Community Update: December 2022

People viewing art in a gallery.

To our friends, neighbors, and community, 

With 2022 coming to a close, we have much to reflect on and to celebrate, including the Museum’s 130th anniversary, which we marked with a Miller Family Free Day on December 11th. These last months of the year have been full of activity in our galleries and spaces. The powerful combination of works by Native American artists Oscar Howe and Jeffrey Gibson is sparking conversations and introducing our community to new art as well as to our important Native American Art collection. 

I am also so pleased to see the great success of Symbiosis at PAM CUT. It’s an honor to be the U.S. premiere presenter of such a dynamic, creative, and immersive experience. And to see it sold out so quickly lets us know that there is an appetite for boundary-pushing projects. Read on for more details about ways that we’ve been connecting with each other through art. 

Brian Ferriso 

P.S. Enjoy this short, uplifting year-in-review video. More than 45,000 youth and students visited the Museum for free!

Program Highlights & News 

Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe

Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe introduces new generations to one of the twentieth century’s most innovative Native American painters. Howe (1915–1983) committed his artistic career to the preservation, relevance, and ongoing expression of his Yanktonai Dakota culture.

Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire 

An immersive, site-responsive installation by multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson, They Come From Fire transforms the exterior windows on the facade of the museum’s main building as well as our two-story interior Schnitzer Sculpture Court. This dynamic work celebrates Portland’s Indigenous history, presence, and vitality through the use of suspended glass panels, text, and photographic imagery. A companion installation of Gibson’s performance-based work To Name An Other is another vibrant expression of Gibson’s inclusive focus on community, empowerment, and visibility.

Programs to expand knowledge around these artists’ work and to celebrate our local Native community include: 

People in haptic suits at Symbiosis

PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow

U.S. Premiere of Symbiosis: One of the first multi-sensory XR (extended reality) storytelling experiences, this SOLD OUT, award-winning performative, multi-user installation is taking the art of immersive storytelling to a whole new level. 

New Fiscal Sponsorship Program 

PAM CUT began its first fiscal sponsorship program as part of its professional development offerings for artists. Fiscal sponsorships provide an avenue for tax-deductible fundraising that is often not available or feasible for individual creators and small production teams in our community.

Family at the Oscar Howe exhibit

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