Photograph of Darrell Grant

Pictures at an Exhibition: A Musician’s Search for the Sound of Identity

When I received the invitation from PDX Jazz and the Portland Art Museum to present a concert in honor of International Jazz Day, I knew immediately that I wanted to tie the performance closely to the Constructing Identity exhibit. This expansive exhibition is a powerful lens through which to view over a century of African-American formation, exploration, and reinvention of identity – much of it in the face of dehumanizing racism and oppression.

Rodin 3D prints

Remixing Rodin’s Sculpture

Rodin Remix provides visitors with hands-on knowledge of Rodin’s forms, and teases out two elements of his process – his reuse of old fragments in new works of art, and his mass-production of sculptures – using 3D printed versions of Rodin’s sculptures.

Isa Genzken, "Two Orchids", 2015-2016

The Power of the Flower

In an extraordinary appearance, Two Orchids by renowned artist Isa Genzken rises outside the Portland Art Museum, white blooms balanced on stems measuring three stories tall. Rendered in cast aluminum and stainless steel, the outsized flowers have the scale of a monument; but as a monument it is a complicated one.

Rick Bartow, Quiet One, 2013

Museum Responds to the Proposed NEA, NEH, and IMLS cuts

The Portland Art Museum joins museums and cultural institutions across the country in opposition to the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The arts are essential to our shared humanity and provide unparalleled opportunities for reflection, creative expression, and most importantly, connection to each other.

Photograph of Grace Kook-Anderson

Grace Kook-Anderson Appointed Curator of Northwest Art

Brian Ferriso, the Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, today announced the appointment of Grace Kook-Anderson as the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art. Kook-Anderson was most recently the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California, and has spent the last year as an independent curator and freelance writer in Portland. Previously she was curator and exhibition organizer on a number of projects, including Amateurs (CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco), and The Land Mark Show (Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico), among others, and served as assistant to the chief curator at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She holds undergraduate degrees in art history and art practice from University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in curatorial practice from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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Rothko Pavilion rendering

Museum Expands with the Rothko Pavilion

Portland Art Museum announces building expansion and 20-year partnership with Rothko family to exhibit rarely seen major paintings by Mark Rothko.

Vik Muniz, Rouen Cathedral (Les Classiques de L’Art, Flammarion)

Vik Muniz: First acquisitions by new Contemporary Collectors Circle

This fall, visitors to the Museum will enjoy three newly acquired works from the Rouen Cathedral series by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, inspired by Impressionist master Claude Monet’s well-known paintings.

The three artworks were purchased for the Museum by its newly founded Contemporary Collectors Circle (CCC), whose goal is to transform the Museum and the city through the acquisition of major works of contemporary art. The concept for the CCC was born out of the personal experiences of Matt Felton, a Museum Trustee with a passion for modern and contemporary art.