Northwest Art Council: A Necessary Irritant

January 28, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Garth Clark, Scholar & Critic of Contemporary Ceramics

A Necessary Irritant is a roller coaster ride through the Ceramic Revolution and is the final lecture on Garth Clark’s last international tour. Drawing on over 80 books, 400 monographs, essays, and reviews he has authored over the past five decades, Clark’s presentation weaves together his biography with seminal moments in 20th and 21st century contemporary ceramic art. This event is organized in collaboration with Mudshark Studios and the University of Oregon’s Center for Art Research (CFAR) and hosted by the Northwest Art Council.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.