspired by a rereading of Cherokee history and addresses ideas of disruption, repair, and renewal.

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May
7
Sun
Public Tour: Constructing Identity
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Avel de Knight, The Rehearsal, 1955
Avel de Knight (American, 1923–1995), The Rehearsal, 1955, oil on canvas, 33 x 45 in. © Estate of Avel de Knight.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity.

May
13
Sat
Public Tour: Constructing Identity
May 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Avel de Knight, The Rehearsal, 1955
Avel de Knight (American, 1923–1995), The Rehearsal, 1955, oil on canvas, 33 x 45 in. © Estate of Avel de Knight.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity.

May
14
Sun
Family Tour: Constructing Identity
May 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Avel de Knight, The Rehearsal, 1955
Avel de Knight (American, 1923–1995), The Rehearsal, 1955, oil on canvas, 33 x 45 in. © Estate of Avel de Knight.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity.

In Dialogue: Art, Power, And Identity @ Trustee Room, Mark Building
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In Dialogue is an occasional series of interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminars that explore art on view at the Museum in relation to works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The May seminar I Am Not Your Negro Woman: Intersectionality and the Black Female Subject will address some of the big ideas raised by the special exhibition Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art. Moving through a brief history of Black womanhood and its portrayal in the American imagination, this seminar will examine representations of Black female subjects in several works from the Collection, and consider the role of art in challenging or reproducing dehumanizing stereotypes. Claudia Rankine’s 2015 New York Times essay “The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning” will help guide our discussion and emphasize its contemporary relevance to social justice movements, as will issues of representation, politics of respectability, and the close ties between commodification, capital, power, and privilege. Black women will be centered in our investigation, which will also explore evidence and documentation of African-American experience at large.

Seminar facilitator Béalleka has over 10 years’ experience as a university professor of literature and cultural studies specializing in intersectional identity and contemporary representations of American slavery. She left academia in 2015 to be a public educator, writer, and performer and offers diversity, equity, and inclusion training through her firm, Béalleka Consulting. Stay tuned for her co-hosted show, The Unlearning Podcast, dropping Summer 2017!

In preparation for the seminar, please spend time in the Constructing Identity exhibition and complete the following readings:

Claudia Rankine, “The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning

Harriet Jacobs, Preface by the Author and Introduction by the Editor from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The full text is accessible at http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/jacobs/jacobs.html.

A PDF of the reading will be provided on request. Please contact Hana Layson at hana.layson@pam.org.

Space is limited. Registration required.

Educators, please enter the promo code EDUCATOR16 with Adult ticket type to receive your discount.

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Lecture: John Yeon
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
English Miniatures Gallery, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
English Miniatures Gallery, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

John Yeon and the High Stakes of Regionalism in the 1930s

Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; Former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art

Bergdoll explores the work of John Yeon within the context of the 1930s and complex issues of regional architecture and American identity. Yeon’s work will be considered in relationship to well-known architects of the period including Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, and Marcel Breuer.

Learn more about the Exhibition

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May
18
Thu
Public Tour: Constructing Identity
May 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Avel de Knight, The Rehearsal, 1955
Avel de Knight (American, 1923–1995), The Rehearsal, 1955, oil on canvas, 33 x 45 in. © Estate of Avel de Knight.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity.

May
21
Sun
Public Tour: Constructing Identity
May 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Avel de Knight, The Rehearsal, 1955
Avel de Knight (American, 1923–1995), The Rehearsal, 1955, oil on canvas, 33 x 45 in. © Estate of Avel de Knight.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity.

May
25
Thu
Public Tour: Constructing Identity
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Avel de Knight, The Rehearsal, 1955
Avel de Knight (American, 1923–1995), The Rehearsal, 1955, oil on canvas, 33 x 45 in. © Estate of Avel de Knight.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity.

May
27
Sat
Upstanders Festival: Voices of the Unheard
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Upstanders Festival
Photo provided by Museum of Impact

It’s time to amplify voices and activate caring to make our city a better place. Join the Museum of Impact, Don’t Shoot Portland, and the Portland Art Museum as we turn a listening ear to witness unmet needs and unheard voices in PDX.  Enjoy a ‘woke’ & fun-filled day of spoken word, restorative justice, music and media, interactive workshops, art zines, and poster making in support of Black Lives Matter, houselessness, and building tolerance for immigrants.  Build an awareness for social justice alongside neighbors, artists, changemakers, and future friends. Channel your inner Upstander—stand up, speak up, and act up—as we build community together!

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, on view through June 18.  Special thanks to the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Marylhurst University for their participation and support.

Upstanders Festival is a social justice extravaganza, shining a light on the bravery and brilliance of activism and changemakers in our midst. Produced by the Museum of Impact, this event series transforms audiences from bystanders to Upstanders through a variety of activities to enhance equity and creative expression.

  • Make art and build power with like-minded locals.
  • Articulate hopes and dreams for our future.
  • Discover the intersectional role you play in Being the Change!
Public Tour: Constructing Identity
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Avel de Knight, The Rehearsal, 1955
Avel de Knight (American, 1923–1995), The Rehearsal, 1955, oil on canvas, 33 x 45 in. © Estate of Avel de Knight.

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity.

Jun
1
Thu
In Conversation with Mickalene Thomas
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Mickalene ThomasJoin us for a conversation with former Portlander and acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas. Best known for large-scale portraits, landscapes, and interiors that combine art-historical, political, and pop-cultural references, Thomas’ work often investigates complex notions of femininity, beauty, and racial representation. Her work is part of significant permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Hammer Museum, among many others.

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Jul
25
Tue
Chamber Music Northwest Community Concert
Jul 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Imani WindsTaking inspiration from the work featured in the Museum’s exhibitions of Jennifer Steinkamp and a retrospective on architect John Yeon, Chamber Music Northwest presents the Grammy nominated Imani Winds as part of its 2017 Summer Festival. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, Imani Winds enriches the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibitions of video work by Jennifer Steinkamp (on view July 8 – September 17, 2017) and the work of John Yeon (on view May 13 – September 3, 2017).