Artist Talk: David Abel

January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

David Abel

Join artists from a range of disciplines in the galleries for lively conversations about works of art on view at the Museum and how they relate to their own practices. The talks are followed by complimentary social hour in the museum cafe.

David Abel is a poet, editor, and educator, and the proprietor of Passages Bookshop & Gallery. Three new books are appearing in the latter half of 2017: Selected Durations, an artist’s book from the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno, and two chapbooks from Portland publishers, XIV Eclipses (Couch Press), and sequitur her (press-press-pull). With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series. Since moving to Portland he has published twenty-five issues of the free poetry & art broadside series Envelope and devised more than thirty performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects, both solo and with a wide range of collaborators. In addition to curating regular changing exhibits at Passages, he organized the exhibitions Chax Press: Publishing Poetics for the Pacific NW College of Art and Object Poems for 23 Sandy Gallery. He is a founding member of the Spare Room reading series, now in its sixteenth year, and was an inaugural Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art.

Program begins at 6 p.m. $5 members, $19.99 non-members, $16.99 seniors. Space is limited. Tickets available online or on site.


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.