Community Update April 2022

Artists of Latino Art NOW Collective in the Museum’s Schnitzer Sculpture Court, March 2022

To our friends, neighbors, and community, 

Our winter and spring have been brightened by outstanding exhibitions like Queen Nefertari’s Egypt and Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism, the latter of which is bringing an average of 9,000 visitors per week downtown and into the galleries. We also continue to uplift and highlight local artists and artists of color with exhibitions like Mesh, APEX: Sharita Towne & A Black Art Ecology of Portland, and the rotating gallery AUX/MUTE, curated by The Numberz FM. 

New media and storytelling also shone brightly over these past several months, culminating in the recent Cinema Unbound Awards and the announcement of PAM CUT, Center for an Untold Tomorrow, as the new name for the Northwest Film Center.

With our community returning to in-person activities and continuing to embrace online opportunities, our calendar is full of talks, lectures, film screenings, awards ceremonies, and more. We have also been able to bring back our Miller Family Free Days, and look forward to offering one on April 24.  It is nothing short of phenomenal to see our galleries full again, and a great joy to have schools returning for tours. I am so grateful to all of our members, donors, and partners who have been with us through it all.


Brian Ferriso

Program Highlights & News

Live mural painting.

Frida Kahlo, Diego, Rivera, and Mexican Modernism 

Portlanders were ready for this long-awaited exhibition to open, and they have been showing up in the galleries, in online programs, and participating in partnerships in a big way. At the midpoint of the exhibition, attendance is on track to be one of the most well-attended exhibitions in Museum history and also one of the most inclusive. The exhibition labels are offered in both English and Spanish, as are the advertising and promotion. Learning and community partnership highlights include the following: 

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt.

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt 

This anticipated exhibition brought ancient Egypt to Portland in fascinating fashion from October to January. More than 75,000 visitors immersed themselves in the daily lives of Egyptians during the time of Queen Nefertari and were introduced to customs and city life through art and objects that have been preserved for centuries. 

PAM CUT Cinema Unbound Awards.

PAM CUT is the new name for the Northwest Film Center 

In March, the Northwest Film Center became PAM CUT, Center for an Untold Tomorrow. The new name, which was revealed during the third annual Cinema Unbound Awards on March 8, positions the 50-year-old organization for a more expansive future.

AUX/MUTE Gallery.

The Numberz FM Residency Partnership continues 

At the core of the Museum’s ongoing partnership with The Numberz FM, a community-based radio station that identifies with the tagline “The Black Music Experience for Black Portland,” is a goal to build meaningful relationships that strengthen the bridge between art and community. This goal continues to be met in new and meaningful ways, including:

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism.

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