Evening for Educators: Constructing Identity

March 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Special Exhibition, Main Building, and Miller Gallery, Mark Building

The special exhibition Constructing Identity brings together paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings from the 1930s to the present by more than 80 African-American artists. The exhibition addresses the historic underrepresentation of black artists in museums, providing a more complete understanding of African-American art and its essential place in the history of American art over the last century. Constructing Identity confronts the legacy of slavery while celebrating the beauty, compassion, and resilience of African-American culture. Join us for a self-guided experience of the exhibition followed by a discussion of African-American art and representation with Portland State University professors Lisa Jarrett (School of Art and Design) and d.a. carter (Black Studies).


5:00 p.m.: Refreshments in the Miller Gallery, Mark Building.

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.: Visit Constructing Identity after Museum hours. Enter at the Hoffman Entrance on the north side of the Museum by the outdoor sculpture court.

6:15 – 6:30 p.m.: Transition to the Miller Gallery, Mark Building.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Presentation and discussion with Portland State University professors Lisa Jarrett (School of Art and Design) and d.a. carter (Black Studies) in the Miller Gallery.

Free for all educators and students. Refreshments will be served. Please register in advance.



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 access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.