Blasts from the Past: Considering Mount St. Helens in Art

February 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

John E. Buchanan Jr. Memorial Lecture

Dawson Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art

This opening talk introduces the first comprehensive exhibition of art related to Mount St. Helens. Ranging from pre-contact Native American objects to contemporary works, the art celebrates the sublime beauty of the volcano in periods of serene calm and cataclysmic fury. Come learn how the exhibition chronicles the epic cycles of volcanic destruction and regeneration taking place in our backyard.

ASL/English Interpreters and automated real time captioning will be provided for this event.

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Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art


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.

Henk Pander, Eruption of Saint Helens from Cable Street, 1981.
Henk Pander (American, born The Netherlands, 1937), Eruption of Saint Helens from Cable Street, 1981 (a/k/a View of Portland), Oil on linen, 54 x 64 inches, City of Portland, courtesy of the Regional Arts and Culture Council.