Evening for Educators – Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe and Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire

November 9, 2022 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Fields Sunken Ballroom

Join us for an educator program on two exciting new exhibitions! Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe introduces new generations to one of the twentieth century’s most innovative Native American painters. Howe (1915–1983) committed his artistic career to the preservation, relevance, and ongoing expression of his Yanktonai Dakota culture. He proved that art could be simultaneously modern and embedded in customary Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux) culture and aesthetics—to him there was no contradiction. In conversation with Dakota Modern, the Museum presents an immersive, site-responsive installation They Come From Fire by multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent. This dynamic work celebrates Portland’s Indigenous history, presence, and vitality through the use of suspended glass panels, text, and photographic imagery created with Indigenous, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ artists, and other community members.

  • 5:15 – 5:50 PM Open time, reserved for educators, in the exhibitions with Learning and Community Partnerships staff
  • 6:00 – 6:50 PM Presentations by Native American Art Curator Kathleen Ash-Milby and IMLS Curatorial and Community Partnerships Fellow Erin Grant in the Sunken Ballroom
  • 6:50 – 7:30 PM Workshops in the Sunken Ballroom led by Ezra Whitman (Roosevelt High School) and Renea Menchaca (NAYA Many Nations Academy)

Admission is free. Registration requested. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

PDU credits available.

Reserve tickets

Educator Programs are supported in part by the Ed Cauduro Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, FRAME, Robert Lehman Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, The Reser Family Foundation, Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation of the Oregon Community Foundation, and the People of Portland through the Arts and Education Access Fund.


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.

Umine Dance, 1958. Casein and gouache on paper, mounted to board, 18 x 22 in., Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.
Umine Dance, 1958. Casein and gouache on paper, mounted to board, 18 x 22 in., Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.