In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy, on view October 18, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40, on view at the Portland Art Museum October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015.

The Enclave: Richard Mosse – November 8, 2014 - February 15, 2015

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UPDATED: New for the Wall Event Adds SEven Works to the Collection

New for the Wall, the Museum’s evening to grow the collection, resulted in the acquisition of three works of art. Following lively presentations by the seven curators at the Oct. 1 event, the guests voted. In the first round, Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture Likunt Daniel Ailin (The World Stage: Israel), the selection of Bruce Guenther, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, was chosen for acquisition. The second round was close, but the Katsusaka Jōmon Deep Pot, presented by Maribeth Graybill, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, was selected by a single-vote margin.

At the end of the event, several guests stepped forward with the funds to purchase the Abelardo Morell photograph Manhattan View Looking South in Large Room, the selection of Julia Dolan, The Minor White Curator of Photography. Thanks to their generosity, this stunning photograph will become a part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

UPDATE: Thanks to the generosity of donors, four more works have been secured for the Museum collections: the Native American works Tribute Panel and Tribute Chest by David Boxley and his sons; and the two European paintings, The Village Party and The Game of Bowls by Pieter Angillis.

Learn more about the New for the Wall event and the curators’ choices.

Bruce Guenther Announces Retirement

The Museum today announced the retirement of Bruce Guenther, chief curator and The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. His last day will be October 20.

“It has been an honor to have worked with Bruce," said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director. "As chief curator, he has played a critical role in helping define not only our modern and contemporary program, but also our larger curatorial vision and aspirations. His years of experience, knowledge, and deep commitment have left an indelible imprint upon our institution and community. Bruce will be missed."

Read the full announcement here (PDF).

Museum Receives IMLS Grant

The Museum received a $148,306 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create a new exhibition and education space for Native American art and culture. The center will be named for the Chinook Wawa (jargon) word for “welcome,” and the Klahowya Gallery and programs will become a resource for fostering deeper understanding of Native American art and artists in the contemporary world.

Finalists announced for 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

The Museum is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. The awards exhibition celebrates contemporary art created in the greater Northwest—Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Funded in part by The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for Northwest Art, the exhibition will open at the Museum in the fall of 2015. Learn more and see the list of finalists [PDF].

Permanent Collection
Cobalt Blues
New Photography Additions
This Is War! Graphic Arts from the Great War
APEX: Wendy Red Star

Oct. 19 – Forty Years of Blue Sky

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