Art & Conversation: Object Stories – Powerful Self

March 16, 2017 @ 9:15 am – 11:30 am

Join us the third Thursday of every month for coffee and conversation followed by a lecture or film screening.

This month’s featured speakers include Kristin Bayans, Manager of Interpretive Media, along with storytellers featured in the current Object Stories rotation, Powerful Self: LGBTQIA2S+ Lives Today, and archivists from the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition showcases personal objects and stories of resilience and joy from intergenerational members of local gay and queer communities in their pursuit to live as their most authentic selves. Afterwards, meet the exhibition’s storytellers as they lead talks in the Object Stories gallery.

Coffee at 9:15 a.m. in the Fields Ballroom, Mark Building; lecture at 10:15am in the Whitsell Auditorium, Main Building. Those attending the lecture are also welcome to explore the galleries after the talk. This series is free for adults 62 and over and is made possible through the Marguerite and Harry Kendall Education Fund. Additional support comes from Rick and Erika Miller.


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.